It’s worth milking the food waste fridge one more time, especially as it a success story of this brave new world of sharing our work out loud with you. AKA humiliation.
It is working, to be honest, the thought of my mum, and maybe the one other regular reader of this blog, knowing that I’ve public stated I’ll do something, only to be found out I have been slacking off eating avocados, preparing apple cider vinegar slammers and sleeping in a tub chair after consuming my body weight in curried vegetables from London’s number one vegetarian Indian buffet Ravi’s on Drummond Street, is just too much to take.
The food fridge is plugged in and we even have a solitary jar of tomato sauce there for the taking. It’s funny because food waste is something that matters to me a great deal, I am super excited about this one and the chance to integrate with the local community. Well actually it isn’t funny we could always be choosing to do the things that matter.
Anyway, fridge milked. That has made me think about how people see coworking, rather the previously less trendy hyphenated co-working, as something to do with a cow, like cow working or cow orking (whatever that is). So milking the fridge at our cow orking hub seems strangely ok.
Now back to the point, last week working out loud turned the hub into our very own ‘grease lightning’ setting off on our quest of automation to allow more time for the important human style interactions that actually build tribes and matter so much more than inputting stuff.
I can report back that we have discovered this is something very valuable to do in your business. We amazingly decided not to look first at the tools to automate, tempting as that was, and to look first instead at the processes and whether or not we could improve what we actually did now.
We concluded having laid out all the processes in flow charty type things on pieces of A3 paper, Ollie actually broke out the coloured sharpies and started to draw icons and coloured logo’s of the various apps, that we need to take this step-by-step and that it was wiser to take a process at a time.
I’m not sure if it’s all those avocados we’re eating or just the weather, but recently we’ve been far too smart. I’m going to need to have a lie down in the corner if this continues.
First on the hit list was moving from an envelope full of petty cash receipts and a google sheet (I know right, that’s hilarious in 2016 that anyone could be this much of a Luddite) to signing up to Receipt Bank.
Next was signing up to Group Buzz an email platform for community communication, we’d tried them all and came round to the conclusion that bloke from Philly was right, yes Alex Hillman, I know he gets everywhere these days, suggested it if we’re being honest. The fact is there is not a single person on the planet who does not know of or use email. Where not everyone uses Slack or Facebook or whatever……
So Ollie and I have set ourselves the goal of automating one process at a time each day over the next how many ever weeks it takes to get to the systematic, hydromantic, grease lightning of coworking – full automation.
As automation seamlessly bubbles away in the background, turning every process into a recipe on some app, we are now going to turn to hatching things.
I have noticed that there are a good number of places called The Hive, The Hatchery, The Baking Oven, and The Startup Dough Rising Yeast Fermenting Hatchpot for Pivoting Entrepreneurs. OK, so the last one might be made up.
We are pressing launch next week on our Alt-Incubator (yes a bit of a steal of a name from Seth Godin’s AltMBA).
As the ‘Alt’ bit might suggest, it is an alternative. An alternative to the often wanky, self-serving, guru infested, seed funded, and over-engineered insincere incubation that is on offer. Most of it is a bland homogenised ‘slop’ of the same shit with a different coat of paint on.
What we want to do is get together a tribe of independents, freelancers, dare I say it people, who want to work different, think different and be different. People who want to do stuff that matters, create their very best ‘art’ and become a stand out in a sea of mass mainstream platform building onboarding generic start-ups.
It is genuinely focused on values and sticking to them, commitment and learning. It is a 6-month programme designed for newbies to business by themselves, or people struggling on the freelancer road, who need a breather and a jump start.
If this sounds vaguely of interest and you are curious about something that will be different and will be focused on providing you relevant, really useful, no bullshit help, then find out more here – Alt Incubator.
Onwards on the road of sharing our transformation from yet another samey coworking desk factory to a tribe of people thriving and succeeding through collaboration and helping each other out.
This is work therapy at it’s best, hopefully as a reader it’s interesting to see the process of change, let us know your thoughts and anything you would like to see included within our Alt Incubator that would be really useful for you.