Caroline Collective – The Early Days of CoWorking in Houston

  Caroline Collective Front Door 
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I am super proud of @organ_printer and @kned for taking the plunge, and responsibility, of starting the Caroline Collective CoWorking Space. The CC is a coworking space being started in Houston. Right now Matt and Ned in the very early stages of signing the lease and working with the contractors. Currently the space is not inhabitable, yet already leaps to life.

Also a huge thanks to @Cosmopolitician for arranging a tour for @groovehouse, @imelda and me yesterday. And for doing the web site. And for promoting the Caroline Collective! I am pretty sure Monica doesn’t sleep. So anyway, more on the CC:

From the Caroline Collective about page:

Combining the relaxed working environment of the home office with a dynamic
social atmosphere, Caroline Collective strives to positively impact the cultural landscape of Houston by fostering community, collaboration and creativity across all artistic and technological disciplines.

Coworking is both a global and unique to Houston phenomenon. As the global marketplace continues to free the worker from his/her physical location, more and more young professionals work as either “digital nomads“ or as home-office based independents. Houston, as the preeminent global city is a the ideal location of the effect of market forces on the smallscale work-force. The coworking model encourages the free flow of projects and ideas and is founded on the belief that working together is working smarter.

This is exciting for the city of Houston!

It should also be mentioned that there is no doubt in my mind that Tara Hunt was instrumental in influencing the coworking movement both here and throughout the US. So thanks for the thought leadership Tara!

Regarding the economy of the United States on March 22, 2008

Regarding the economy of the United States on March 22, 2008.

I noticed that many people are reluctant, or "were" reluctant, to use the word recession as the economy spiraled down in 2007. Yet in my eyes the recession was late and it annoyed me when people denied it’s arrival. Stockdale suggests we don’t keep our head in the sand if we want to survive.

"Every good-to-great company embraced what we came to call the
Stockdale Paradox: You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and
will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, AND at the
same time have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your
current reality, whatever they might be."

Good to Great, Jim Collins

The fact that the US economy is in a recession, and may go into a depression, isn’t rocket science. It is common sense.

You have malaise at best in America. From that previous link ArabNews says:

The United States remains the sole superpower, but its dominance is
challenged by an economic and cultural shift toward Asia and the impact
of globalization, which Americans do not yet fully comprehend.

Add to that a few more items. Oh I don’t know we can start with high energy prices. The debt and deficit growing. The irrational exuberance of the housing market dropping. Overdue. Baby boomers buying more meds on less money because they "spent their children’s inheritance" (so sayeth bumber sticker wisdom). And bought condos in Florida they can’t afford. A crazy unpopular war but no way out without breaking commitments to allies.

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Beware the Ides of March

"Beware the Ides of March" – the soothsayer said to Caesar

From Wikipedia on the Ides of March:

In the Roman calendar, the term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other 8 months.[1].

In modern times, the term Ides of March (Latin Idus Martiae) is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated, in 44 BC, the story of which was famously retold in William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar.[2] The term has come to be used as a metaphor for impending doom.

photo from wikimedia commons – Vincenzo Camuccini (d. 1844), Mort de Cesar, 1798

Erin, Rachel, Michaela and Beth – THANKS!

A huge thanks to our panelists from the SXSW "Pimp my non profit" panel.

A few other shout outs:

  1. Thanks to the DC Netsquared chapter for the concept.
  2. Thanks to Techsoup for starting Netsquared which is how I met these folks to begin with.
  3. Thanks to Katie who’s hard work made the panel possible.
  4. Thanks to the approximately 300 people who attended our panel, asked questions and demonstrated the number of sxsw attendees interested in the topic!
  5. Thanks to the people who voted and commented to help us get on the radar for non profits at SXSW!

Also – as noted on Beth’s blog, here are a few other bloggers’ take on the panel

Long Station
Patty in the Burbs
Community Mobilization

SXSW Schedule Set – Pimp My Non Profit Panel Monday

  Senseable at Emerging Arts Fest 
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Back late last night from ETech in San Diego. Just attending that one. Not big enough with the west coast glitterati to have a panel there. But yes yes, indeed we are rocking SXSW with the Pimp My Non Profit Panel!

Our panel is Monday from 5 to 6!

If you are attending SXSW and I am missing a great panel I should attend please DO let me know? This is my initial plan.