A few months ago I shifted work premises to become part of Australasia's largest co-working space.
As I flippantly comment to outside colleagues, there's an opportunity cost for a lot
of different types of business activity in not being in a place such as this.
(On a completely different tangent, my early-20s daughter sometimes brings her friends in here, even if I'm not, to check the place out – providing a completely unscientific proof of how cool it is).
[caption id="attachment_2761" align="alignnone" width="2688"] Ideas in action at the Biz Dojo[/caption]
Resident numbers ebb and flow, but it's constantly creeping up and now stands at about 150 residents (with 180 estimated to be this BD's maximum)
Naturally there's a broad mix of consultants – strategic, design, digital strategy, marketing, writing...you name it.
There's plenty of programmers too riding the digital wave, and social-enterprise ventures sprinkled around its two large airy rooms which are about 1400m2 in area.
Then there's a range of numbers-of-employees businesses. Awa are enviromental scientists, Wipster enables 'joyful video editing' (its own tagline that I love as a persona, description and development reference), 3 Months build anything from websites to mobile apps. Method Recycling manufacture and market in-office recycling bins (paper, cans and plastic, landfill, glass, organics) which are a stylish cut above your usual workplace kit.
[caption id="attachment_2764" align="alignnone" width="2688"] The Biz Dojo kitchen, and all important espresso machine, in the background[/caption]
Haworth by Europlan provides all the office furniture and frequently bring potential clients here as a living showroom for its range of desks, isolation pods, tables and noise-reduced meeting rooms. The BD's event space is almost infinitely reconfigurable using different pieces of Europlan's kit.
Being at the Biz Dojo In the first instance means there's a good chance that outside skills or expertise are available in-house.
If not, there's someone who knows someone who has it.
But, most important of all – and where the opportunity cost of not being here comes into play – is the almost bottle-able sense of ideas and action, a powerful underpinning that feeds on its own success.
This interaction was described by the late Phillip Capper most memorally in a sticK blog from a number of years ago.
I hope I serve his intent well by repeating it – and affirming why, for me, this is the only place in town to work.
One particular area that this applies to is adult learning within a workplace Capper says.
As such, people don’t learn new knowledge by reading a book.
“Adult learning occurs mostly in the spaces between people, not in their heads,” he says. “It is the conversations, the interactions between people that generates new knowledge,” particularly when people with two different areas of expertise connect.