In unserer Interviewreihe “Partners in Crime” stellen wir euch Macher_innen aus dem Bereich New Work vor, die mit uns zusammen die Arbeitswelt von morgen gestalten.
Heute haben wir Anja und Maria von JOIN getroffen. JOIN steht für Jobinnovator und ist eine Job-Suchmaschine, die den Job suchenden Menschen in den Mittelpunkt steht.
Somehow that notion of a weekly review really is silly. I mean, let’s face it: our last blog post was published towards the beginning of autumn. Autumn! Colorful leaves and so on. Today – after multiple cases of the flu, scarlet fever, frost bite and countless lemon ginger teas – the first signs of spring are beckoning. So here comes our quarterly juggle-report!
Stop! Don’t go anywhere! I promise to keep it brief. And besides, really great things are happening – but fine, if you don’t want to read on…
Oh, you’re still here – time-tested mommy strategy (Ok, then Mommy will do it all alone…) works every time!
New team offices at juggleHUB
Speaking of alone. Being alone at juggleHUB is becoming more difficult every day. Since the beginning of the year our space has noticably filled up. We have lots of new faces – some are still on their trial month, others dove right into a membership. Like Lydia and her two colleagues who booked three fixed desks.
And in early January we also welcomed our first start-up team – the boys and girls from Oolipo.
A few days ago a little two-year-old stood in our café and said: “Fall is coming with big steps”. That was as cute as it was true. And it reminded us, in the most charming way, that it was high time to recap the past few days and weeks for you. So here it goes!
juggleHUB and the first ever Berlin Coworking Festival
On October 7th and 8th the first Coworking Festival took place in Berlin. Over 20 coworking spaces joined forces to make coworking (even more) visible. Of course, if you are familiar with the start-up scene or working as a freelancer, you have most likely heard about coworking before. But many people have not and we wanted to change that. After all, coworking is an option for most people – and with the vast variety of spaces on the market, everyone should be able to find the right space for themselves. It is this variety that we wanted to demonstrate and at the same time lower the inhibitions to just come by, take a look, meet some coworkers, take a seat at a desk or just taste the coffee being offered.
At juggleHUB we had two days of “open doors” – although our doors are typically always open for anyone interested. So this time officially with title and exclamation mark: “Come on in, we look forward to meeting you!”
So we’ve been busily posting away on our social media channels – links, articles, incredibly interesting events – and the reactions are fair to good. In the process we’ve been steadily collecting likes and finally reached the magic 500 mark. Ok, we thought, to celebrate we could post a funny little “thank you” video. With us as ring card girls. We’d just post it in the afternoon, when there’s not too much traffic on our Facebook page.
No sooner said than done. We made a funny little clip, posted it online on a hot, work-unfriendly day and then turned back to our never-ending to-do list. Then, after a while, for some distraction, we made our way back to Facebook and what do we find? „Like!“, „Share!“, „Comment“, „Woohooo!“.
Yes, it still exists, our written week-in-review. For the past few weeks we switched to the spoken version, since that just seemed more appropriate. We stood in constant exchange with supporters and new people that were interested in the juggleHUB and were happy to explain and inform: „How long have you been open now?”, „How did the idea come about?” or just „What’s new at juggleHUB?“ In the future we’ll just say: Read the blog, man! No, of course not, but for those of you that have not (yet) come by we want to share a brief retrospect.
The soft opening
So, back to the question “How long have you been open now?” Exactly one month! On Monday, June 13, we opened our doors to the public for the first time and waited to see what would happen. And something happened – how exciting!
If we had to find a motto for the past week, it would surely be „design“. Seems likely when you are challenged with filling a 330-square-metre-space with life. What should the rooms look like? Which wall colors? Do we even want wall colors? And do grown-ups want to sleep in bunk beds??
Wait a sec, beds? For grown-ups? I thought this was a CoWORKING…
Who needs an intro or many words to build up tension, when you really just need 4 simple words to describe the highlights of the past week.
After the Cowork2016 conference in Hamburg this past weekend we took a brief pause and temporarily eliminated the word „coworking“ from our vocabulary. Why? To clear our heads. Yesterday then a tentative relapse – a post on our Facebook page about the current coworking statistics published by Deskmag. And today we are back in full swing! Coworking, Coworking, Coworking – Yeah!
After the many impressions and conversations from the conference had some time to sink in, we are reflecting on our take-away. Definitely a large amount of motivation – the entire conference crew, from organizers to participants, was an incredibly nice and inspiring bunch of people. You just can’t help but want to be a part of the coworking movement to turn the working world upside down. Coworking, Coworking, Coworking – Baby, are you coworking yet?
Our look back on the past week begins with a look ahead, to today, 10 am. That’s when we will be welcoming some of you to our first juggleHUB Meet & Greet! We can’t wait to meet you and get to know the real people behind those little Facebook profile pictures. We look forward to answering your questions and hearing your ideas.
It is always fascinating how a personal conversation can trigger so many great ideas and inspiration for the juggleHUB, things that we just hadn’t thought of yet but which can make all the difference.