Working at the Hub has been great. I have been working with a Colombian and another American colleague in strengthening the support services that the Hub offers to its entrepreneurs; we have called these groups “catalizadores del cambio” (or catalysts of change). In the last 2 weeks we have set up meetings with Graphic Designers and publicists, lawyers and accountants to put together a brochure of services that can be offered for those working in the Hub.
The meetings were a great way to showcase not just the Hub itself to a greater audience, but also how programs are developed. In the meetings, we asked the professionals of individual fields in attendance to co-work to create the program with us. It has been really great to see people who had not met previously to come out of their shell and work together to create a project. These meetings are co-run with a Hub host.
The Art of Hosting is a central concept to making the Hub network work. The host of the house not only welcomes entrepreneurs to the working space, but also creates opportunities for networking and brings innovators together to work on similar projects. We will also rely on the hosts to assist in selling the services that we are currently developing with the designers, lawyers and accountants.
Working at the Hub has definitely given me a new view on co-working and co-creation. It can be a slow process and sometimes painful, but the product that is birthed from the co-creation is generally one that pleases everyone in the organization and one that is fully developed. I plan on bringing these lessons back to my group projects at MIIS for sure! Look out future classmates…