I had been mulling several seemingly unrelated events over the last week, when, suddenly, everything seemed connected. I thought it would make a nice post here. So as I started mapping my thoughts, I realized that I had stumbled onto an idea much larger than anticipated.
All three of those things made me question the value that the Labor Party provides. What is the benefit of coworking? What is gained from shared office space? There are some benefits that sit right at the surface.
Introducing new people to the Labor Party during Startup Weekend Wichita planning, the space naturally received a greater dose of attention than it had received in a long time. And every person (I exaggerate not) was in shock that “something like this existed in Wichita.” Why? The difference lies in the difference between “shared office” and “coworking.” Those differences are subtle, however they are the most difficult to get right.
In drawing this out, I recognized that these feed up. The Cultivation in the Labor Party is caused by my actions as the founder. I am the one person who creates the happenings at this workspace. The Community is set into motion by whatever I am doing. It is the exponential change caused by other members taking initiative based on my actions. The Culture is set as the community and its members are perceived internally and externally, when the members begin cultivating.
That’s when I realized, this is the method through which everything changes. By changing a building in Old Town, I affect the Creative & Startup community. Then each of those communities affect the city. And so on.
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