The nature of work has changed which means the nature of how we work has to change as well. This week I discovered a brand new gem of a workspace which speaks to the evolutionary changes in how we work & it's one which covers all the bases called NextSpace. In essence it's where "physical [& virtual] workspace meets community." While it reflects today's open-concept offices [cubicles are so 90's] it also has private offices, 2 different sized conference rooms [check out “the former bank
vault” which is a small conference room], a sense of respect for others who are working that is typically found in libraries, the experience of both an internet café as well as a patch of [faux] grass giving it a “homey, social feeling” and best of all, not only are pets welcomed, they are encouraged. Naturally they have other things covered like super-fast internet, wireless printing capability, all the coffee/bottled water you can drink as well as the other critical components of an appropriate office infrastructure. In short, a very flexible workspace which is cost-effective when you are someone like me who also works on a client’s site fairly frequently. Even small client meetings are a breeze without the need to necessarily commandeer a conference room. NextSpace offices are spreading all over major cities here in CA because it has its fingers on the pulse of today's entrepreneur. It’s a blend of Silicon Valley & its host city which in my case is both Berkeley & San Francisco, never once forgetting that this is a real office where professionals are conducting serious business. Basically, it’s a place that takes its mission but not itself too seriously.
A Functional Yet Fun Place To Work
Small business people or those who do other academic or creative work for a living may want /need to work privately or in very small groups most of the time and this space allows you to do that while also giving you the traditional office experience so that if you want to “bounce a new idea off someone” or just take a pleasant & social 10 minute coffee break, it’s easy & natural to do. There is also an opportunity for a lot of "cross-pollination" given the variety of businesses that are represented. Potentially flirting with disaster, the designers ran a huge risk of trying too hard & therefore missing the mark but kudos to the creators of the space because somehow they managed to walk an extremely fine line while getting everything just right. In addition there are events, brown bag lunches, member-only email discussion lists, lectures, and happy hours NextSpace strives to build a community of interesting working professionals. If you need a more flexible workspace & there is one in a town where you are currently working, I encourage you to check it out.