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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Coworking Open House: Cafe-Like Community and Collaboration Space

We're having an open house, and you're invited!

Been wondering what all the buzz about coworking is about?

Tired of fighting for desk space at coffee shops like Ritual House Coffee Roasters?

Are you self-employed and miss community and structure in your work life?

If so, then it's time to start the New Year right and give coworking a try!

What is Coworking? Coworking is cafe-like community and collaboration space for developers, writers and independents. Grassroots coworking spaces are popping up all over the world, from New York City, to Paris, to our very own San Francisco.

On January 3rd, Wednesday, the Hat Factory Coworking space in San Francisco is throwing its doors open to welcome interested folks who want to give us a try, for free. Come and work with us during the day, from 11 AM to 5:00 PM. Bring your laptop and that manuscript, screenplay, or killer app you've been working on and leave the crowded, loud coffee shops behind.

You'll be joining a zoo of interesting people: videobloggers, writers, artists, programmers, marketers, filmmakers, podcasters, entrepreneurs, freelancers, project managers, photoeditors, consultants, and you.

When you join the Hat Factory Coworking space you get:
* community
* a low monthly rate
* kitchen
* free wifi
* printers
* coffee
* beer-o-clock
* quiet spaces to work in
* networking and expertise
* interesting people

If you have questions feel free to email us at try-me@hatfactory.net

The details:
When: Jan 3rd, 2007, Wednesday, 11AM - 5PM
Where: Hat Factory, 801 Minnesota St., #8, San Francisco
Google Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=801+minnesota+st.,+san+francisco,+ca&ie=UTF8&z=15&om=1&iwloc=addr
Cost: Free

Want more info?

Check out the Hat Factory web site: http://hatfactory.net/
See the Coworking Wiki: http://coworking.pbwiki.com
See the Coworking Blog: http://blog.coworking.info/
See the event post on Upcomming: http://upcoming.org/event/135259


Comments:
Co-working ... such a good idea.

I remember the flurry of activity when Indy was just getting in gear ... squabbles about MySQL VS PostGreSQL (whatevuh!) settled in hours ... not days or weeks, but hours. The heart of techne is praxis, and praxis is essentially social.

Alas, mere posturing is enough when one is in a resource-rich environment. Is why siddhas and yogins need to get away to attain realization: nothing rots a brain faster than glib sophistry.

In another venue I found myself writing "*I am distracted this this thought: the dominant dynamic in the OpenSource community reflects a line from the New Testament, ''To those who have will be given more; from those who have not will be taken even that which they think they have.'' Because I am poor and without credentials, whatever good I might contribute through discussion in mail-lists and forums is taken up while the meat of my work is ignored ... and I am left poorer for my effort. Who thinks that no self-interest is ever enlightened is merely a cynic; who thinks that self-interest is not usually the driving motive is merely naive."

A little while after writing that I went looking for one of your old pages, something I read a coupla weeks ago, something about how conventional forums don't do much social good. I didn't find it. Not in google (not sufficiently specific search terms) and not in my History (NS3.0 functionality has been lost; we've regressed ... it's all out fun and show, now.)

Until and unless the aim is recognized as being part of the emancipation project that was so central to the age of enlightenment (Yes I mean rationalism!) we will only have the splendid pass-time of creating brilliant tools, rather than enabling something on the scale of an actualized Glass Bead Game. That's why I describe my "Participatory Deliberation" as a "dialectal discourse portal".

heh ... that and $1.25 won't even get me a cuppa coffee.

be well

p.s. bet google login stops me from posting this!
 
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