Jacob Sayles is one of the original community builders in the Coworking movement. As a co-founder of one of the world\'s most vibrant Coworking communities - Office Nomads - in Seattle, WA, Jacob also co-founded the first coworking collective - The Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance. Jacob\'s commitment to the core values of the movement allows him to easily transform potential competitors into friends and collaborators. He practices what he preaches. In 2012 he founded Open Coworking, a non-profit dedicated to facilitating collaboration between coworking spaces around the world. Jacob is now working to expand his open-source coworking software \'Nadine\' as a gift to the movement, in partnership with the 312 Main project in Vancouver, BC.
Collaboration and connection underpins much of what BizDojo does. A value that Nick (and co-founder Jonah) have instilled in BizDojo from day one after seeing the impacts collaboration has had upon their own work. But this focus on collaboration extends beyond the BizDojo team, and the spaces they run, and into Nick’s commitment to moving the coworking community forward not only in New Zealand but abroad.
Over the years, driven by this focus on collaboration and connection Nick has championed an open thinking policy at BizDojo. Nick believes “We need to move beyond siloed thinking as operators, and work together to create a stronger outcomes for the ones that matter - our residents.”
As a result, BizDojo has shared their insights and learning around establishing their space, the tools they use, their approach to community building and more with 100s of coworking operators, incubator/programme organisers, local and central government representatives from within New Zealand and around the world. Nick has impressed upon the BizDojo team a policy of sharing, which means that if someone from Rotorua interested in setting up a creative hub and coworking space gets in touch with the community team from BizDojo @ GridAKL they are more than welcome to come through BizDojo, tour the space and talk to the community team about the what, why and how of the BizDojo approach to coworking.
Nick himself is always keen to share the benefits of coworking with frankly, anyone that will listen. From a random human on the street, to business leaders and investors on delegations to Asia (2015) or Israel (2016) in press, at talks, universities or meetups.
“You cannot establish a policy of openness within your team without committing to it yourself. Both I and my co-founder Jonah are open books. We hope we are known for sharing what we have learnt, because it is something we are both passionate about.”
Tony has been a passionate advocate for the coworking movement since 2007. As one of the first coworking space operators in New York City, Tony has inspired, mentored and challenged hundreds of others to build and grow collaborative communities around the world. He tirelessly works for the greater good of the movement, donating endless amounts of time and energy to ensure the coworking core values are at the heart of every conversation. He works to help manage the Coworking Wiki, the Coworking website, the Coworking Visa, and Open Coworking, all while running an organizers club and Cotivation programs. Tony truly reflects all that is good about collaboration and coworking.