Hubs* Connecting people
Next time you walk into a Hub or your home Hub try feel the energy level. This obviously requires no fancy tech. Just your spirit open to elements and social cues that you pick up in the space. Ok its hocus pocus to some, but stick with me.
The truth is *Hubs that have invested in networking have an energy to them, an intangible essence that is undeniably present. So what does a hub have to do to encourage impactful networking?
Google for one has project Caribbean. A massive new campus that can host 4500 Googlers and you bet they are designing it to increase chance encounters. Their leaders are aware that collaborations and great ideas don't pop out in front of a monitor. Yahoo is also infamous for its rules on mobile use in the office and Samsung have moved way to its traditional model and have massive open spaces that staff enjoy enough to venture out into them. Some *Hubs intentionally have fewer watering holes and coffee centers within them. Some hubs intentionally have no assigned seats in their open plans the *iHub.
Some of the hubs have initiatives or events to lure members out the *iHub for example has pizza friday. A 30 to 45 mins hangout revolving around a member who wants the community to hear about their project or business, or just feels like getting people talking around slices. It also helps that hubs have become very withit in decor with elaborate finishes and comfort for your body and stimulation for your senses. This spaces keep you feeling moved to meet people and be in them. Game nights, Karaoke nights and cocktail events are also a common trend but with the later I am uncertain about how many Mojitos you can down before slurred networking sets in.
So are there benefits?
Well let's first check out this stats from Deskmag survey of more than 1,500 coworkers in 52 countries supported her findings:
- 75% reported an increase in productivity since joining their space
- 80% reported an increase in the size of their business network
- 92% reported an increase in the size of their social circle
- 86% reported a decrease in their sense of isolation
- 83% reported that they trusted others in their coworking space
The snapshot is not just showing work is getting done, gaining new friends but the soul is getting nourishment. Creating strategic inconveniences if need be to promote chats by water and coffee dispensers. A hub should live to connect people in spaces they have created to move people. B.