Angel Kwiatkowski is the founder of CoHere, a coworking space based in Fort Collins, Colorado.
She is the co-author of “Coworking : building community as a space catalyst“, and spoke about it during the Coworking Unconference, which took place on March 10th in Austin (Texas).
“As a former human ressources manager in a traditional organisation, I was just sending emails and fullfilling ineffective tasks, she says, Today, as a coworking space catalyst, I spend my time listening to people. That’s the best version of human ressources development. Ironicaly, I had to leave a company to actually practice my craft”.
Building a community before the opening up of a coworking space is critical, says Angel. Coworking spaces which opens without having a community already sticking people with each others take such a long time to build it that they can have to shut down before reaching the occupation breakeven point.
Coworking spaces also have a life cycle, acknowledge Angel. Free lances, entrepreneurs and people in general come in a coworking at a specific time of their professional life. They will work there during maybe 3 to 5 years, and likely move away. and the same applies likely for Coworking space owners…
Coworking Europe 2010 conference