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Church as Co-working Space

I came across an article about church as a space for co-working yesterday.

It was one of those moments when you think that something is so obvious you can’t believe everyone isn’t already doing it!

We know that working patterns have changed.  Loads of people work from home now.  That’s great.  You don’t have to commute.  You can work in your pjs, listen to whatever music you like as loud as you want, video conference, email, work hours to suit your life… Home working has lots of upside, but it can also be a lonely existence.

That’s why you see so many people camped out in coffee shops with their MacBooks.  They are looking for company.  The presence of other human beings.  And cake.

nomad worker

But we also know that being with others is a creative way to work.  Those conversations where people ask what you’re working on and then add some insight or suggest a contact that could help, or suggest working together on something…

So, why doesn’t your church create a space for these nomadic workers?

You have a hall that probably doesn’t get used much during the day.

You have tables and chairs.

You have a kitchen and toilets.

All you need is some good, reliable wifi, power sockets, a wifi printer and someone to be around to welcome people and put the kettle on and make a decent cup of coffee.  Stick in some whiteboards and plants and you have just created co-working nirvana.

It’s like a constant coffee morning for people with jobs.  And they will pay to use your space.

I’m not suggesting you become a start up incubator, yet, just a nice friendly place with space and a welcome.

There are some great examples of churches who are already doing it…

St Lydia’s in Brooklyn is my favourite.  They do dinner church so they were already half way there.

Sy Lydia’s Co-working

So, what’s stopping your church from being a space for co-working?

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Global Cardboard Challenge

Remember Caine’s Arcade?  Well, the idea of encouraging kids to build and play with cardboard has grown… lots.

6 October 2012 is build day for the Imagination Foundation’s Global Cardboard Challenge.

This fall, the Global Cardboard Challenge invites the world to build anything awesome out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination. Cardboard Challenge events can be of any scale and are being planned around the world. The Cardboard Challenge culminates on October 6th – the one year anniversary of the flashmob that made Caine’s day – with a Global Day of Play: On October 6th, communities around the world will be able to find local Cardboard Challenge events, and come out to play, celebrating the creativity and imagination of kids everywhere.

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Why don’t you build something with your kids, Sunday School, class at school, kids club, youth group, messy church…

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just one more thing…

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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Specialized Globe Roll 2
Specialized Globe Roll 2

They have one of these in Dales.  I’m so glad I have no cash or I would have bought it for no other reason that it looks amazing.

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Microsoft Courier digital journal

From the videos and pictures on Engadget it looks like Microsoft might have cracked the tablet with their Courier digital journal.

If this thing does all this and actually works then the iPad could be dead before it is even born.

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the problem of expectation

Whose expectations are you trying to meet?  And why?

People have expectations of us.  At work our boss, our colleagues, our constituents, congregations or customers all have lots of expectations of us, each one as different as they are.

Who sets these expectations and who decides when and if you have met or exceeded them?

I find that often in my work that people don’t know what to expect of me, or that their expectations of what I will do with them are very different to what I think they need.

That might mean that they are disappointed because they didn’t get what they wanted or expected.

Is that a good thing?

Or should our jobs be about meeting people’s expectations?

What room does that leave for creativity, prophecy and vision?

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U2 360 on YouTube

U2 360

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Last night U2 streamed the whole of their 360o concert from the Rose Bowl on YouTube, for free.  The stream is repeating at the moment and will then be available on demand for a couple of weeks.

If you have the time (and you should make the time) have a look at the future of stadium gigs…  It is a truly amazing sight… and the music is pretty good too.