- I enjoy being "around" people when I work.
- But I also feel kinda bad when I'm the only one doing it so I want it to be like...where everyone is doing their own thing.
- Since many of us are now working from home, what if we make "co-working with friends IRL" a thing?
- The other issue I have is making enough time for social visits esp for friends who are a bit further away but still within driving distance...so this solves that too!
- So it's like we work the working hours but take the time to have lunch and dinner together So everyone can 'hang out' and still get their work done and also see a snippet of each other's daily life.
- This might be a good way for friends to understand what we all actually work on. Kind of like “take your parents to work” but, it’s your friends?
- I hypothesize that remote working is reducing the necessary “chilling out with co-workers” time that would be there if one were working in person, where actual creative thinking usually happens. This can be a potential substitute.
Recipe For You To Start Your Own
- A location (friend’s place, coworking space, etc.)
- Propose to friends close to the location to co-work
- Decide on a date (Fridays might be best for most? Pick one with the fewest number of meetings, though as long as there’s another quiet space people can likely take 1-2 meetings)
- Send calendar invite to all
- Show up and see how it goes!
Coworking Sessions and After-Thoughts for Future Improvements
- These are for me to keep track of, please plan your own in your friend group/city and let me know how it goes!
- 1/27 - E & M’s (Oakland)
- BB (Berkeley) - Interested: L, N
NYC (Info courtesy of Linda) The NY Public Library has free wifi and lots of study spaces... but there's no talking. But it's right next door to Bryant Park, where you can hang out afterwards! Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - they had a building / outdoor seating areas, but their wifi wasn't so great at the time. Might work though if you find a few people with memberships there too.