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Cobot - managing coworking spaces
"Cobot is the leading management software for coworking spaces, office hubs, and flexible workspaces around the world."

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coworking  lcproject  openstudioproject  management  office  service  software  via:morgansully 
may 2018 by robertogreco
Redesigning The Office — David McKinney
"I think most things around us can be designed to be better for people. Here’s my take on the modern office — a better place to do good work.

It has all the usual office things like Wi-Fi, AC power, and a desk for working. It also has a couch for thinking, and a view and fresh air. And it’s always near the ocean or a place for exploring.

This has been my main office for the last year or so, and it’s my favorite place for intense, focused work. But what about working together with your colleagues? That's easy — just drive over… I love it."


I received a heap of questions after this post. Here are some answers to the most common questions.

How do you get power?

I have two batteries in the van: a 12v “Start” battery which starts the engine, and a 12v “House” battery which runs everything else. The House battery is connected to an inverter which converts 12v DC to 240v AC (I’m in Australia). From there I just plug all of my devices into the inverter, as if it were normal office power.

What about charging?

The Start battery and House battery both get charged whenever the van is running. The start battery is also isolated from the inverter system and House battery, so it’s not possible for the Start battery to get run down accidentally when using normal 240v devices.

How long do the batteries last?

Just running off the House battery I can do a full day’s work with no problems at all. All of the batteries are constantly getting charged up as you drive around, and you can obviously charge your devices and laptop battery while driving as well. Running out of juice hasn’t been an issue so far, except for extended camping trips in which case a quick drive charges everything up again.

What about a window at the back?

I like being super focused when I’m working at the monitor workstation, which is why I didn’t install a window there. If I need a view I sit on the couch with my laptop with both side doors open and work like that.

How much did it cost?

I spent a couple of hundred bucks on hardware supplies (timber, plywood, paint etc). The couch was $300, the inverter was $100, the 4G Wifi Hub was $100.

How does network connectivity work?

I have a Telstra 4G Wi-Fi Hub which is connected to a booster aerial (used for 4wd CD radios). You can see this aerial on the front left of the van. This gives me great network coverage everywhere I need to go."
office  officedesign  via:maxfenton  mobility  nomads  nomadism  mobile  2014  davidmckinney  design  vans 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Why You Can’t Work at Work | Jason Fried | Big Think
"With its constant commotion, unnecessary meetings, and infuriating wastes of time, the modern workplace makes us all work longer, less focused hours. Jason Fried explains how we can change all of this."
jasonfried  37signals  bigthink  interruptions  meetings  communication  business  distraction  gtd  office  management  design  leadership  productivity  process  workplace  work  tcsnmy  creativity 
july 2010 by robertogreco
enzo mari sixty paperweights
"but there is more. granting the papers months and years to mature, to form geological layers of meditation, also means escaping the oppressive mechanisms of the productive system, the compulsive logic of efficiency at all costs. it means affording oneself the subversive luxury of taking all the required time to develop a good project. it means extending the range of research in order to get an overall picture, acting against the increasing hyper-specialization that restrains creative expression nowadays."
enzomari  objects  specialization  research  productivity  efficiency  compulsivity  subversion  creativity  time  design  office  paperweights  specialists 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Future Perfect » Three Rules To Survive Corporate Life
"Three simple rules to surviving corporate life with a smile:

1. If you look forward to fridays, you’re not doing it right

2. Leave the rat-race to the rats – don’t live for the pay-check, job grade or expense account

3. Never let processes get in the way of doing the right thing

Everything else just falls into place."
janchipchase  work  tcsnmy  life  corporatelife  process  leadership  ethics  management  ratrace  philosophy  focus  meaning  purpose  unschooling  deschooling  cv  office 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Ribbon Hero
"Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge. Play games (aka "challenges"), score points, and compete with your friends while improving your productivity with Office. As a concept test, this add-in is not supported, but is an opportunity for you to try out an idea we are working on and let us know what you think. For additional challenges and the opportunity to earn more points, download Office 2010 Beta."

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office2007  ribbon  playfulness  education  microsoft  games  development  training  powerpoint  office  excel  play 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Op-Art - The Daily Grind -
"In New York City, where the unemployment rate remains at 10.3 percent, the jobless have started leaning hard on coffee shops and bookstores to get out of their tiny one-bedrooms and away from their annoying roommates. In these harsh, career-vanishing times, the members of this laptop brigade do everything they can to re-create the office environment they no longer have to complain about."
unemployment  mobile  office  work  thirdplaces  neo-nomads  nomads  laptops  thirdspaces  cafes  openstudioproject 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Beware managers with free time - (37signals)
"There’s nothing more dangerous than an average manager with free time on his hands. When your work is solely coordinating and assigning other people’s tasks, topping off a slow day usually means making up more (needless) stuff for others to do. This is in part the tyranny of the 8-hour work day paradigm. When the work is progressing as planned and the core issues have been addressed, the right move for the manager is often to step back. But if all you know how do is “manage”, there’s no fallback. Nothing else to fill your time with.

What you’re left with is net-negative management. That the presence of a manager actually detracts more value than not having one at all would do.

The alternative for many smaller teams or shops is the combined idea of managers of one and working managers. That management can be less than a full-time role, it can be a responsibility that people who also does the work can take upon them when needed."
management  leadership  administration  meetings  work  productivity  culture  downtime  37signals  office  bullshit  jobs 
october 2009 by robertogreco
"IdeaPaint turns virtually anything you can paint into a high-performance dry-erase surface, giving you the space you need to collaborate, interact and fully explore your creativity. No matter where you use it, big ideas follow."
interiors  paint  work  creativity  whiteboard  interiordesign  design  office  tcsnmy 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Sisyphus Office Exhibition, Houston 2009. on the Behance Network
"The artists involved in the project are collaborating with businesses and offices in and around Houston in order to highlight art as an integral and necessary distraction in our day to day life. The artists and offices involved in Sisyphus Office are working physically and conceptually with the notions of existentialism, capitalism, artistic romanticism and deadpan slapstickism as a means to examine the artifice that keeps us clinging to reality and distracted from the void. Sisyphus Office is about punching the clock, and then punching it again…but harder the second time. It’s about transcending the mundane through the beauty and absurdity of distraction. It’s about recognizing the comedy in the tragedy of the day to day… and then waking up again to do the same thing all over again the next morning."
art  work  humor  houston  drawing  typography  installation  office  design  via:migurski  2009  handdrawn  illustration  culture  collage 
may 2009 by robertogreco
ongoing · Blows Against the Empire
"Then I saw “Open as as a Google Document” and I tried and, you know, it’s Good Enough. And snappy. And free. And internationalized. And I’m not the only person having this experience."
googledocs  google  webapps  microsoft  office  via:preoccupations  online  productivity 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Creating a firm culture that supports innovative design | Practice Matters | Architectural Record
"Sutton argued that fresh perspectives derive from mavericks with wildly diverse backgrounds and no preconceptions who challenge the status quo, champion their own ideas, and illuminate the metaphorical darkness."
management  failure  risk  people  work  organizations  business  administration  leadership  creativity  howwework  ideas  advertising  architecture  culture  design  innovation  office  space 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Design firm culture: how to foster innovation?
"Hire naive misfits who argue with you; encourage failure; avoid letting client input limit your vision; and fully commit to risky ventures."
management  failure  risk  people  work  organizations  business  administration  leadership  creativity  howwework  ideas  advertising  architecture  culture  design  innovation  office  space 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Screw Microsoft Word - Featured on BuzzFeed
"Like Howard Beale in Network, many longtime Microsoft Word users are mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. So they're abandoning Word in droves, turning instead to Google Docs and other more elegant, intuitive, user-friendly apps such as
wordprocessing  microsoft  office  text  googledocs  writeroom  scrivener  trends 
january 2008 by robertogreco
SuiteTwo - The Enterprise 2.0 suite, powered by Intel
"the first fully integrated software suite designed exclusively to harness the power of mass collaboration. Engineered and priced to accommodate any sized organization, SuiteTwo delivers the best of breed in Web 2.0 software in a feature rich suite of int
collaboration  enterprise  office  socialsoftware  software  web2.0  social 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Victor Keegan: The office of the future is all around | Technology | The Guardian
"If virtual working catches on it would reduce the need for international travel, give people extra leisure time - since they wouldn't need to travel to work - and would eliminate the stress of working in a corporate hierarchy"
office  networking  business  telecommuting  work  coworking  travel  environment  sustainability  virtual  wordpress 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Bureau of Workplace Interruptions
"Our promise is to create interruptions that challenge the needs of our users and the social and economic conditions of the modern workplace."
humor  activism  attention  society  work  parody  office  distraction  interruptions  pranks  productivity 
october 2007 by robertogreco
5 Reasons Distributed Teams Suck | Socialtext Enterprise Wiki
"5 It spends energy. 4 Its hard to make friends, let alone colleagues. 3 Some things are more expensive. 2 Some things start slower. 1 Talent by timezone."..."As with most ways of organizing, there are tradeoffs, and the key is recognizing them before the
collaboration  distributed  coordination  office  teams  virtual  work 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Coworking Community Blog
"Coworking is a movement to create cafe-like community/collaboration spaces for developers, writers and independents."
opensource  community  collaboration  blogs  communication  coworking  office  work  workspace  space  studio  freelance  entrepreneurship  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  productivity  cooperative  business  workspaces 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Coworking wiki - To establish a collaboration space fo...
"Coworking is cafe-like community/collaboration space for developers, writers and independents. Or, it's like this: start with a shared office and add cafe culture."
coworking  cooperation  cooperative  collaborative  collaboration  community  cohousing  alternative  entrepreneurship  openspace  office  networking  spaces  space  work  workplace  sanfrancisco  management  business  wiki  meatspace  environment  cafes  freelancing  workspace  thirdspaces  thirdplaces  openstudioproject  workspaces 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Technology Review: IBM's Symphony for the Office Worker
"Could the new productivity suite from IBM become a significant threat to Microsoft's popular Office software?"
reviews  office  ibm  symphony  windows  linux  work  onlinetoolkit  productivity 
september 2007 by robertogreco

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