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A Juice Cleanse for Your Brain: 5 Steps to Relevance in Today’s Workforce

 We used to classify ourselves as either artsy or analytical. Not only has the myth of left or right-brain dominance been debunked, limiting yourself to one or the other won’t further a career these days.

As technology infiltrates every part of our work, we need to be able to find the human side of all things digital and express creative ideas with code.The New Tech City team and I try to do this every week by putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage on our podcast.

Creativity and Tech

Earlier this month, I moderated a panel of unusual educators at the CreateTech event. They believe you’ll only find work and success in the 21st century by exploring where your creativity and technology intersect.

I asked each panelist to give the audience something quick they can do to get their juices flowing….to get creatives to think analytically and techies to find their artsy side.

The First 4 Steps

Here are their excellent ideas:

1. Go to events & meetings you weren’t invited to, says Mark Avnet, Dean, 36iU. Mark runs a school within an advertising agency. He doesn’t mean you should crash meetings- just go to events that other people didn’t think would interest or pertain to you. You’ll learn more that way.

2. Write a daily list of questions, ANY questions, says Zach Lieberman, Artist and Founder, School for Poetic Computation. If you haven’t heard of this new school, check it out. Zach is all about finding beauty in the technical. More from Zach at the bottom of this post.

3. Talk to someone about something out of your comfort zone, says Georgia Krantz, Senior Education Manager, Guggenheim Museum and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communications, NYU ITP.  Georgia says she doesn’t write code and yet she teaches at NYU’s famous Interactive Telecommunications Program. A beautiful thing.

4. Find someone really young and MAKE something says Limor Fried, Engineer and Founder, Adafruit Industries. Kids find joy in discovering the smallest thing. So should we says the inimitable Limor Fried.

Basically, to survive in today’s economy, we need to mashup our brains.

The 5th Step

So I’d like to add a 5th thing you can do RIGHT NOW. Get your ticket to WNYC’s Creativity, Technology and Education event on November 19 at The Greene Space. We are calling it “Tech + Today’s Worker: Upgrading Your Skills in Every Phase of Life.”

I’ll be hosting an evening of insight, advice and networking (and wine!) to help you figure the next stage of your working life and understand how continuing education can fit in.

Questions we’ll answer include:

  • What can recent graduates do to make themselves more attractive to employers in this tough job market?
  • How can mid-career professionals stay relevant and advance their careers in a quickly changing digital marketplace?
  • As we live longer lives, what role do these subjects play for seniors, whether they are retired or looking for work?

We’ll have experts with deep experience helping people of all ages find their calling and pay the bills:

Carmen Scheidel, Vice President of Learning + Development at Time, Inc.

Tom Kamber, founding executive director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), the largest municipal technology program for senior citizens in the country

Larry Harris, Chief Marketing Officer of PubMatic, a startup ad tech company in Manhattan

Plus we’ll have a whimsical and thought-provoking demonstration from the founder of that new School for Poetic Computation, Zach Lieberman, who will help you find where YOUR creative and technical sides intersect.

Join us!  Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Leave a comment here or tweet me @manoushz

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My Big News: From Freelance to Full-ON

WNYC's New Tech City
If you had told me 1 year ago today that I would be accepting a full-time job, I would have laughed my head off. I had just completed a Kickstarter campaign and published my multimedia book Camera Ready. I was in the midst of building a “personal brand”. Oh, and I was working on a little radio pilot on the side. Well, that side project took off and I am extremely excited and pleased to share with you the following press release from WNYC on New Tech City’s and my future.  If you were an early listener and supporter- thank you a million times over. If you haven’t listened yet, welcome! Please let us know what you think, and I can’t wait to meet you at one of the many events we are planning for the year to come.

Just one more thing: to those of you working the freelance/entrepreneur thing…keep at it. But if you are given the opportunity to put your innovative ways to work within an organization that you trust, with crazy-talented staff, and visionary bosses, consider it.  There aren’t a lot of organizations out there like that and I feel lucky to have found a good match, even when I wasn’t looking for it. 

WNYC NAMES MANOUSH ZOMORODI MANAGING EDITOR OF NEW TECH CITY 

Weekly Podcast and Radio Segment Will Expand Into New Digital Programming Concept

( New York , NY – June 11, 2013) — WNYC announced today that Manoush Zomorodi will become managing editor of New Tech City, currently a weekly podcast and segment featured on Morning Edition that explores innovation, creativity, technology and the new economy; how the culture of work and society are changing under the influence of technology; and how New York fits into these themes.

Zomorodi will continue to host New Tech City, which she co-created last fall as a freelancer with WNYC producer Charlie Herman.  The new position is effective July 1.

As managing editor, Zomorodi will oversee a new phase of New Tech City, in which WNYC plans to expand the weekly segment into a new programming concept that will first and foremost be a digital media enterprise with videos, live events and other components that break from traditional radio programming.

“I am thrilled that NewTechCity has connected with listeners and that WNYC sees an opportunity for the project to become an innovative example of the very transformation that we explore in our segments,” said Zomorodi“Understanding how technology is dramatically reshaping New York , and how New York in turn is driving innovation, is vital to understanding our future.  But tech isn’t just about the latest gadget or the start up scene – it’s about how digital age is changing the way we live, work and relate to each other. I am so thrilled to be joining WNYC’s amazing family of storytellers and look forward to growing New Tech City into a bigger tent that can address all of these issues and nuances.”

“Manoush’s ability to dissect and explain the important ways that technology is transforming our lives, and how this transformation relates to the region, has made New Tech City one of the most popular new segments on WNYC,” said Jim Schachter, Vice President for News, WNYC “Now with her new role as managing editor and the expanded content we intend to develop around the brand, we believe New Tech City will continue break new ground not only in how New York’s technology world is covered, but how content is produced and delivered in public media.”

New Tech City launched last fall to explore the tech scene, and innovation more broadly, in the New York City metro region.  Segments on topics as varied as AirBnB, violence in video games, the future of libraries, STEM education and women in technology have built a fast-growing audience for New Tech City in podcasts and on-demand listening, as well as on the air.

A graduate of Georgetown University , Manoush has been a producer, correspondent and presenter for the BBC, an anchor for Thomson Reuters Television, and a consultant to non-profits including the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch and the Gates Foundation. She is also the author of Camera Ready: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On Air or Online, one of the top-selling journalism books on Amazon.

New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio, as well as www.wnyc.org, www.wqxr.org, www.thegreenespace.org and www.njpublicradio.org. As America ‘ s most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City ‘ s cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WQXR is New York City ‘s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and Carnegie Hall, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station ‘ s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. New Jersey Public Radio extends WNYC reach and service more deeply into New Jersey . For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.

 

New Tech City
Herman + Shulmister: A typical NTC meeting of the minds

P.S. A humongous thank you to the New Tech City team and contributors thus far:

my co-creator and editor Charlie Herman
producer/reporter Dan Tucker
editor Wayne Shulmister
contributing reporters Ilya Marritz, Stan Alcorn, Tracey SamuelsonAnna Sale, Druke Galen, Reema Khrais, Yasmeen Khan, Eric Molinsky, Mary Harris

and gratitude to EVERYONE at WNYC who has supported and encouraged NTC, especially…
big thinker Collin Campbell

big bosses Jim Schachter and Dean Cappello

and of course, Josh Robin 

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“Every Other Industry will be Eaten by Tech”: How to Make Sure Your Kids Aren’t

“We’re in the early days of the Internet. Every other industry will be eaten by tech,” says Paul Buchheit in a recent New York Times Magazine article about startups. Buchheit was Google’s 23rd employee and helped develop AdSense and Gmail.

If Buchheit is right, that means that every single American worker is going to need to know something about the so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), no matter what the job.

Had you told this to my 14 year-old self, I probably would have started crying. If you had also told me that I would grow up to host a show called New Tech City, I probably would have started laughing. I liked novels, not computers.

But teachers are starting to teach STEM subjects differently these days with Legos, games, and real world examples. And yet, it’s still not enough.  Check out these statistics from Change the Equation about how the US is falling behind.

So we’ll be talking specifically about what makes teaching STEM so tough at The Greene Space on Tuesday, May 21. I’m co-hosting the event with WNYC’s Beth Fertig of Schoolbook.  The focus will be on NYC K-12 schools and we’ll ask: what techniques DO work? How can teachers and parents insure our kids succeed and enjoy learning STEM subjects?

Panelists include the Deputy Chief Academic Officer for the DOE, educators from NYU/Polytechnic University who have dedicated themselves to working with younger kids, and of course, teachers, who will actually demonstrate some of their methods for getting their students psyched to learn.

And we will also discuss how we can all better explain, to the older kids especially, WHY everyone needs a STEM education. Here’s an example given by Pubmatic President Kirk McDonald in a Wall Street Journal op-ed called, “Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You”:

“Suppose you’re sitting in a meeting with clients, and someone asks you how long a certain digital project is slated to take. Unless you understand the fundamentals of what engineers and programmers do…any answer you give is a guess and therefore probably wrong. Even if your dream job is in marketing or sales or another department seemingly unrelated to programming, I’m not going to hire you unless you can at least understand the basic way my company works.”

Send the link to this article to any high school kid you know. When I was in college, a warning like that might have convinced me to transfer out of Advanced Watercolor to Beginner Computer Science.

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#StartupCity: Fred Wilson for NYC Mayor?

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Mayoral hopefuls debate tech...

“The Godfather of New York’s tech scene!”
That’s how Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer introduced venture capitalist Fred Wilson at his Start-up City: An Entrepreneurial Economy for Middle Class New York event, held at NY Law School last week as part of his Partnership NYC Jobs Blueprint proposal.

As anyone who attends tech conferences knows, Wilson isn’t the kind of godfather who sits in a back room, plotting his next hit—he is out, front and center, explaining how he thinks the momentum of the city’s tech economy can be sustained and grow.

Wilson, more clearly and succinctly than anyone that day, including mayoral candidates, laid out ways to build on NYC tech:

3 Ways to Build NYC Tech


1. Workforce Development

Wilson quoted Netscape founder Marc Andreessen:

“In the future there will be 2 kinds of jobs—those for people to tell the computer what to do…and those where the computer tells people what to do.”
We want to teach our children so they can be in the first camp, said Wilson.

The first Academy of Software Engineering opened in Manhattan last fall, with Wilson’s support. The second will open in the Bronx in September and build on his “quest to put more computer science and software engineering in the NYC public school system.” (Btw, I’m co-hosting an event talking about NYC schools and STEM at The Greene Space on May 21. Join us!)

Wilson also gave shout-outs to the coming Cornell Tech campus and NYU’s new Center for Urban Science + Progress.
But he called for more continuing education opportunities (like the Flatiron School and GA) to help mid-career New Yorkers get the digital skills they need to reinvent themselves.

 2. Connectivity

“I would love to see a Mayoral candidate say ‘I’m going to bring Google fiber to New York,’” said Wilson. Basically, broadband and Wi-Fi still suck here.

Wilson called on the city to put free and open Wi-fi on every subway car and in every tunnel as a “shot across the bow” at all cell-service providers. He admitted it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars though.

3. Regulatory Reform

“We have a problem in the way that cities and the federal government regulate innovation—it’s all permission based,” said Wilson. He went on to explain that the Internet has been such a hotbed of innovation because it is “permission-less.”

Wilson cited Airbnb as an example of an innovative business (with a share-based business model) that will bring a billion dollars into the city’s economy this year but is technically illegal.

“Corporate companies use money to stop competitors from coming in…sending cease and desist letters…this is the kind of nonsense we can’t let happen,” said Wilson.

Wilson’s New Paradigm

NYC officials, he said, need to rethink how they operate.

They must move from…

Regulation 1.0: Bureaucracy, friction, permission
to 
Regulation 2.0: Transparency, accountability, innovation

The Next Mayor

After apologizing for mixing metaphors, Wilson said, “Tech is like Pandora’s box: I we can’t put the Genie back in bottle…and we can’t bring back those lost jobs.” He said he’s going to vote for a mayoral candidate who is “willing to speak up against the city’s entrenched interests.”

As Fred Wilson finished up his presentation, I leaned over to my neighbor, who happened to be Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis, and asked, “Has Fred ever talked about running for Mayor?” Bre shrugged and yelled “Fred Wilson for Mayor!” as Wilson walked offstage.

Sure enough, an hour latter a Twitter account called @DraftFredWilson appeared. Would you vote for Fred?

Listen to Bre Pettis’ reaction to Fred Wilson’s tenants of tech expansion….

Check out WNYC’s New Tech City, rate us on iTunes, and talk to me on Twitter @manoushz.

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The Age of Entrepreneurship and Self-Help. Barf?

Rebooting Work Maynard WebbWhy is it that whenever I talk about the tech “scene,” the conversation often turns to doing what you love, being your best self, and finding your passion?

All this self-reflection and analysis makes me feel slightly nauseous. But I’m going with it.

As Business Insider noted last week, “people are voluntarily quitting their jobs at the highest rate since the pre-recession era.” That’s according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.

Many of us have technology and digital tools to thank for the flexibility we have to work anywhere and anytime.  That easy connectedness has let the entrepreneurial spirit, formerly reserved for geniuses, trustafarians, and the fiercely competitive, trickle down to us regular white-collar folks.

Suddenly we are being given a chance to become “CEO of our own destinies,” as Maynard Webb, author of Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship puts it.

I recently interviewed Maynard for the show I host, WNYC’s New Tech City. Maynard was tech guy who saved eBay and now invests in tech companies.  A former IBM security guard turned CTO, he says he wants everyone to wake up to the new reality of work.

“We are still using outdated models of work and people still have outdated expectations of what your company should do for you,” he told me.

Even if you have a regular job with regular hours, you need to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit, he says, and think like an “intrapreneur.”

This is a different mentality than the one I had when I graduated from college (in the ‘90s) and bought my copy of What Color is Your Parachute. Mapping a career trajectory has taken on a new soul-searching quality. In a recent New York magazine article called The Power of Positive Publishing: How Self-Help Ate America, writer Boris Kachka notes:

“We are in a new era of mass self-help, wherein the laboratory and the writer work together to teach us how to change ourselves, rather than our world.”

I think technology has a lot to do with that. It’s given us the ability to think outside of the corporate ladder and the 9-5 day. But I think it’s unfair to insinuate that we’ve become so self-involved that this new era of self-help is only about benefiting ourselves.  I hear many people asking themselves, “How can I do work that I like AND have an impact on others for the better?”

Maybe I’ve gone soft (or Millenial) but isn’t one of the tenants of self-help “you have to be able to help yourself before you can help others”?

Talk to me on Twitter @manoushz and check out my entrepreneurial ebook Camera Ready.

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Irrational Exuberance? Tech Sector Personalities

Matthew Brimer, Co-Founder of General Assembly, about to give a talk at SXSW. He describes himself on Twitter as, "Maker of things and doer of deeds. Bullish on The Future. New York, NY."

I’m thinking a lot about irrational exuberance these days, specifically:

-whether it applies to the tech sector and the journalists who cover it

-how the concept of failing has changed, thanks in part to the tech scene

-if it’s an American thing to feel failure isn’t shameful but simply part of any learning process

-whether un-American (and I don’t mean that in a bad way) pragmatism is partly why Evgeny Morozov, author of  To Save Everything, Click Here, is so disgusted with the tech sector


The SXSWi festival last month in Austin seemed to be the pinicle of digital exuberance. I rediscovered an interview I did there with developer Pablo Quinteros and entrepreneur/journalist Seth Porges. Seth found Pablo when he hired him to create his fashion app Cloth.

I found these guys while wandering the Made in NY event. Listen and just tell me you aren’t slightly infected by their intense enthusiasm, sweet honesty, and patient explanation about how the relationship between tech entrepreneur (aka Ideas Guy) and a developer (aka Coding Dude) can play out….actually, really, listen and let me know what you think about the excitement around tech in New York right now.

I’m also on Twitter @manoushz

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How Tech Changed the Way I Live + Work

This week is New Tech City‘s first ever event and it is SOLD OUT. But you can join WNYC and me for “How Tech is Changing the Way Women Work” at The Greene Space online, where we will be streaming the panel LIVE…and not just audio, video too.

When we were planning this gathering months ago, we had no idea just how timely the topic would be: with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book coming out, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer deciding to ban working from home, and Anne-Marie Slaughter becoming a feminist rockstar.

But we don’t want to rehash old ground, or all the articles you’ve read over the past couple of weeks. So we’re going to hit three topics: digital tools and how to manage them, female entrepreneurs and start-ups, and finally, coding and working in STEM fields and what that can mean for the next generation. And of course, we hope you’ll share YOUR story either here or on Twitter #womentech. I figured if I’m asking everyone to get personal, I might as well explain how I came to the idea of holding this event. Be warned: I mention boobs.


THE PANEL

Jessica Lawrence, Managing Director of NY Tech Meetup

Marie C. Wilson, founder of The White House Project and Co-creator ofTake Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Cali Williams Yost, CEO and founder of Work+Life Fit, Inc.

Stacy-Marie Ishmael, lead product managemer at Percolate, former editor and journalist at the Financial Times 

Listen or watch at 9am on March 19. Open your favorite browser and see or hear the event streaming live. Better yet, have a listening coffee klatch with your co-workers or friends and discuss afterwards.  Or come back later…we’ll also have a podcast of the event up soon. Flex-work, flex-media consumption.

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Every Brand is a Newsroom in 2013

Newsrooms are still losing jobs—Newsweek, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The New York Times all recently announced plans to cut more positions. My advice to those people being offered a buyout? Take the money and get ready to be appreciated again. Because now is the best time for a journalist to lose his/her job.

Writing, interviewing, taking tons of information and transforming it into an accessible story isn’t rocket science but it IS a skill. And in 2013 more companies and non-profits will realize that they need people with those skills, not just with quick Facebook hits and tweets, but also with instructive whitepapers, in-depth interviews, and videos that truly educate and inform audiences.

The cynical term for this is “content marketing” but I think coming up with ideas for quality media takes work and sincerity—as journalism professor Carrie Brown-Smith recently wrote for the Nieman Lab“to engage customers you need something interesting and relevant to put [out] there, and that’s not so easy to do.”

Ahead of the curve? Non-profits

Without the pressure of turning a profit, organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations and Human Rights Watch (full disclosure: both are previous clients) have had “newsrooms” within their operations for several years. They’ve hired reporters, editors, and producers from news organizations like CNN, the BBC, and NPR to turn out high-quality podcasts, videos, and blog posts that supplement their traditional press releases. But more interestingly, they often just cut out the middleman, aka the mainstream media, and go directly to the public via iTunes, YouTube, and blogs.

What this Means for Publicists

I’ve been thinking a lot about this “newsroom within a brand” phenomenon so it was odd to sit on a panel last month with some of my fellow tech journalists, Samantha MurphyAlyson ShontellDevindra Hardawar, and Ki Mae Heussner, at the Publicity Club of NY. In the audience were publicists who wanted to know how to get their clients covered on, respectively, Mashable, Business Insider, VentureBeat, GigaOm and my own segment on WNYCNew Tech City.

Since I’m somewhat new to the tech media scene, I was a little startled by the audience’s questions—when it is best to send you a press release? What should we put in the subject line to get you to open our emails? These queries seemed dated to me.

Nonetheless, here’s how I suggest they pitch me:

  • Tell me how your product is going to make me live my life differently.
  • Give me a relevant reason (i.e, a news peg) as to why I should cover your company right now.
  • Show me how your product/brand has a story and relates to the world around me.

I hope some of them walked away not just with ideas on how to pitch better (including DON’T WRITE IN ALL CAPS IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE) but how to make their own content. At the very least, creating their own content will help PR people understand what journalists are looking for….and help them convince reporters more efficiently that a company is worth covering.

What this Means for J-School Students

I cut my reporting teeth in foreign newsgathering at the BBC and never attended journalism school, but I think students with journalism degrees WILL find work. They might need to get over the fact that they are unlikely work for the New York Times and they may not even be called reporters wherever they end up. Maybe they’ll be called CCs or Content Creators (ugh, just joking).

The lovely Duy Linh Tu heads up the Digital Media Program at Columbia University’s Journalism School. When I interviewed him recently, he had some interesting insight as to where his students might end up.

Where To Go From Here

This post is meant to be content marketing from a content creator’s point of view. For wisdom from the marketing POV read thought leaders like Ian Schafer of Deep FocusEdelman Digital‘s Steve Rubel and David Armano, or check out Magnify‘s Steve Rosenbaum on why curation is also content creation.

I think the bottom line is positive: quality rises to the top. Instead of being hit over the head with annoying ads, won’t you, for example, be happier to buy your food from a company that gives you the latest in nutrition science and awesome recipes? Or rent a car from a company that holds free seminars on bad weather driving and writes posts that make the issues of global warming and fuel efficiency interesting? I will.

What do you think? Can companies report without selling? Please let me know in the comments or talk to me on Twitter @ManoushZ. Download New Tech City for free on iTunes and my ebook, Camera Ready, on Amazon, iBooks, and Nook.

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NYC is #1 in Co-Working: Is It Right for You?

New York City has over 60 co-working spaces, more than other city, according to a survey done by co-working website DeskMag. Berlin comes in second with nearly 50. London, Tokyo, Barcelona, and San Francisco follow—all with more than 30 spaces.

“But what IS co-working?” you ask. It’s a communal office space where freelancers, telecommuters, and entrepreneurs can come together to share a copy machine, avoid NYC’s high rents, and make business connections (and friends).

Technology has made it possible for more people than ever to work from anywhere. Combine that trend with the fact that more people are going out on their own, either willingly or because they lost a full-time job, and you’ve got a nomadic workforce that wants to work when they choose.

Where the magic happens


When I went freelance, I thought working from home would be the answer.
  But the incessant soft scratching at my door (no, it wasn’t the cat, it was my 4 year-old), among other things, made it impossible to concentrate and have proper adult telephone conversations.  Then, lugging around my laptop from coffee shop to coffee shop and weathering dirty looks from café barristas (who are annoyed that I’d taken up a table for 4 hours) got old quickly.  Plus, it was lonely.

So I recently settled into a cubicle with good light at the Brooklyn Creative League. But I’ve “co-worked” elsewhere.  Here’s a sampling and some tips on what to look for if you decide to give co-working a try:

 

 

Shared desks and pay per day

At Grind in midtown, it’s first come first served. You can either pay by the month or swipe your pass and just pay by the day.  The crowd seems to be mostly start-up, young, and techie. They serve delicious Intelligentsia coffee and the bright white modern décor promotes a feeling of “I am cutting edge”. On the downside, people sometimes talk loudly on their phones. A second location is opening downtown. It is sometimes open on weekends.

 

Family folks making it work

Brooklyn Creative League caters to established professionals mostly in their thirties and forties. I’ve met an architect, lawyer, non-profit consultant, graphic designer, children’s book author, and game developer.  People work at cubicles and socializing is pretty minimal but I’ve heard there is quite a bit of project collaboration. Things get more social on Salad Day (every Wednesday) when everyone contributes an ingredient to a buffet and founders Neil and Erin provide the lettuce. Pay by the month for your own desk or go part-time (40 or 80 hours a month) and reserve a desk online. Open on weekends.

Intimate and web driven

Greenpoint Co-working is run by Sara Bacon, a graphic designer with her own business, Command C. I met her when she designed my website.

A regular at Greenpoint Co-Working

The small space of about 12 workspaces feels very homey and has a group of regulars, including Sara’s dog Sushi. That means a friendly atmosphere—but with one large room, you’ll know when the restroom is occupied. Pay by the day or month. No weekend hours.

 

For more on co-working and how technology is changing the way we work, listen to WNYC’s New Tech City (free on iTunes, or tune to 93.9FM on Tuesdays at 5:50am and 7:50am.)

Check out the projects that made me become a co-worker (my book Camera Ready and non-profit consulting). I’m also on Twitter @manoushz and would love to hear about any cool co-working spots.

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