Creativity not only in Hobbitland
While Hobbitmania has just broken out in Wellington, creative people from all over the country are working together on their projects in The BizDojo. The creative scene in New Zealand is much more than "Lord of the Rings".
Not only illustrators, web designers, video editors, app developers work together in the coworking space, but also garden architects and even one of the most important Company the new-soul art and creative scene, http://www.thebigidea.co.nz, an 10 founded artist community with meanwhile 60.000.
Design and branding from the community
Most coworkers work in the field of technology, design and renewable energies. The interior design and branding of The BizDojo, combining traditional Maori-style elements and cutting-edge design, was designed by people who work here - not for nothing:
"We pay what we like," says coworking founder Nick Shewring, whom I met in his office in Auckland. Exchange is very important here:
Open desks from 250 dollars a month
The desks are all open in the room, but there are three closed meeting rooms. The chairs are comfortable and ergonomic compared to various coworking spaces with wooden chairs.
The prices are graduated: For one day a week, the coworkers pay 250 dollars a month. For three days a week 460 dollars a month and 735 dollars as full-time coworkers. 60 percent work here full-time, the remaining 40 percent in part-time and case by case.
"If you have confidence, you also get something back"
The full-time coworkers have unlimited access to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But even for the part-time coworkers, there are no controls, all have a key: "You have to trust the people, then comes back," says Nick: "People do not exploit that!"
There are also people from abroad. "We just had a guest from London, who spent the winter here," says Nick and is pleased: "Now I have a contact to London."
The prices seem expensive at first glance, but all services include coffee, alcohol, milk, wifi, a printer, storage of food in the fridge and the use of meeting rooms.
The coworkers can also use the meeting rooms for workshops. The meeting rooms are booked via GoogleDocs.
From home office to coworking space
The motivation to start a coworking space was similar to what I experienced in many other spaces around the world: Nick was originally working at home, but that frustrated him: "I felt isolated and had no meeting room."
For his own office, however, the rents in Auckland were too high for him, and the commercial space is scarce. "Of course I could have worked in another coworking space," says Nick.
Coworking - something completely new in New Zealand
In Auckland, there are 12 coworking spaces so far: "The definition depends on the approach, he says." In general, coworking in New Zealand is something completely new: "The New Zealanders are very shy, they do not know that," says Nick.
Therefore, Nick wanted to realize a special idea: People should not just work here, but grow as a community. Many other coworking space he has visited, he feels too cold and too impersonal. His concept is therefore much more focused on cooperation:
The coworkers complement each other professionally
"We do not just work for people who are looking for a free desk, but people who take their work very seriously." The composition of people is therefore not just random, but according to a specific system, so that the different professions complement each other - For example, the editor who is looking for a graphic artist or a designer who needs a developer.
To help them communicate with each other, The BizDoCommunity employs two community managers who work together to bring people together. For internal exchange the coworking platform Yammer is used. Over time, a well-run community has emerged in which everyone knows everyone.
Digital workers also want to work with their hands
When 2011 opened the Coworking Space branch in Wellington in July, people took eight-hour trips from Auckland and 30 people flew to Wellington to participate in the opening: "That impressed me a lot at the time. Thought is, "says Nick.
But not only that: the coworking space also opened the Biz Dojo Co: Space in July, a so-called Makerspace for craftsmanship and practical work: "If, for example, a designer wants to implement his design directly, he just goes to the other side of the street, paid and can use the appropriate machines, "Nick tells me. The idea behind it is as simple as it is simple: It is, he says, a great need for people working digitally to work physically as well.
Work for free in 260 Coworking Spaces worldwide
The community thoughts spread the people of The BizDojo but also beyond New Zealand: The coworking space is part of the online community.
"We partner with 260 coworking spaces in Rome, Alessandria or Buenos Aires. And because New Zealanders enjoy traveling, they can then work for free in the partner spaces around the world, "Nick tells me about the benefits of the coworking network.
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