On Community

Remote Working Doesn't Mean No More Community. It means thinking outside the box.

I’ve been thinking a lot about community. With most of us working remotely, it's extremely important to remember you can still have community while being remote and safe in your “bunker.” In fact, for some, it’s necessary.

I recently joined a co-working space in Philly, which is doing all online co-working right now due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Indy Hall is the first co-working space in Philadelphia (circa 2006), if not the nation. When they opened the term co-working didn’t really exist

With Covid making in-person gathering challenging, the team at Indy Hall decided to try something new — all-remote-online co-working.

I joined last Friday and I’m already I feel the love from the community. Granted, I’ve known about Indy Hall and know a good amount of the members for a while now.

Online community co-working might be something that other communities and co-working spaces look into.

Some things they do include:

  • Morning coffee chats

  • Lunch time video watching parties

  • Show & Tell sessions to show off what you’re working on

  • Quiet co-working sessions on Zoom, where you sit quietly and just work on your own stuff with other people “around you”

    and so much more.

It is important to keep social interaction going while distancing. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s needed. You don’t know how much you need it until socialization is gone.

What are you doing to stay sane during the this pandemic? Are you hosting online calls? Joining online communities? I want to hear.

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