TRIPPIN’ is a summer blog series featuring coworking spaces, as BoxJelly intern Britney T-M travels to attend George Mason University’s Social Innovation Program. Follow the trip on Google Maps.
Being so close to my alma mater and hometown-away-from-home, I had to visit good ‘ole Hanover and Madison, Indiana. I’m glad I did because Hanover College has coincidentally implemented the perfect coworking environment. Admittedly, I was rejected for a grant to study the application of coworking in the design of public campus spaces at HC, but so was Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural proposal, so I digress.
Our Sociological Research Methods class (led by Dr. Robyn Ryle) formulated recommendations for renovation implementations. “Back in my day”, (as in 2012) Phase I of the “SAC” (as we endearingly called it), had a few pool tables, some flat screens, a few ping pong tables, and a ‘theater’ (bunch of sofas in front of a huge flatscreen).
With the completion of Phase 2, there is now a computer lab, a stage with a green room, open area space where pool tables and ping pong tables, meeting rooms, common areas, lunch nooks, and organizations such as the Haq Center lining the first and second floors (yes, BOTH floors are now in use!) which include the student life offices.
There are now countless possibilities for interaction with all of the diversity in space – student organizational meetings, class project work sessions, networking over ping-pong – the list is endless! A lot of conversation could occur between coworking spaces and institutions with spaces such as the SAC. I am jealous of, but more so very excited for, all future Hanoverians.
NOTE TO STUDENTS: Take advantage that costs such as ‘membership dues’ are already factored into your tuition, and quarters aren’t required to operate the pool tables (billiards skills are ESSENTIAL to connect with local sub-cultures of the nearby town of Madison, IN).
NOTE TO ’12 CLASSMATES: If you need to find me during Homecoming, I’ll be on the beer tour at The Shoebox, or hustling pool tables in the SAC.
I don’t have much to say (there are no coworking spaces here), except for my expressions of affinity for this little river town. It’s got so much heart and soul if you look, and it unfortunately took me 4 years to find it. It’s a small town, but there are a lot of professionals that are either located here or pass through because of behemoths like the power-plant, that would/could use coworking; not to mention the population of tourists, and community opportunities that coworking spaces tend to bring. The question of coworking in rural areas always tugs at my interests because of Madison being my home-away-from-hometown. If you’re interested in this conversation too, please, get @ me.