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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 »

Unsolicited Architecture & Unsanctioned Tactical Urbanism Hang-Out #5

Posted on October 9th, by robertorr in Events, New Haven, Policy, Transportation, Urbanism. No Comments

Join us at the next:

Unsolicited Architecture & Unsanctioned Tactical Urbanism Hang-Out #5
The Bourse, 839 Chapel Street, New Haven
Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00-8:30PM (PBRs!)

At this meeting, we’ll be discussing our newest project idea and making plans to unroll it in the coming weeks.

Join us to get involved in a project that will explore and improve legibility and usability of our local transit system.


 “A good city is like a good party. You know it’s working when people stay for much longer than necessary.” – Jan Gehl

From the Inside Out New Haven project, to the Olive Dog Park, to the New Haven Coliseum re-do, to the Farmington Canal Low Line to concepts posted on SeeClickFix, New Haven has a long history of people who spearhead informal, sometimes unsanctioned, DIY projects and plans to improve the city. 

If you:

Are familiar with the terms “unsolicited architecture” … Read More »

“Providence Effect” Bypasses New Haven

Posted on April 5th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, New Haven, Policy, Prosperity, Shaping Moments, Urbanism. No Comments

“Providence Effect” Can Most Definitely Benefit Coworking

by Robert Orr, Contributor @ The Bourse – New Haven’s Coworking Loft

The small scale incrementalism of the “Providence Effect” can most definitely benefit Coworking. The synergy of individuals getting stuff done in shared workspace, AKA coworking, is the happy bedfellow of the synergy of bustling small scale incremental urbanism. Bustle is the small scale stuff where Taleb’s messy antifragile world of disordered relationships flourish. Most definitely, it’s not the silver bullet “project” stuff born out of the cash and fossil energy flush 1980s that still captivates so many planners and economic development officials grasping today at lost causes.

So then what’s hot in bustling American urbanism today? Do a search and you’ll find hot cities pop up: Austin, Portland, Charlotte, Denver, Atlanta, Oklahoma City… Why is there never anything in New England?

…but not so fast cowboy. There’s something called the … Read More »

Do Cities Really Want Economic Development

Posted on March 10th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Efficiency, New Haven, Policy, Prosperity, Urbanism. No Comments

Economic Development – What are They Thinking?

by Robert Orr, Contributor @ The Bourse – New Haven’s Coworking Loft

Economic Development seems a total mystery when it comes to American cities. For those who bring enthusiasm and energy, fresh ideas, and hard cash to sorely “wanting” urban blight, but end up bashing their heads against inscrutable, intransigent and impregnable municipal policies that leave no choice but to walk away licking one’s wounds and scratching one’s head, Aaron Renn offers a poignant diagnosis in his blog Urbanophile. Renn answers the question:

Do Cities Really Want Economic Development?

by Aaron Renn

Ask any civic leader the number one thing they want for their town and “jobs,” economic development, is what they will likely tell you. Yet when you look at the incredibly poor economic development track record across America, despite various untold billions of public dollars pumped into projects ostensibly … Read More »

Back From Ashes

Posted on February 28th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Diversity, New Haven, Policy, Urbanism. No Comments

by Robert Orr, Contributor @ The Bourse – New Haven’s Coworking Loft

In these blogs, we have often drawn comparisons between coworking and the cities within which coworking is located. Here is another post inspired by the decline and regeneration of Rome, back from ashes. Rome’s experience as a city in decline for centuries, then sudden regeneration can offer lessons to modern American cities still struggling in decline on how they too can come back from ashes.

Back from Ashes – “Coworking” Glimmer in the Decline of Rome

One can draw parallels between the decline of American cities, such as New Haven (the largest city in Connecticut until 1935), brought on by the insidious cancer of automobiles in the 20th century to the decline of European cities, such as Rome, brought on by the insidious cancer of the Black Death in the 14th century. … 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 »

How Do You Measure the COST of Sprawl? New Hampshire Shows How.

Posted on November 24th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Efficiency, Policy, Prosperity. No Comments

Online Tool Helps New Hampshire Municipalities Examine the Cost of Sprawl
 Reposted from EngagingCities, written by GENEVA FAULKNER

Urban planners can often find it difficult to assess the impact of sprawl in their municipalities. Calculating future infrastructure needs and the various fiscal impacts of different land use decisions can be challenging and time consuming. Enter New Hampshire’s new Cost of Sprawl tool ( The New Hampshire Cost of Sprawl (NHCOS) is an internet-based model to examine the impact of land uses and sprawl on municipalities in New Hampshire and allows planners to get a sense of the fiscal impact of certain land use patterns on municipalities. Created under the auspices of the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (NHOEP) and developed by RKG Associates, Placeways, and Urban Interactive Studio, this tool is geared toward town planners in New Hampshire.

Model creation involved two major and interrelated challenges. The first … Read More »

Dress for… Digress. What’s Dress Code for Coworking?

Posted on November 21st, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Fashion, New Haven, Policy. No Comments

A Day in the Coworking Life of Today’s Fashionably Flexible Women

Reposted from Workshifting, written by Roberto Romualdez

Today we have a guest post from Roberto Romualdez. Roberto is Head of Wear to Work designs at New York & Company, advocating for fashionable yet functional wear-to-work clothing. NY&CO is a leading specialty retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories that provides perfectly fitting work blouses, dresses and tailored suiting options.

Many women in today’s workforce work remotely. Some work for Fortune 500 corporations or startups; others are self-employed. Regardless of whom they work for or what they do, many of these professionals are privileged with the right to choose where they get the job done.

The workshifting lifestyle emphasizes results over the traditional time-stamping mindset, meaning virtual professionals can work from any location at any hour of the day – or night. They rely on the flexibility that technology provides.

So … 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 »

Satisfaction for Entrepreneurs

Posted on November 7th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, Efficiency, Policy, Prosperity. No Comments

Reposted from Startup Professionals Musings, by Marty Zwilling

5 Key Ingredients of Satisfaction for Entrepreneurs

Building a startup is hard work for low pay, it’s risky, and it requires total responsibility to make it work. Yet, many entrepreneurs are the happiest people I know. On the other hand, I know many unhappy individuals who are always partying, have minimal commitments, and little responsibility. I suspect the real parameters of happiness have eluded these people.

According to one of my favorite authors, Brian Tracy, in his book “The Power of Self-Discipline,” happiness is not even a goal that you can aim at and achieve in and of itself, but it is a by-product that comes to you when you are engaged in doing something you really enjoy while in the company of people you like and respect.

He defines the five key ingredients of happiness that … Read More »

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