The astonishing power of community

by Marn Norwich I moved to Vancouver 22 years ago with my sister, with little more than a manuscript of short stories, stashed under my airplane seat. We knew one person in British Columbia. We did not have jobs, and we weren’t students. We realized very quickly that to create our visions of fulfilling our purpose, we were also going to have to create community — from scratch. We could not flourish in a vacuum, and we were intent on... View Article

Free as in space not as in … beer?

The upcoming event for Coworking BC that I’ve been harassing you all to come to and invite people to has a suggested donation of $10. For all events I help to plan, I strive to make them accessible for everyone, and that has usually meant they’re free or ultra low cost. I’ve been rethinking offering free access to Subculture at Creative Coworkers for a while now, recommending that hosts who receive sponsored space ask their attendees to give a small... View Article

Rumours

We think Subculture is an amazing place to work. But don’t take our word for it – check out what our members have to say! Member Love …  “Not only is the studio a beautiful pace filled with everything you could ever want in an office but it seems to attract some of the most creative and interesting people in town. The opportunities for cross pollination, peer support and epic good times are virtually unlimited.” “A beautiful and inviting space... View Article

Work for yourself, not by yourself

by Marn Norwich Coworking is not a choice for me. It is the only way I can imagine working as a self-employed contractor and consultant. I discovered years ago that I wasn’t built for isolation. In my opinion, no one really is. I realized at some point that if I was going to continue working for myself, it was not going to be by myself.  Working alone made me crazy, and it seemed to me that my state of mind... View Article

How coworking (maybe) saved my life

by Marn Norwich Over the years, the practice of coworking has heaped blessings upon me. It’s been a vehicle for upliftment, friendship, networking, community-building, laughter, learning, productivity, creativity, focus and money-money-making, to name a few benefits. Coworking has certainly enhanced my life beyond imagination, and until yesterday, to say that it has saved my life would have been poetic posturing. But yesterday, coworking may have actually saved my life. I was sitting at a long table at one of my favourite coworking... View Article

Subculture

… at Creative Coworkers Since the opening of our coworking studio in 2015, we’ve been watching the development of something special. In a modest but unique subfloor in the small DTES neighbourhood known as Railtown, we’ve created an environment that feels something like home, something like work, something like play. It’s a space to start things, and to finish them, to explore them, to send them out into the world; to collaborate, to meditate. To gather, to convene. To share... View Article

How to choose the Perfect Meeting Room

Working from home can be great – but seeing clients there rarely is. Interruptions by pets, roommates, partners or children; too much familiarity for your professional relationship; and overall a statement that your business hasn’t quite reached the pro level yet, which has an impact on what you can charge. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re looking for a client meeting space. 1. Location Many people are interested in a central location – but don’t pre-suppose!... View Article