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:
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!
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."
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.
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. The term has come to be used as a metaphor for impending doom.