Impact Hub Philly co-working space

Our company, evox, is by definition a “Public Benefit Corporation,” which requires lots of specifically high standards and commitments to community and the environment as mandated in our corporate by-laws. We love these standards outlined by B-LABS  (B Corp), and are particularly proud of our stand for the environment.

One of many aspects of our eco-commitment is that, whenever possible, evox is a remote workplace, so team members are not commuting to a workplace and adding unnecessary carbon to our footprint.

There are, of course, occasions when team members, who are based all around the country, might come together for a meeting or conference. During these great times of being in the same city at the same time, we always look for local co-working spaces, like the international string of Impact Hubs, the Cambridge Innovation Center, and Village Workspaces.

Creativity breeds creativity, and being able to drop into fertile imaginative environments is a treat.

I must say, I love these spaces. Actually, I lurrvvv these spaces. They are always impossibly cool with bitchin' new furniture and glass walls and quirky niches and kitchens with endlessly flowing espresso. The people—the fellow shared workspace workers—are passionate and hip and sport interesting and fashionably edgy eyewear…and they have stories to tell and projects that light them up and a gorgeous desire to share and find out what we’re up to, as well. Working from home and playing with my dogs any time I wish is heaven, but rubbing up against other folks who are driven and inspired provides a special something that I find very energizing when we use co-working spaces.

It’s hard for me to figure out why this alternative isn’t more ubiquitous. Creativity breeds creativity, and being able to drop into fertile imaginative environments is a treat.

Wave of the future? Clearly it should be. 

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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