Baker Coworking Space? Let's start one.
Two years ago I founded Creative Density in Uptown with the help and community support of dozens of people that were aware excited about the growing coworking movement and wanted to be part of it's growth in Denver. For six months we asked for votes on neighborhoods, what was important to them, and got together to talk about the space and the community we wanted to build. Now that we have one location that is growing and sustainable I want to help the coworking movement continue to grow with your support and input. After all, coworking is a community workspace for you - smart and amazing independent professionals, small businesses, and remote workers. Your voice not only matters but is important and needed to create a collaborative coworking space.
In the last six months I've been looking at the Baker neighborhood to start a coworking space and there seems to be some good locations available to create one. To start a space though we need 10 to 15 founding members and/or two or three anchor companies so we have a community on day one. Why create a community collaborate workspace if no one is there or interested, right? That's why we need to start talking now.
What's needed to get started?
1. Two or three 'anchors' that includes team from 4 to 10. We might consider teams higher then 10, but larger teams might start to dominate the culture of a coworking space.
2. 10 or more independent or remote workers. We want this to be a mix of different skill sets to create what I've called 'Diversity of Thought, Diversity of Perspective.' This is caused when people when different skill sets, processes, and resources start talking and working together. It helps us break out of our bubbles and innovate.
3. A great space. The Baker area has several opening up but it should be selected based on the input of future coworkers. It needs to be flexible, provide lots of open space, have some private offices, and some areas for quiet.
Interest has really been picking up in Uptown at Creative Density but we've ran out of room for teams and many members travel from the Baker area so that has sparked my interest lately. If Creative Density and coworking in Denver is going to keep growing we want to do it with the input of the members and be built by the community.
Please leave a comment if you are interested with how many people, desired location, and level of interest. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific questions.
We will have a Baker (or whatever neighborhood is highly recommended) coworking community meeting in the next few weeks to talk in person.
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