RE: All Things Collaborative

photo-5As a kid, I had the privilege of watching Sesame Street during the good old days of puppetry. Before digital editing was available to animate Grover as he taught lessons in opposites or spelling, my imagination edited out the thin black sticks moving his arms about and never questioned the absence of ears. (Why would I? He could hear me perfectly when I shouted out answers from my living room.) I soaked up every colorful, humorous lesson.

Words like cooperation and teamwork have tunes that echo in my mind to this day. (If you catch me at the right moment, I may sing them for you.) I’m used to the bigger picture of working together towards a common goal or task. There is a big picture, we all get assigned roles and cooperate to get it all done. Like the well orchestrated spelling lessons with Grover, the letters H, O and T get pushed together until the fiery answer of “HOT! HOT! HOT!” gets shouted at the screen in gleeful realization.

The lessons of letters brought the values of teamwork to life. As I re.think these principles in my adult life, I realize how collaboration and coworking need these same values to succeed. In an effort to re.vive these roots over the next couple months, I’d like to offer a variety of prefixes and invite you to bring your words to the table.

Let’s unravel the coming seasons with a co.operation of words and ideas that bring about new definitions for the road ahead. Let’s take creating to the next level and co.create with what’s going on around us. For the next couple weeks, I’m offering the prefix “Re:” to begin the discussion and transform words like imagine, play and use. Let’s re.imagine our words together, shall we? Let’s see what values, practices and ideas are re.born in our collaboration.

We’re launching a whole new string of Workbenches that springboard off of this prefix discussion. We’re bringing in new Experience Talks, upcoming series and special events to catapult us through the year too. Our goal? To grow on the cutting edge of collaboration and cultivate a narrative of our journey together.

This week, come join our Director of Innovation, David, on Thursday, April 17th for the WorkBench: Re.Play, as he unleashes the physics of music and the experience of sound.

Why Not Us?

Why not us?

That is the question that every awesome group of individuals, organization, team, or company asks themselves at some point in time.

Why not us?

They begin to realize that it is entirely up to them to be the best, to create something truly amazing and incredible, and to leave their mark on history and the world. It can be far too easy to make excuses for yourself and to not believe that every single one of us is capable of unimaginable and unnameable success. I ask you to think of the pioneers and leaders throughout the history of the world – they all knew that there was no reason that they couldn’t do something that had never been done before. They simply asked themselves: Why not us?

And here at The Grove, I am posing this exact same question to the staff, the members, and everyone who is a part of the community. Why couldn’t The Grove become a place that is recognized internationally for its contributions to the world? Why couldn’t The Grove become a hub of social, humanitarian, political, economical, artistic, educational, professional, and cultural wealth? Why couldn’t The Grove become the leaders of the next generation and create a lasting impact on human history?

To me, I see no reason that this is not a possibility. In fact, I believe that this is the course we are on and the direction we are headed in - as we are the masters of our own destiny and our future is in our own hands!

 

Welcome to the new era of The Grove, a place of pure imagination.

 

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it.
Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.”

-Willy Wonka

 

CoworkCT

Back when we opened our doors in September of 2010 we were the only coworking space in Connecticut. Now, just 3 years later there are coworking spaces that have popped up from Stamford to Manchester. Coworking has reached movement status. It’s a movement that is sparking collaboration and innovation throughout the state. As ConnCreatives noted in a recent article:

“Coworking spaces — and the collaboration and connections they provide — have become more and more important. These spaces are stimulating, inspiring, and fun, and can lead to new business development and increased levels of productivity.”

CoworkCT

 

In light of all this growth we’re holding a panel discussion with representatives from the state’s leading centers for collaboration and innovation- the Stamford Innovation Center, reSET, B:Hive, The Grove, Axis901 and The Danbury Innovation Center.

Join us on January 22nd at 6pm to learn about the benefits of coworking and how these communities are creating a sense of place and community throughout Connecticut.

 

Learn More

Hello world!

Welcome to our new site!!

This has been a long time coming and we’re really excited to get something up and running. There’s a lot more to come though so bear with us. Right now the site is a work in progress so if you see bugs let us know by emailing us. There are also only a few pages up. More will be rolled out throughout the next week so come back to explore.

 

What’s to come?

One of the things that we’re most excited about is a page where you can see all of our members, sort by their skillset, and even hire them. We’re also excited to start blogging more and keeping our site more up to date. So, check back in soon to see what we’ve done.