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Friday, May 02, 2008

Coworking Roots, Coworking on CBS, and Cubes and Crayons Blogging Panel

Some coworking updates as I actually cowork with some friends out in Oakland; what's nice is we are actually doing some of the original ideas behind coworking. Any movement shifts and changes as it goes mainstream, dropping various aspects and picking up others, which is fine. However, one of the original ideas I had when I created coworking was to make it a bit more conscious around work. We've had checkins today, set goals, and asked for support in keeping them. Taken walks, did a silent lunch that was meditative, and more. I found with the original coworking space that folks didn't necessarily like the hippie aspect as much, but I do :) I wanted to pull some of the bohemian work atmosphere when I was at Esalen into a more traditional workspace.

CBS has a nice news piece that is syndicated nationally on coworking:

As the coworking meme continues to spread, its morphing into all sorts of interesting forms. The Cubes & Crayons is a really unique idea around creating coworking space for adults and child-care for your kids. Its a great way to get out of the house and get work done without getting distracted by your kids + knowing your kids are nearby having fun and getting childcare. I'll be speaking at Cubes & Crayons on a Blogging Basics panel happening soon. Here's the details, taken from their website:

Thursday, May 8 - Blogging Basics
Registration deadline May 6

7:00 - 7:30pm Cocktails and Networking
7:30 - 9:00pm Workshop
Are you interested in knowing more about the blogging phenomenon? Do you blog and are looking for inspiration and community? Come join us for a panel discussion with experts of the Blogosphere! Enjoy delicious desserts, meet our great panelists and have a fun evening! You will learn:
* The many purposes of blogging
* Blogging tips & tricks
* Which are some of the best blogs
* What to avoid when writing one
* About the panelists' expertise (such as monetizing and promoting one's blog)
Panelists include:
Jill Asher of SVMoms, is Partner and Co-founder, Silicon Valley Moms Group and mother of two daughters. In addition to SVmoms, Jill is a Human Resources consultant.
Stefania Pomponi Butler of CityMama is a professional writer and blog editor/producer who covers style, food, pop culture, and parenting with a cheeky twist. She often speaks on blog-related topics.
Eric Case currently is a freelancer at Vedana Consulting, is a very recent employee of Blogger, now owned by Google, having handled product management and developer relations.
Brad Neuberg is an internationally recognized software inventor, engineer, and open source consultant. In addition, Brad Neuberg created coworking, an international grassroots movement to found a new kind of workspace for the self-employed. His blog is he also writes for
Cost: $25 or $40 for this & Build-A-Blog Workshop on May 22 with Beth Blecherman of TechMamas
Reservations: 650.323.2551 or


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