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Hawaii's First Coworking Space

Mind Lab @ BoxJelly

Mind Lab is coming to the BoxJelly and you don’t want to miss it. Geared towards activating conscious entrepreneurs and changing the way to world does business, the Mind Lab workshop uses progressive techniques to help individuals like yourself set goals and and take action to achieve them. What’s the final product? By the end of the Mind Lab Workshop you will have an organized mind map and a timeline that plots a 3-month trajectory of success in life and in business.

 

Want to learn more? MindLab Eventbrite

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indigo indigo

fishcake presents indigo indigo, featuring the works of Ann Asakura, Akemi Cohn, and Donna Miyashiro. Following the success of fishcake’s indigo show last year, they’ve asked artists to take their creative impulse a step further: to play, challenge themselves, and surprise us with their indigo experiments. Curator Keiko Hatano muses, “Usually indigo is more utilitarian – for cushions, towels and sometimes clothing. What will happen if we use indigo on different materials and mediums? How can the artists add their own twist to this tradition?”

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September 18th PARK(ing) Day

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PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where people collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into mini-parks.

This Friday September 18th, several temporary parklets will be created across Honolulu, including ones coordinated by HHF Planners, Paiko, Blue Planet Foundation, BEvolve and The Trust for Public Land (in partnership with KUPU, KUA, Mana Ai, Hui Ku Maoli Ola, Better Block Hawaii, 88 Block Walks, GreenerReader, and Interisland Terminal). Stay tuned for details!

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Morning Glass

808.673.0065
www.morningglasscoffee.com

Morning Glass approaches their coffee as well as their food with the same basic philosophy – seek out the best ingredients possible, and prepare them simply and properly. All coffees are fresh roasted and ground and brewed to order. All baked goods and sandwiches are made fresh every day at their Mānoa location. Catering items available for your meetings and events.

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Kleverdog

Juicy Journals 
LOS ANGELES, CA
Tuesday 4/29/14

There’s public transport, but then, there’s the sharing economy. Juicy gave us access to a promo code for Lyft, so of course I was going to try it despite my Uber allegiances. Since the app wasn’t connecting me with my driver, I couldn’t tell him I pinned the wrong address (sorry, Paul!); so instead, I went with uberX. Seriously, I think I found my part-time job once it hits Honolulu.

“Cabbing” still didn’t save me nearly enough time between then and my 6:15pm Amtrak departure, but I HAD to meet David; he’s the founder, AND from Hawai’i! Sam (the driver) said he’d pause the meter and wait 10minutes. I gave myself 5.

Malcolm Gladwell talks about the reliability of first impressions, and a first impression is pretty much all that I got of Kleverdog (and that Kleverdog got of me). Comfortable, active, and creative are the first words that come to mind. And as much of a rush as I was in, David just smiled, laughed, and said he’d be looking forward to next time we could talk story. Looks like I’ll just have to make another trip to LA!

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Opodz

Juicy Journals 
LOS ANGELES, CA
Tuesday 4/29/14

Public transportation might not be the most reliable, it is one of the  most effective forms to get to know the city and its people. Busses usually have bad raps for carrying bums and degenerates, but really, it carries everyone who can’t drive (i.e. the elderly and grade school children), or doesn’t want to drive (i.e. urban commuters, bicyclists, me).

Getting off the bus into Little Tokyo, I ran into Angel. She had been left by her husband, needed money for meds because she had an infection, and was [supposedly] pregnant. I couldn’t exactly make out her injury, but at one point I thought I could see straight through to her bones. I sympathized even more because she’s from Fountain Square in Indianapolis (just a bridge away from The Bureau, where I’m writing this now).

The thing about “bums and degenerates” is that they know their areas very well. Since I apparently can’t use [Google] maps, I threw Angel a $10 which I used to comfort my conscience, and for her to show me where I was going. How pretentious of me to think she didn’t know where I’d be talking about, because as soon as I said “Opodz” instead of “an office”, she immediately took me straight to the front door!

Opodz is fairly new, as well as the developments in and around Little Tokyo. In a lot of ways, Opodz reminded me of BoxJelly – our space size is about the same, number of members is about the same, and we even have some of the same bottles of scotch in our bars. But something Opodz is already experiencing that BoxJelly hasn’t yet is residential development. Because we’re in Kaka’ako, a redeveloping urban district of Honolulu, our neighbors are all businesses. There are some residences (a condo., an old folks home, and a homeless shelter), with more on the way (luxury high-rise condos), but seeing how Opodz was trying to build community made me wonder what’s in store as our neighborhood changes.

I got the same feeling as I did with NextSpace, in that Opodz was very neighborhood oriented. Lots of their members and inquiries come from people who live in Little Tokyo. They set up cafe seating outside, and offer free space for local artists to feature their work – such gallery space is not common in LA. But for being the new kid on the block, all their reserved desks were filled, their open desks were active, and there are a number of discounts that their members had to neighboring businesses. Looks like I have get on my neighborhood relations game once I get back!

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Blankspaces

Juicy Journals 
LOS ANGELES, CA
Tuesday 4/29/14

So there’s a lot of encouragement for public and alternative forms of transport, but I’d argue why we are still attached to cars is because of their reliability. It’s a lot easier to get back on the right path with a car. This thought would circle in my head as I was late for my next appointment with Jerome from Blankspaces.

It was somewhat serendipitous because I ended up going to the wrong Blankspaces location, and was able to see the first location at Mid-Wilshire. This is the space from which Jerome improved his model and design for the  second Blankspaces location in downtown LA.

“So what about programming?”
“Ugh! Too much work. I’ve designed for that.”
“What about member communication?”
“Agh! Too much hassle. I’ve designed for that.”
“What about community culture?”
“Bah! I’ve designed for that too.”
*NOT direct quotations*

So those aren’t direct quotes, but it gets the gist. Jerome’s dismissiveness was about  the inefficiencies of implementing all of those things. Of course, we know that all of those elements are essential, but what he’s designed has challenged me to shake off my own perceptions and assumptions of what is “necessary”, and to think about what really gets to the point of our initiatives. “People are ultimately here to work, not to socialize.” It’s quite bold, but ultimately, it’s true. The point for joining a coworking space is the same:Whether you’re unproductive working alone, or need an affordable alternative, you need to #GSD.  It is the design of coworking spaces that services the intersection of different people, from different places, and from different industries. This design facilitates the common denominator in the way that they work. Every design is wrong and every design is right; but are members being productive in the environment created? Are they wanting to be in that environment? Does the community match the expectations of the coworking space, and vice versa?

Jerome also hosted a workshop at Juicy on architecture and design of coworking spaces. He’s got a lot going on with coworking associations, so I’d pay attention to LEXC and Coshare if you aren’t already familiar. Coworking – it’s coming to every city near to, and far from, you!

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NextSpace (Venice)

Juicy Journals 
LOS ANGELES, CA
Tuesday 4/29/14

LA was the first leg of the journey, with four spaces to get to before Amtrak-ing out to Kansas City! The first space was NextSpace in Venice. I’ve had my reserves about multi-locational spaces, always wondering how they foster the individual identity of each space and its community. But seeing the way Carl interacted with drop-ins and new members, and talking with him about the neighborhood developments, it became apparent that each NextSpace location is like the neighborhood coworking spot.

Across the street, Joe Silver is building a studio out of the old Post Office. Google opened its first office in Venice, which was soon followed by a migration of other companies and startups to the westside/Santa Monica area. The area is becoming a kind of crossroads between entertainment and tech, and has been dubbed ‘Silicon Valley’, which locals didn’t really appreciate, “…because we have our own identity that’s besides [Silicon Valley]”, Carl explained. Carl is someone who has lived in Venice Beach for over 16 years, and our conversation made me wonder – what is coworking’s role in gentrification? Perhaps it is a cause – facilitating the population that’s encroaching upon the neighborhood. Perhaps it is a result – an indication that there are already those now living in the area with higher income. Perhaps it is a buffer – providing current residents with the flexibility to work where they live. As for Carl, a long-time resident, NextSpace and coworking have provided him with a place to work (he is also a musician), and a job that he enjoys.

Watching the neighborhood go by from behind the large tinted windows, there was always a boarder or a bicycler. The sun was shining, and the beach was calling me from just two blocks away. To the land of bikes and boards, I had to bid Venice a dieu to head downtown; development is something that’s happening in Kaka’ako so I’m sure our conversations of neighborhoods and coworking will continue!

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Juicy Journals

Hey everyone,

Juicy Journals is a log of my trip for the Global Coworking Unconference. It’s been two years since Tony and Rechung attended Juicy, so I thought, “Why not me, in 2014!” To and from the unconference, I’ll be stopping where I can, and visiting spaces along the way. This is somewhat of an ode to last summer, and my failed attempts at the Millennial Trains Project. I hardly raised a fraction of my goal, but my two supporters and the MTP journey inspired me to jump on a train anyways (something I’ve been wanting to do since stumbling upon Silver Streak one late night on AMC). 

Below are the cities and coworking spaces visited in the order of travel.

Cheers,
Britney T-M

 

Juicy Journals

 LOS ANGELES
NextSpace (Venice)
Blankspaces (DTLA)
Opodz
Kleverdog Coworking

KANSAS CITY
– GCUC | 5/1・5/2 ・5/3
– ThinkBig
– Port
– Spring Accelerator
– Google Fiber

ST. LOUIS
– Nebula Coworking

INDIANAPOLIS
– The Bureau

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