Last month I opened Greenpoint Coworking, a beautifully designed communal workspace for the independent worker aka freelancer. Every aspect of the space and how we conduct business here has been intricately planned out, down to the notion of having a dog in the space.Coworking is all about redefining the notion of how we work. It's about breaking traditional standards of office politics, it's about creating environments that are open and transparent and friendly, where sharing is encouraged, not perceived as a threat. As an entrepreneur I want to continuously be able to grow without sacrificing the things that are important to me: working in a beautiful environment with loads of natural light, being immersed in a thriving community, and spending days with my pup. But how would this factor in to this new, communal workplace?
Turns out, pretty nicely. Sushi contributes a few different things to the atmosphere of the space:
1. She serves as an icebreaker.
Let's face it, meeting new people can be awkward. No. Matter. What. With Sushi here, the awkwardness is eased a bit–she makes everyone a little more relaxed. She's cute, she does funny things, she gives people a reason to stop and laugh together. Dogs are known to deepen the human bond, so she acts as a social catalyst in a space whose mission is to be a platform for community building.