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Distinguished Speaker Series – Rod Stevens

Posted on December 8th, by robertorr in Entrepreneurship, Events, Future Office, Lean, New Haven, Policy, Prosperity. No Comments

Please Join Us 12/23/13 Noon for a Stimulating and Timely Talk by Rod Stevens:
A Hands-On, Do-It-Yourself Approach to Business and Economic Development for the Rest of Us. 
How we can use place-making and the passions and interests of the people already living here to create a living economy for the 21st Century. Making it local.
The lean economy. Solve local problems, locally, through distributed making that leverages local stranded assets and kickstarted rusty skills.


Distinguished Speaker Series
Monday, Dec 23, 2013, 12:00 Noon

The Bourse Coworking Loft

839 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06510

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Speaker: Rod Stevens

Rod Stevens is an expert in business intelligence and strategy, specializing in planning for place-based ventures. He will contrast top-down, large-scale, flavor-of-the-month approaches to urban revitalization with bottoms-up, entrepreneurial businesses that are rebuilding the economies of their communities through the passions and distinctive skills of local … Read More »

Workspace: Messy or tidy — which is better?

Posted on September 15th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Entrepreneurship, Future Office, New Haven, Shared Workspace. No Comments

MESSY or tidy — which is better?

By Kathleen D. Vohs

Reposted from NYT: September 13, 2013

Historically, the evidence has favored the tidy camp. Cleanliness, as the proverb says, is next to godliness. The anthropologist Mary Douglas noted almost 50 years ago a connection between clean, open spaces and moral righteousness. More recently, psychologists have shown that the scent of citrus cleaning products is enough to raise people’s ethical standards and promote trust. Conversely, in another study, people were found to associate chaotic wilderness with death.

But if messiness is so bad, why do so many people tolerate, and even embrace, it?

Not long ago, two of my colleagues and I speculated that messiness, like tidiness, might serve a purpose. Since tidiness has been associated with upholding societal standards, we predicted that just being around tidiness would elicit a desire for convention. We … Read More »

Work Gets Done at The Bourse Coworking Loft

Posted on January 25th, by Josh Allen in Blogs, Coworking, Efficiency, Future Office, New Haven. No Comments

At The Bourse, Coworking Means Getting Work Done
by Josh Allen, Contributor @ The Bourse Coworking Loft – Coworking New Haven

A recent article from a blogger in Brussels, Belgium detailed the fascinating rise, success, but somewhat shocking, sudden recent closure in November of 2012 of a coworking space called The HUB Brussels. It’s part cautionary tale, part investigation into what exactly went wrong in a place where things seemed to be going right. The blogger, who goes by the name Anis, clearly details how management at The HUB Brussels focused its energy on creating a passionate community, but did not facilitate the necessary parameters to keep that community coming back and engaged with each other and the space. The space was noisy, distracting, and inhibitive of real work getting done, rather than centered around cultivating a highly focused and energetic … Read More »

Bourse Coworking = No Bills For You!

Coworking = Less Bills = Happy You
Rapid Growth For Your Business is at The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft

By Robert Orr, Master of Coworking New Haven @ The Bourse


These days, where can you find office space where you never have to worry about all those hidden charges on top of “rent” that crash any business plan. You know, all the bills for electric, heat, janitorial services, coffee (and all the related refrigerators, sinks, grinders, espresso machines, stocking coffee/tea varieties, microwaves, etc.), common area management (CAM) fees, building insurance, faxing/data plan, wireless services, printing, toilet paper, staples, rubber bands, etc., etc., etc. They never seem to stop. All month. Every month. All year. And how about the responsibility of finishing a term lease if business heads south, not to mention the hefty deposit up front?

Going it alone can be risky AND expensive!

Wouldn’t … Read More »

The Architectural Debate Over New Urbanism

Posted on January 17th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Density, Future Office, New Haven, Policy, Urbanism. No Comments

What’s all the Fuss over New Urbanism?
Posted by Robert Orr, Master of Coworking New Haven @ The Bourse Coworking Loft

Frequent posts on The Bourse Coworking Loft blog address issues of urbanism since urbanism is considered a key component of Coworking. Coworking is based on the fact that enterprise and imagination find far greater productivity in the company of like-minded people, just like the success of enterprise and imagination of people living in the thickly settled environment of cities.

New Urbanism, as a movement, has been a 30-year unearthing of those qualities which contribute to successful urbanism. Successful urbanism is simply those places that make it really worth it to be human.

Although architects initiated the New Urbanist movement thirty years ago, and architects succeeded in attracting a host of other professions to the … Read More »

Computing Unveils the Truth about Diversity

Posted on January 7th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Diversity, Future Office, New Haven, Resilience, Technology. No Comments

Computing Just Might Write the Closing Act on the Self-Esteem Era, AKA Diversity
by Robert Orr, Master of Coworking New Haven @ The Bourse Coworking Loft

Coworking feeds off diversity. By bringing together people with diverse interests, backgrounds and perspectives Coworking offers the opportunity to grow enterprise and imagination in ways that individuals working alone can not. Diversity breeds prosperity. But what is diversity all about?

There’s an IBM ad that pops up on TV from time to time entitled, “Smarter Marketing: Seeing customers as individuals” ( The video is brief but poignant in driving home the shortcomings of demographics. Demographics are the indicators that steer marketers. Demographics tend to paint people in standard groups, such as income level, marital status, race, religion, education, etc.

The IBM video reveals the leap in useful indicators gleaned from switching from “geographics to analytics,” painting people as … Read More »

Urban Climate Change: Adapt or Fail

Posted on December 28th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Efficiency, Future Office, New Haven, Resilience, Technology, Urbanism. No Comments

Not Far Far Away PV Panels, Low Energy Lightbulbs, Wind Turbines, Electric Cars, LEED Platinum Gizmos Will Wear Out. Then Where Will We Be? We must plan for urban climate change through adaptation, not merely mitigation.

by Robert Orr

To the continuing debate on sustainability of which the shared workspace of coworking is an important part, The Bourse Coworking Loft adds this discussion regarding the best approach to address Climate Change (CC): whether to mitigate (take preventative measures) or to adapt (change habitat/expectations to accommodate the inevitable).

Earlier this year I attended a conference on Climate Change at Yale’s business school, the School of Organization and Management (SOM). Everyone in the room was wearing a dark suit. One after another, like at an AA meeting, presenters approached the lectern and began their talks, “Hi, My name is ______. I’m a Republican and I believe in … Read More »

Homework Vs. Cowork

Posted on December 7th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Efficiency, Future Office, New Haven. No Comments

Homework or Cowork? Here’s more evidence on the increased stress of working at home over working with others. The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft offers the cheer-up alternative. In the company of other people, you get more done in less time and with a lot less stress. Drop downtown and try-out our shared workspace (Free for 3 days). Instantly, you’ll find how much more accomplished you’ll feel than you do when working at home. At least, here you can share the pain! Read more, reposted from FORBESWOMAN, written by Meghan Casserly.


Taking It Easy Through The Holidays? Working From Home Won’t Help


Working from home = just more work. Homework!

U.S. employees have something to celebrate this year as more employers are giving time off around the holidays than ever before. 58% of employers are offering at least three paid days off at the end … Read More »

How Do You Choose? Coworking Space Vs. Office Space

Posted on November 30th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Efficiency, Future Office, New Haven. No Comments

Choosing Workspace. Coworking Space Vs. Office Space
Here at The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft, we have both private cubicles and shared workspace to offer. But how does one choose? Here are some thoughts pulled together by Robert Orr from writings by Joli shared by ShareDesk.

Whether your business is a start-up or you’ve been around a while, deciding on a new office space can be challenging. While location is definitely important, you first have to decide what sort of space you’re looking for. No matter the size of your company, you’ve got two basic choices for spaces. You can choose between either a large coworking space where your employees can work in a collaborative environment, or you can choose a space with many small offices and cubicles.

The Argument for Offices

The main argument in favor of having many small offices and cubicles … Read More »

Coworking’s Here to Stay as Companies Get Savvy about Reducing Overhead.

The Next Workplace Revolution – Coworking

Reposted from The Atlantic Cities, by Anthony Flint

Telecommuting was supposed to change everything.

Powerful computers, video-conferencing and services like Skype would allow employees to work from home, and home could be anywhere. Traffic congestion would be reduced, and the traditional workplace model – and thus the office real estate market, in both urban and suburban locations — would be transformed. A wired world was poised to change the way we think about cities.

The trend has indeed played out in an incremental way. The US Census Bureau reported that the number of Americans working from home soared 41 percent in the last decade, to 13.4 million. That’s 9.5 percent of all workers working from home at least one day per week as of 2010, up from 7 percent in 1999.

Workers have for many years arranged to do business at “third … Read More »

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