Green Spaces, which also has another location in Denver, Colorado, has a vision of becoming a catalyst for “values-driven communities of people who innovate, celebrate and do good.” This vision not only made Green Spaces a place where social entrepreneurs feel at home, but also transformed it into an important hub for the green business community in New York.Read More
Are you ready to share an office with local entrepreneurs? "Imagine an office with people; only these people aren’t employed by the same company. One is a lawyer, the other, a freelance app developer, and the small team in the corner is building a service aimed at disrupting the mobile payments industry. This is coworking," according to VentureBurn.Read More
The Big Apple is filled with “cowork spaces,” a product of the Internet generation. For those of you looking to mix things up at work but stay productive, here are 5 work spaces to consider.Read More
"Denver Coworking Week got started as a way to build awareness of coworking under one voice. We realized that, as coworking spaces, our greatest competition isn't one another, but the general lack of awareness about coworking,"Read More
When it comes to working from home, it’s hard to beat the relaxed dress code, the four-foot commute from your bed to your desk and, of course, having the freedom to sing the HOT POCKETS® jingle even if you are not currently eating a hot pocket. Unless it’s 99 degrees outside. In that case, it might be time to seek shelter in one of New York City’s shared (and climate-controlled) office spaces. A freelancer can have wifi access and a desk for a walk-in rate of $20 a day, while a small business might try a long-term membership with a private office and access to conference rooms and other amenities like fax machines, copiers and phones – all without signing a lease. To find a space near you, check out this map:
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
The exterior of Green Spaces.
A day in the life of
, Denver's most sustainable coworking space. It's home to such companies as
This is the third in a series of features covering a workday at one of Denver's many coworking or collaborative office spaces. The first two were
Wed. April 17, 2013, 9:15 a.m.
It's an April morning in Denver that reminds me of February in Chicago.
I trudge from the light rail stop at 25th and Welton to
, the city's most sustainably minded coworking space, just past Larimer on 26th.
I get there a few minutes before Stephanie Vannucci, Community Manager.
"There are about 70 different businesses that are members," says Vannucci. That includes
, a movable party that Vannucci runs with her brother Nick while also working for Green Spaces.
She shows me to a desk where I leave my bag and jacket before giving me the dime tour of the place. There's a community kitchen and plenty of
. I look around and take in the funky industrial vibe: brick walls, leafy planters that double as partitions, old lamps and splashes of bright color.
Dedicated desks are $325 a month, while a Lounge membership that includes access to desks, chairs and couches, coffee and other amenities is $175, and part-time memberships start at $50 a month.
Stephanie Vannucci is the Community Manager of Green Spaces.
Vannucci is wearing a Green Spaces Denver kickball jersey. "We just got our shirts, so we're really excited," she says. It's looking like this afternoon's game will get snowed out.
There's a bit of activity as people arrive, have quiet conversations and cycle to the coffee in the kitchen.
Most of the desks are occupied. There are about four people in the Lounge area.
I briefly talk to Alex Stutt, Director of Design & Engineering at
, at the desk behind me. "It's been great," he says of his experience at Green Spaces Denver. "It's a nice open environment to work in."
I have a phone interview. Sensing a sucker, a happy golden retriever wanders up to me for a scratch. She gets it.
The call is notably awkward. Journalism can sometimes be so hard.
The golden retriever comes back for another scratch. There are about 10 people in the lounge area.
Jennie Nevin, Founder of Green Spaces, and her trusted accomplice Hobbes.
I meet with Jennie Nevin and her nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Hobbes. "He has a
," she tells me. "He has like 1,000 friends -- way more than I do. People write him messages."
Nevin opened Green Spaces Colorado in 2010 after opening Green Spaces New York in Manhattan in 2008. "It was in the middle of the country and it seemed like an up-and-coming city," she says. "We're looking for up-and-coming cities."
The old warehouse didn't even have heat before Nevin arrived, but now it's got heat as well as 100 percent solar power, a newly remodeled kitchen and plenty of reclaimed and recycled furnishings. It all adds up to a booming coworking space that's been growing at an especially nice clip in the past year, says Nevin. "It's been attracting a lot of new people."
Tenants must sign a sustainability pledge, she adds. "All of the companies in the space have socially or environmentally responsible bent. We want them to make an impact."
Nevin touts the upcoming
(May 6-10), "Every day we're featuring a different space," she says. Visitors get free day passes all week long, and the calendar climaxes with a kickball tournament. "The idea is to engage the community," says Nevin. "We're also trying to cross-pollinate our entrepreneurs" -- putting Galvanize's best tech-heads together with the sustainable and social enterprises at Green Spaces Colorado, for example.
Green Spaces Colorado hosts about six events a month that are often open to the public, and does all sorts of things -- from lunch to yoga and wine to kickball and beer -- as a group. "it's really about creating community," says Nevin. "It's fun de-stressing after running a startup all day."
I go back to work at my desk.
I talk with Ashley Johnson of
. She's worked out of Green Spaces Denver since 2010 after a decade in freelance graphic design. "I just wanted to get to know people and have a place to work that was more community-oriented," she explains.
Now she's trying to weave together the country's coworking freelance workforce with Galaxy Unite. The site aims to be a portal for freelancers, employers and coworking spaces all over the nation.
"Now I'm basically redesigning the website," says Johnson, giving me a couple of "collector's items" -- magnets from her file cabinet bearing discarded moniker Galaxy Quotes. The site is slated for relaunch in mid-May.
Rio Grande Solar's Alex Stutt shows me a 3D rendering of a project he's working on in northwest Denver:
, an apartment complex with plenty of solar panels on its roofs.
I'm starving. Relief comes in the form of homemade turkey noodle soup and a sausage sandwich from
, the Italian deli on the flip side of the block.
Back to work. Post-lunch coma. It's probably inappropriate to sleep on the common couch or curl up under my desk -- one drawback of coworking as opposed to the easy bed access of my home office.
I talk with Grant Southwick of political website
, which compares every national candidate on every imaginable issue.
"The nice part of working here is if you have interns or contractors, they just come in and out and work when they please," he says. Southwick's consulting background was "very stuffy" and included a suit and tie. In comparison, working at Green Spaces "is a breath of fresh air," he says.
It's still snowing and I still want to take a nap.
A lot of natural light comes into Green Spaces.
Molly Mazel works for the Denver office of the nonprofit
. Rather, she is the Denver office of the Chill Foundation, and she just started working at Green Spaces Denver a few weeks back. "We're establishing a year-round presence, so having a real business address is great," she tells me. "The price is right for lounging, and even the desks are reasonable."
After draining the last cup of pitch black coffee from the dispenser, I have a call with Confluence writer
to discuss story ideas.
I again meet the resident golden retriever. I learn its name is Koti, because this time I meet her owner, too: Chris Baker, Founder of
, a social enterprise/guiding company that takes customers on mountain treks in Nepal and Chile.
The company gives back 10 percent of proceeds to both locales where it operated in the form of micro-loans to female entrepreneurs, financing everything from milk cows to eateries. "We're trying to make capital accessible to people who typically don't have access to it," says Baker.
OneSeed's 44 guides are all local to Nepal or Chile, and the company has a small crew in Denver that needs a lot of "flexibility," says Baker, making coworking spaces a perfect fit. He works out of coworking spaces in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Santiago, Chile, when he's not in Denver.
After giving Nevin a copy of
, I pack my bag as one of Green Spaces' tenants waters the plants by my desk, under a weathered skylight.
"They get enough light from the skylight?" I ask.
"These do very well actually," comes her reply.
I bundle up and wander out into the spring snowstorm, which feels even more like midwinter in Chicago as the sun slides further and further down the Denver sky.
MAGGIE OVERFELT (Thanks Maggie!)
APRIL 21, 2013 5:59 A.M.
After a month of searching for an accountant, Joshua Niamehr found one where he least expected: in the elevator bank at AlleyNYC, the midtown co-working space where he rents an office for his startup, Enchanted Diamonds, which sells loose diamonds and engagement rings.
"We met with seven firms, looked at 20, but there was absolutely no authority on startup accounting who knew how to help us," said Mr. Niamehr, whose profitable year-old firm brings in more than $2 million in annual revenue.
After the initial meeting in the elevator, Mr. Niamehr was formally introduced to CBIZ, a Cleveland-based, publicly traded professional services company, and is now working with the firm. In December, CBIZ inked a deal to provide AlleyNYC's 250 members with free accounting, tax and payroll advice.
CBIZ wants to "add value to these companies in the beginning at no cost, with the hope that they become established, developed companies and retain us in the future," said Ted Chasanoff, managing director and technology services practice leader in CBIZ's New York office.
"If I get in a company that ends up to be one-tenth the size of Facebook, I would be happy," he added.
CBIZ, which has on-site office hours at AlleyNYC, isn't alone in donating billable hours to make connections in the city's surging startup market. Many others have realized that local incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces can be ideal places to find clients that are on their way up.
Future acquisition targets
“I'm a big believer of what Wayne Gretzky said: 'You have to go where the puck is going, not where it is,' “ said Jordan Waxman, a New York-based partner and adviser at HighTower Advisors, which provides financial planning and investment advice to a growing pool of startups.
HighTower recently started mentoring young companies in a Manhattan business accelerator, which it declined to name. “Small, nimble companies are being acquired at very early stages,” said Mr. Waxman. “The [founders] are going from having nothing to quickly becoming millionaires, needing all of our services.”
Of course, many startups never get acquired—and plenty fail. For that reason, the rigorous application process at many accelerators can be helpful in vetting potential clients, advisers say.
“Accelerators are doing their own selection process, and we view those [startups] as being endorsed,” said Chip Korn, a partner in the New York office of multinational law firm Dentons, which provides weekly office hours and startup-geared seminars to the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in Manhattan.
Mr. Korn estimates that of the 10 companies in session in the accelerator, he retains less than half of them as clients. “At the very least, working with these companies keeps us engaged in the market we want to know,” he said.
To build relationships with startups, Marla Guttman, a lawyer with six-employee Whitehouse Law, which has an office in Manhattan, structures classes around legal issues affecting the entrepreneurs at Green Spaces, a New York co-working spot. She came to Green Spaces last year to build her online retail business, Marlandia, which sells Fair Trade footwear, but soon noticed that other residents needed legal advice.
“I wanted to help people at the same time as drumming up business for Whitehouse Law,” said Ms. Guttman. It has worked: Whitehouse has landed one client at Green Spaces and is in talks to retain two more.
Mon., Apr. 15 2013 at 11:28 AM
Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition author, Charles Eisenstein.
will host "The Deeper Purpose of Your Business," an evening with author Charles Eisenstein aimed at bringing global consciousness to the world of small business. Local business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone working in Denver's business community are invited to the event, which will discuss how to integrate the ideas of Eisenstein's book,
Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition
Put on by the Mile High Business Alliance and the Queen Ann Bed & Breakfast Inn, the evening will revolve around bringing local business back to the basics, asking entrepreneurs and owners to look at why they run or desire to run a business in the first place. According to Mickki Langston, Mile High Business Alliance executive director, the ninety-minute session with Eisenstein will be more of a discussion than a lecture, using his book as a touchstone and resource.
"Our intention with this particular conversation is for small businesses who are doing work in the community to get reconnected to the underlying passions that their businesses are actually an expression of," says Langston. "That is usually not a conversation that small business owners get to have -- because we are doing all of the work it takes to run a small business."
With Denver's ever-growing, local business-based economy, the city is in the right place at the right time for this conversation. "You can be a businessperson who is making plenty of money selling widgets or providing a service, and you're still someone who is completely connected to what it means to be a person living in Denver at this time," Langston adds. "If you're providing professional services, where you're spending your money as a businessperson is helping to invest in the kind of community where we live.
"As people recognize that economic power, my hope is that it can bring us closer together as people who recognize, we care about living in a city that looks like 'X' and how do we build that city? How do we do it together? The point is, we're disconnected from the impact of the way we run our business. The way I'm operating my business and where I'm coming from is an important expression in the kind of community I want to live in."
"The Deeper Purpose of your Business," an evening with Charles Eisenstein, begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Green Spaces Colorado, 1368 26th Street in Denver. Registration is $15 to $25 and can be done by calling 303-872-5646 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the workshop, visit the Mile High Business Alliance's website.
ARTICLE BY LAILA COLA WEEKS
Keeping it Green on all Levels
Marissa Feinberg and Jennie Nevin are the co-founders of Green Spaces. Feinberg works in the Manhattan location and Nevin is based in Denver. Green Spaces opened in Brooklyn, NY, in 2008 and was conceived as a coworking space for the green community. In 2009 they moved out of their old space and into the current locations. In the beginning, Green Spaces called itself a “Workspace for Green Entrepreneurs,” and it was this self-description that led to a lot of environmentally friendly focused startups to call Green Spaces their home base.
Green Spaces New York is based in Tribeca in Manhattan. Feinberg told Deskmag that the companies working out this particular space typically fall into one of three categories: environmental, non-profit, and social entrepreneur. In the environmental category, cleantech companies like Highview Creations, which builds vertical gardens, IPP Solar, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice all work out of Green Spaces New York. But accommodating these environmental companies is only the first step towards environmental friendliness that the coworking space exemplifies.
The next step is creating strong relationships with environmentally friendly businesses that exist independently from Green Spaces. For example, if a member is looking for catering, Feinberg will refer them to a local, organic service. Or if someone is looking for printing, she can refer them to a green printer. These are all businesses with which Feinberg has developed relationships via events held at Green Spaces. She wants to “encourage [a] local economy of businesses sending business to one another … that’s how we all grow stronger together.”
Thirdly, Feinberg spoke of the inherent eco-friendliness found in the coworking model. “We have designed a whole system around a sharing economy,” she said. Consider Feinberg’s paper cutter example: “100 companies would have 100 paper cutters. At Green Spaces, 100 companies have one paper cutter. That makes so much more sense in terms of using resources wisely. We don’t need another 100 paper cutters out there.” She says that coworking intrinsically possesses, “sustainable values of sharing … not just sharing all the tangible resources like the real estate and the electric bills, but also sharing ideas and caring about one another and [working] in a collaborative spirit.”
The Denver Green Spaces is located in River North, an up and coming area next to the downtown area. It is also home to many green startups, including several green architects, an advocacy group focused on climate change, and GreenLeaf. The events at the Denver space are primarily focused on being environmentally conscious. And while not all of the startups working out of the space are green per se, all new members fill out a green mission statement as a part of their new member orientation.
And the coworking space itself also practices what it preaches. Green Spaces is 100% solar powered, owning one of the largest arrays of solar panels in downtown Denver. Nevin also says that they use some innovative green technology like light tubes. When remodeling their building, they used all reclaimed materials, including barn wood and recycled granite. They also source their materials consciously and do composting and recycling.
Not only are the people inside of these coworking spaces creating a more eco-friendly world with their companies, but the physical space is also purporting those same ideals all the while, and so allowing environmental sustainability to be integrated into all facets of the operation.
What: A fashion presentation and party for Eco-Chick.com friends and eco fashion lovers, featuring spring styles by our favorite local NYC designers. Complimentary organic libations, vegan food, and some seriously awesome goody bags.
Where: Green Spaces NYC at 394 Broadway New York, NY 10013
When: Thursday, April 18th, 7-9:30pm
Why: Because it’s spring! And we wanted to get a head-start on celebrating Earth Day.
RSVP: Email email@example.com with your name and the number of guests you intend to bring
Featured Designers include:
and more to come
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The Green Palette Supports Green Spaces Workspace, Events and Entrepreneurial Innovation
New Paltz, NY- March 4th, 2013 - The Green Palette, a furniture retail company that promotes sustainable living, has launched a working showroom at Green Spaces NYC, a hub for the social entrepreneurship community. Marc Anthony, Owner of The Green Palette, now showcases eco-friendly lounge furnishings at Green Spaces, adding more ethical style and flare to stomping grounds for Green Spaces EcoPreneurs. In addition, pallet installations enclose conference room spaces to ensure environments that are soundproof and private. Green Spaces, now serves as the Green Palette’s working showroom, supporting its working membership and events for innovation.
This partnership offers inspiring environmental accents to the conscious startups at Green Spaces. In addition, the Green Palette will broaden its presence in New York and exhibit its collection to a larger range of clients.
“I want my collection to function in a space that serves a purpose.” said Anthony. “People will experience firsthand what our furniture is really meant to do; offer comfort and support for good, and often meaningful, work .”
“We are happy to work with local, sustainable organizations as people who are suppliers, vendors and customers, providing triple bottom line products and services for us, and our membership.” says Marissa Feinberg, cofounder of Green Spaces.
The Green Palette’s working showroom at Green Spaces is open weekdays 9:30am-6pm and located at its Tribeca location, 394 Broadway, 5th floor; New York, NY 10013.
About Green Spaces
Green Spaces is a hub for the social entrepreneurship community, offering work and events for innovation. The organization has a following of 25,000 people nationwide and has been home to more than 1,000 game-changing startups and organizations. Currently, it hosts more than 200 companies in New York and Colorado. The term "Green Spaces" has come to embody: a global culture, a society for change makers, a recognizable term for movers and shakers, a mecca for people who think big and do good, and a local place with a global impact. Visit GreenSpacesHome.com to learn more or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Green Palette
Located in New Paltz, NY, The Green Palette promotes sustainable living, fostering an organic relationship with one’s natural surroundings. Behind every design is a cultivation of eco-consciousness and not merely a purchase. We showcase pieces that are sustainable and inspired by nature without sacrificing any of the beauty our customers desire in their home, work, or play space. Visit www.the-green-palette.com to learn more and follow us on Facebook, Tumblr or Pinterest.
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New York (or ‘Silicon Alley’ as it’s known within the startup community) breeds a special kind of entrepreneur – the true hustler. The level of competition here is staggering, however there is such a dense and supportive community to help give you a real fighting chance – watch out Palo Alto! But be warned, the cost of living here is extreme so prepare to familarise yourself with Ramen Noodles, fast.
The startup community in NYC is growing at astronomical rates with groups like Tech Meetup’s 28,000 members regularly gathering in swarms of 800+ every month. Every vertical you can image has a thriving community, even the most ‘niece’ industry or sector will have a meetup or gathering organisation of some form. From distributed information systems, to secondhand clothing, to nanotechnology – whatever the industry, you’ll find a group of people in NYC who share you passion. Being immersed in a highly dense environment by driven and like-mined people is what makes the allure and opportunity of New York so appealing.
Considering that Manhattan accounts for almost 10% of national GDP, it’s not hard to understand that capital and personal wealth is in abundance here. Venture capital firms in most cases are looking for strong business models as well as other partnering firms that would be able to add value to a potential round of capital raising.
One of the most first criteria that a VC will grade a potential deal on is how the opportunity got in front of them in the first place. As Andrew Mitchell (Managing Partner at ZIG Capital) told me – “How did this deal get on my desk?” Although cold calling/emailing can *sometimes* work, how the VC game is played in NYC is all about connections – so if you’re willing to take the plunge, prepare to build a network and take the time to understand the community (and investors) before reaching out for money.
A rising trend towards promoting and fostering more socially impactful, clean tech and non-profit startups is especially abundant in a place like NYC and has driven the creation of dedicated co-working spaces like Green Spaces as “playgrounds” for innovation and socially conscious entrepreneurs wanting to make a difference. Very impressed with this space, and those inside of it!
The popularity of co-working spaces over the last 2 years has grown exponentially around the world, however no single entity has arguably been as successful than NYC-born General Assembly. In under 3 years Adam Pritzker, Matthew O.Brimer and Brad Hargreaves have expanded GA campus’ and educational services across the nation and recently opened up offices internationally. If you decide that NYC is in your sights, make sure GA is one of the first places you land.
There is an indescribable buzz and energy about the city that’s completely intoxicating and infectious. Although you’re a tiny fish in a seemingly endless ocean, the osmosis effect of the city pushes your harder, makes you work smarter, and places you in an environment where you have the capacity to truly excel on the world stage.
If you can make it here, everyone will pay attention.
Financial crises, climate crises, and the growing iniquity of our market-dominated society have prompted a range of startups to ask what a New Economy might look like — and to start building it today.
James Slezak (Purpose Partner and New Economy Practice Founder) joins Aparna Mukherjee (Social Media Editor for a major consulting firm, formerly of The New York Times, Bloomberg), Marissa Feinberg (Green Spaces NYC Co-Founder) and Erica Berger (Storyful, formerly of The Economist) for a panel discussion and debate on what trends and movements are best poised to disrupt unsustainable and unjust economic models.
How can online strategies accelerate the movement towards sharing, co-production, renewable energy, and greater democratic influence on the economy? What’s working and what’s not? What role can big established organizations play, and where are the spaces for new social enterprises? Engage with our panel of experts on these questions and many more.
Melissa Stanger|Jan. 8, 2013, 11:01 AM|
Gourmet cafeterias, discounted gym memberships and expensive artwork used to be luxuries afforded only by big corporate offices.
Entrepreneurs can now get the same or better amenities from a co-working space. These communal offices are an affordable solution to a private office, and offer perks that working in a solo office doesn't.
We've come up with a list of some of the coolest co-working spaces in America, from coast to coast.
Location: Denver, Colo. and New York, N.Y.
Membership:Starts at $100/month
Green Spaces is one of the most popular co-working spaces for sustainable, green-related startups. The spaces in Denver and New York call themselves "hubs for good," and each offers a stimulating environment for "values-based companies."
Green Spaces offers some startups access to their coveted accelerator program, where entrepreneurs can talk to mentors, get peer-to-peer feedback, and other small business resources.
Members can also attend weekly networking events and fundraisers, and receive referrals for a variety of services from bookkeeping to marketing to help them run successful startups.
Coworking spaces have become popular among startups, and they’re popping up all over the city. Our intrepid reporter spent much of the past month camping out at various coworking spaces in New York to see what the fuss is all about.
The backstory: Co-founders Marissa Feinberg and Jennie Nevin opened Green Spaces to give entrepreneurs interested in social impact a home base. It opened in downtown Manhattan in 2009, after two years in Brooklyn. Green Spaces, which has a sister location in Denver, offers access to a nationwide network of social innovators and hosts regular networking and educational events for members.
What we liked: Between the recycling bins in the kitchen and the wooden pallet desk dividers, green-leaning entrepreneurs will feel right at home. And, even if you’re not especially eco-minded, it’s hard not be to charmed by the exposed brick walls and the reclaimed furniture. Members get access to special rates with a legal team and other local discounts. Green Space’s weekly “idea bounce” lunches provide an opportunity to get feedback from peers (and try some free dumplings from nearby Chinatown)...
The people: Members are either into sustainability, work at nonprofits or are entrepreneurs who just want to be in a values-driven space — from health startup My Coupon Doc to live-streaming performing arts startup VirtualArts.tv. Alums include GOOD (formerly the magazine, now the online community for social action) and staff of design firm IDEO.
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Great coverage of Saturday's event in: Guest of a Guest, Eco-Chick, The Daily News, EcoTopical, EcoBuzzers, See.7 Magazine, and Ocean Doctor, among others
Here is Eco-Chick's post!
Blue Beyond Borders – Sea Change Through Science and Art: A Hurricane Sandy Benefit in NYC Benefitting the New York Aquarium
by Starre Vartan · 12/07/12
I’m excited to attend tomorrow night’s event, Blue Beyond Borders – Sea Change Through Science & Art: A Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser. Not only because it will be an enlightening evening, filled with great discussion among the thinkers, writers and activists below, but also because I’m donating a scarf from my new creative venture, Dogwood & Hastings, to the silent auction. Look for my Manhattan Bedrock Scarf if you attend the event.
When: December 8, 2012 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
Location: Green Spaces Tribeca (394 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY, 10013)
Go to Eventbrite to get advance tickets or call +1 (347) 994-0094
- Curated event raising money for New York Aquarium whose facilities have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. This event will also promote climate change awareness
- Ocean luminaries will be giving talks on the effects of climate change, the devastation of our oceans and how it is impacting our community, specifically with regard to Hurricane Sandy
- Silent Auction (proceeds go to New York Aquarium). Items for auction: art, autographed books, award-winning photography, and more.
- Gourmet catering, wine and our event’s signature cocktail: Liquid Ocean (vodka, blue curacao, lime juice, garnish with a lemon twist)
Anne Doubilet is an underwater explorer, writer and photographer logging thousands of dives worldwide as a freelance photographer and dive-team member for National Geographic Magazine on 34 stories about the seas. Lecturing at various national and international venues, Anne now speaks to the issue of oceans in peril as seen through her 40 years of working underwater. www.annedoubilet.com
Paul Greenberg is author of the James Beard Award winning New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to many national and international publications. A prolific writer and voice on issues of ocean sustainability, he is also a frequent guest and commentator on public radio programs including Fresh Air and All Things Considered. www.fourfish.org
David Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot and ocean explorer. He is an accomplished speaker, entertaining and educating audiences across America and the world. The Ocean Doctor as he if popularly known provides a unique perspective as both a scientist and a Washington, DC-based policy expert focused on today’s most important conservation issues. http://oceandoctor.org/
Alison Jones is a conservation photographer and environmental journalist who created the non-profit organization No Water No Life.Through the power of photography and science, NWNL documents North American and African watersheds to illustrate degradation of fresh water resources and stewardship solutions. www.nowater-nolife.org
Asher Jay is a multifaceted creative conservationist. She uses all her artistic prowess to spark multimedia, engaging visual discourses with audiences across the globe about contemporary ecological and humanitarian concerns. She is the founder of Garbagea (www.garbagea.com) and Sea Speak Sphere (www.seaspeaksphere.com) under which she exhibits the collaborative installation piece ‘Message in A Bottle.’ www.asherjay.com
Andrew Revkin is an American, non-fiction, science and environmental writer. He has written on a wide range of subjects including destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, science and politics, climate change, and the North Pole. A reporter for the New York Times from 1995-2009, Revkin currently writes the “Dot Earth” environmental blog for The Times’ Op-Ed section. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/
Jeff Orlowski, the director of Chasing Ice, will also be sharing his experiences on the field, recording never before captured moments indicative of large scale climatic shifts with James Balog and how that ties into our daily activities.
Just discovered this from Sep 3, 2010:
Successful coworking communities have always been diverse at their core; their ability to bring together tech professionals from various disciplines is part of the value of being a member. It’s gratifying to see this innovative model of working now permeating beyond the technology sector.
Successful coworking communities have always been diverse at their core; their ability to bring together tech professionals from various disciplines into a shared environment is part of the value of being a member of a coworking space.
As the first generation of coworking spaces begins to reach maturity, it’s gratifying to see this innovative model of working now permeating beyond the technology sector into other industries. Indeed, niche coworking communities are now emerging to serve particular disciplines outside tech.
Tech investor Fred Wilson recently highlighted In Good Company and Green Spaces – providing coworking services for female and green entrepreneurs, respectively — in a wide ranging post aboutcoworking spacess in New York. Along with The Writers Junction in LA, which is tailored towards writers, it seems that these flexible work spaces are increasingly attractive to a broader demographic.
Currently operating in New York and Denver, Green Spaces is seeking to provide local incubators for environmental and sustainability entrepreneurs. Monthly plans range from $50/month to $495/month, covering everything from a hotdesking to a permanent desk, with drop-in access available from $20/day. The residents are certainly a diverse bunch with everything from concierge service providers and magazine publishers to activist organizations and green realtors. Green Spaces seems to be much more eclectic than simply being “green”; it’s actually a hub for progressive people and projects.
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Striking out on your own?
Not only can starting your own green business be intimidating, it can get pricey. Why not save some money and network with other eco-minded entrepreneurs by coworking?
Co-working spaces are, by virtue, pretty a pretty sustainable way of growing your startup. Instead of renting a storefront or an office, coworking spaces take preexisting real estate and makes it suitable for real, honest to goodness business building.
Amenities typically include Wi-Fi, conference rooms, printing facilities, and most critically, coffee. The best part is that they create an atmosphere wherein you can connect fellow entrepreneurs and even collaborate, if the stars align.
During my research for the article, ”The Frugal Entrepreneur’s Starter Kit“ at Small BusinessComputing, I came across Green Spaces, a swank looking place to get going on your green startup in NYC and Denver.
…For instance, Green Spaces in New York City offers eco-minded entrepreneurs a day pass that costs $35 or full, seven-day access for as little as $295 month. Good luck finding even a sliver of office space for that amount in Manhattan... a great way to network without all the forced, well networking, of industry meet-and-greets. Give it a shot and hit up your local co-working space for many of the perks of having an office without all that overhead.
Image credit: Green Spaces