Coworking – fad or functional necessity?

Coworking has been around for a while now and it may seem to have bit of a hipster look from the outside. Funky city warehouses with yarn-bombed stair rails and herbal teas strewn around the kitchen. So is coworking any more than just a fad? Why coworking ISN’T a fad: Behind the trendy look, there are serious forces driving coworking …

On like-mindedness

One of our regular members, Leigh, sent through a link to a new post on her own site about the importance of finding your tribe. It made me reflect on my own consideration of tribe, of belonging and simply being around other like-minded people. The concept of belonging has been a fundamental part of the human experience since our species …

November Coworking Update

This last month or so has seen a flurry of activity around coworking and spaces in the outer east of Melbourne – here’s an overview: The long-awaited Maroondah BizHub coworking and business development space at Realm Eastland opened last week for its summer shakedown period. A few of us from the Yarra Ranges Coworking community have been invited to take …

Coworking is more than just a space

In recent weeks, our Yarra Ranges Coworking community has been invited to and involved with various facilitated discussions in the outer-east region concerning coworking, shared workspaces, and entrepreneurial resources and support. These have been convened by Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges councils, engaging community-led groups such as hackers, makers and local business-people. Each of these discussions have followed a similar theme dealing …

Chapter Five

It’s been a few weeks since we last posted here, reflecting the flexibility that we have as independent workers and business owners. School holidays are now over and many of our members have chosen to work from home or to take time to care for their kids during this time. So our last couple of sessions of hills coworking have …

Chapter Four

We’re still going strong. We’ve now been meeting at Wild Oak for some weeks and we’re loving the idea of working independently, together. We’ve had a few more newcomers over the recent weeks and we expect more first timers tomorrow. We have now added to our number a building designer, a horticulturalist and garden designer, an art-printed-on-glass entrepreneur, a data …

Chapter Three

More passion, that’s what we need! And that’s exactly what we got from the most recent instalment of coworking in the Yarra Ranges. Our Hills Coworking Wednesdays are fast becoming ‘part of the furniture’ in our working weekly rituals. As an aside from the actual work that was getting done, we had a back and forth about the possibilities of …

Chapter Two

We’re now at least 12 coworkers and probably more! We had another couple of interested newcomers to our coworking session on Wednesday at Wild Oak. A few more wanted to come along but couldn’t – we’ll one day have a space for you all to just drop-in as the urge takes you 🙂 A local artist brought some ceramics for …

Chapter One

…and then one became eight! We now have the kernel of a coworking community in our beloved Yarra Ranges – and a lovely bunch of people we are too. We met at Wild Oak in Olinda over lunch in the ‘Orangery‘, a cosy and bright space off to the side of the main restaurant with a long table, perfect to …

Getting social

So we made some inroads into spreading the idea of coworking in the Yarra Ranges last week and it went well. I had several people message me, a few complete the intro survey, a few sign up for the mailing list and a lot more likes on facebook. I’ve had a lot more love from Facebook than I did from …