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Grind: The Future Of Work?
Posted by Jeremy Person on 07 03, 2012 & filed under Technical.
Grind: The Future Of Work?

According to Grind’s website, grind is “a 22nd century platform that helps talent collaborate in a new way: outside the system.  It’s a members-only workspace and community dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of working the old way and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine.”  The first Grind location opened at 419 Park Avenue South and is available to those who are approved via the application on their website.  Once  approved, the location is $35 a day or $500 a month.

I love disruption of industries, especially when the disruption causes a more open, ethical, responsible, collaborative, and efficient result.  I think what Grind is doing is great and I’d love to hear from those who have worked there.  I am intrigued by this model and would be interested to see if it is a trend that continues.  Until today I hadn’t heard about Grind but I had heard about what Phillip Rosedale, the creator of Second Life was doing with his model called Coffee & Power in San Francisco.  Kevin Rose does a great series called Foundation and below is his interview with Rosedale which covers Rosedale’s career and future vision of Coffee & Power.

I can think of a few hybrid models of what Grind and Coffee & Power are creating, but each admittedly have their advantages and disadvantages.

Model #1: A way for businesses or individuals to lease unused real estate to those who need a space to create and collaborate.  This is already happening today and if you Google “unused office space” you can see this model already “has legs”.

Model #2: An online solution for people to collaborate real time on their projects.  A way for people to recruit others to help with their cause and benefit from the result of the effort.  We have GoToMyPC, Skype, and other real time collaborative solutions, but one might argue that the efficiencies of collaborating in the same physical space can’t be replicated or matched with such tools.

Model #3: A family friendly version of what Grind & Coffee & Power is doing.  Think Grind meets Gymboree where moms and dads don’t just work and grow their careers, but their kids grow alongside them.  Families can take their kids to work with them and be as much of a parent, or as close to their kids as they choose.  Many parents already have daycare costs.  I would love to have my son close by so I could eat lunch with him, take him outside with me as I went on break (if I took breaks…which I would if I could be with him for a few minutes), and just be with him as much as possible.  I think many professionals fear that having a family will impact their career options.  Most families these days work, and I’m a big proponent of moms and dads both working if they choose to, but at the same time I think we can find a family friendly model to careers and family in modern day society.  I think moms and dads should be given a better alternative to working where work/life balance isn’t where you can work less hours at the office so you could have a better balance at home, but the home and the office are as seamless as possible.  At many companies and start-ups today there is a stark contrast between work and family.  Can you tell which of the models I’m most passionate about?

Model #4: A combination of 1, 2, and/or 3.

Model #5: ?

What does your perfect workspace look like?

About the Author: Jeremy Person

Jeremy Person is the Group Director of Corporate Communications at a Fortune 100 company where his team is responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting all internal web operations including the retail and backstage intranet sites. The...Find out more

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#1 from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on July 03, 2012

Good catch, Jeremy!
We see similar efforts to get co-working going here in Dallas but it has yet to reach critical mass. One factor is the city itself. There has to be some urban vitality present (note the street traffic in the video demo) and there have to be enough of the right kind of people….  Perhaps Grind will show the way.

#2 from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on July 06, 2012

John:  Geography is an interesting point.  Jeremy’s examples were in NYC and Bay Area our nations two most hip cities…lots of start ups.  I think that most corporations can implement this type of cross discipline collaboration within their organization in any number of ways. 1) A company wide problem solving message board.  Where problem solvers are rewarded. 2) Mentoring programs that match people from different departments.  3) Meet and greets set up like speed dating—3mins to tell people what your department does and how you could potential help the other person.  The list goes on and on.  I think the important thing is to get all kinds of people in the same room. Thanks for your comment!  We always love to hear from you. 

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