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Alex Hillman



Better Communities, Better Business, and Better Coworking



Last Build Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:00:41 +0000

 



Towards a More Diverse & Inclusive Coworking Community

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:34:30 +0000

In early December, we launched the first version of Indy Hall’s Code of Conduct. Since publishing, I’ve had a number of great conversations with community members about questions and context. Each of these conversations has been a valuable exploration of my own understanding of why this new document is and will be valuable, and what […]



What did you want to be when you grew up?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:04:41 +0000

One of my FAVORITE talks I’ve ever given, in spite of it being so early in the morning, was at Creative Mornings Philadelphia. The theme for the month was “Work” and I decided to share some of the surprising lessons from early in my career and how they informed my choices later in life. You […]



“What is a community, really? How do you know that you have it?”

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:14:06 +0000

I’ll start by saying what community is not.  Community is not a place or environment Community is not a particular kind of event (though certain events are better at stimulating the elements of community than others) Community is not a business model (though businesses who understand the communities they operate within and interact with have access to unique economic […]



How to get people more involved in your community without forcing it

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:07:36 +0000

This question shows up more and more in my channels, especially from community staff that have been hired and are essentially inheriting a challenge of turning a room full of still relatively disconnected people into a dynamic, interactive community. On one hand, you’re telling prospective members about how great it is to join a community. […]



there’s no such thing as a collaborative space

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:37:20 +0000

Every time I read an article about a new “collaborative space” that’s opened, I hear the voice of Derek Neighbors repeating the following: “You can’t do collaboration, you have to be a collaborator.” Proof positive, I see a lot of comments like this one that I got over the weekend: And every week I hear […]



Lets cheers to the next 10 years

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:13:07 +0000

I like to start tours of Indy Hall in our art gallery space. It catches some people off guard, but I’ve learned that the gallery can be an easier place to explain how our coworking community really works, sometimes even better than the workspace itself. We don’t produce art shows so you can look at art on the […]



what’s next at Indy Hall? let’s find out.

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:31:52 +0000

For the last 15 months, I’ve been sharing various parts of the most crucial communications that I’ve sent to the Indy Hall community as we organized around and prepared for the biggest move of our 10 year history.  Below is the latest, which I sent today, 1 month into our new space.  The future is bright, my friends. I can’t […]



What JFDI really means

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:16:48 +0000

Spotted this perfect quote from Indy Hall alumnus and longtime badass, Kelani Nichole. “Just fucking do it. Find a sustainable means to get your ideas out into the world. Skirt the institution until you can infiltrate. Don’t imitate, there’s no point. Competition is useless, collaboration is everything. Be humble, learn from mentors and get used […]



Nearing the end of construction…

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 19:07:38 +0000

If you’ve ever been a part of a construction or renovation project, you know that there’s an “arc” of how things appear to be going. Right after demolition, once everything has been stripped away and cleaned up, you start to see the real potential of what’s to come Then you get into the actual build […]