Archive for May, 2007
This month our presenters will be Jonathan Boutelle, Co-founder and CTO of SlideShare, a rapidly growing site for hosting and sharing presentations, and Cindy Li, Director of Content for Scrapblog, an online scrapbooking website where you create a world for your pictures.
Refreshments are sponsored by City CarShare. City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit on a mission to provide convenient, affordable access to cars so that we can reduce individual car ownership” and improve the environment and quality of life in our cities.
About our presenters
Jonathan Boutelle was previously the software architect of MindCanvas, a ground-breaking research tool that uses game-like experiences for customer research. Jon likes building simple web applications that solve a real need, really well. Jonathan’s interests lie at the intersection of technology, business, and customer experience. He conceived of SlideShare while he was helping to organize Delhi BarCamp. Jonathan studied Computer Science at Brown University. He writes an occasional article on his blog,
Cindy Li will be introducing how Scrapblog can promote non-profit events using her last volunteer project as an example. The volunteer project started with her love of photography and was for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s 20th Anniversary Ball in Washington, DC.
Thanks for hosting us again Citizen Space!
So I stopped into Citzen Space in San Francisco yesterday and I’m coming to the end of my second official day co-working, right where it all began. Chris Messina and Tara Hunt are the remaining occupiers of the office, but the place has been teeming the past two days.
I arrived in and after about 2 minutes of awkwardness I was at a desk, plugged in and good to go. I was more awkward that nobody actually acknowledged my presence – as though they were used to people walking in – and they are!
And so it’s pretty much exactly as you would expect. A couple of regulars, a couple of bedouins and an atmosphere that encourages collaboration and playtime, as well as serious business.
Antoin raised a few issues recently about the viability of co-working, and I got a chance to quiz Chris on some of them. From talking to him I got the impression that it’s important that there’s a ‘home team’ – Citizen Agency are such for Citizen Space and they handle the lease and deal with the landlord. Indeed, it’s important to have the landlord on your side – I feel, however, that co-working is actually an attractive proposition for a landlord – the ‘home team’ will generally be subsidised by the regular deskers and there’s generally a really good atmosphere.
Antoin also raised the point of office conflicts and deskers being protective of their business dealings and projects. Chris’s response to this is: deal with it, or go somewhere else. While I was there, several of the regular deskers were on calls, winning deals on large contracts for their businesses. There was a spirit of comradery and good will, rather than secrecy and remorse.
Regarding actually getting work done, there were often long periods in the office where banter would be high – I noticed Chris had a set of Shure EC3 headphones – headphones were donned by anyone who wanted to get some serious work done, including myself.
All in all, the experience and advice that I received was extremely rewarding. Citizen Space is right in there between the coffee shop and the conventional office, with all the good will and social activity of BarCamp to boot. I’m really pepped and looking forward to some good meetings next week to try and get a space off the ground in Dublin.
Hi! I’m Britt Bravo, NetSquared‘s Community Builder. The second Tuesday of each month, social changemakers and web innovators get together at Citizen Space to network, socialize and share ideas at Net Tuesday, an event produced by NetSquared, a project of TechSoup.
Citizen Space has been nice enough to host us for many months now, and said I could let y’all know about this month’s Net Tuesday, Citizen Journalism: Not Just a Number and PulseWire, on May 8th from 6-8 PM.
Our three presenters will be Katy Newton and Sean Connelley, producers of Not Just a Number for The Oakland Tribune, and Anne-Christine d’Adesky, Director of Global Advocacy for World Pulse Magazine‘s PulseWire.
Not Just a Number is a community journalism project focused on the topic of violence and violence prevention, produced for The Oakland Tribune and their web affiliate insidebayarea.com. Last year Oakland’s homicide rate reached a five-year high of 148 people. NJN was created to give Oakland a place to share stories and to connect and develop solutions by utilizing a variety of new media journalism tools and interactive web based technologies.
PulseWire, is an interactive website where women worldwide “even those using Internet cafes and cell phones in remote villages” can speak for themselves to the world and collaborate to solve global problems.
PulseWire is a tool designed by and for diverse users: a Sri Lankan market woman looking for new sources of micro-credit, a Zimbabwean journalist documenting a crackdown in the streets with her cell phone, or a New York business woman offering to bring school supplies to women’s groups in Cambodia.