The Coworking Weekly Show

The Coworking Weekly Show
This is a podcast for people who build coworking communities.

EP57 - Pro-tips for “virtual” coworking memberships, from a member who has mastered it
Jun 19, 2017 • 11 min
Think you need to go to a coworking space to be genuine member of the community? Think again! Give this quick but powerful episode a listen, featuring Lydia Martin’s crowd-favorite talk about “remote coworking” from last year’s People at Work Summit.…
EP56 - Countdown to the People at Work Summit
Jun 14, 2017 • 25 min
We’re counting the days to our big ONLINE coworking conference, The People at Work Summit. Find out who’s speaking, and what an online conference really “looks” like. Save the dates of July 12-13-14 and grab your tickets at, and…
EP55 - You really should have been at CUAsia 2017
Mar 6, 2017 • 78 min
“Everything was really, really, really good.” There’s something in the air at CUAsia, and it’s making coworking founders and operators extremely good at their work. In this episode, Alex and Adam recap their recent trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand for CUAsia…
EP54 - A better security system for your coworking space
Feb 27, 2017 • 26 min
At Indy Hall, we don’t offer lockers, we leave our door wide open, and we tend to leave our computers on our desks while we’re away for lunch. And yet, we all feel safe and sound. How is that possible? In this episode, Adam and Alex visit a pivotal past…
EP53 - “Coworking will never work here”
Feb 6, 2017 • 42 min
If you have ever heard or spoken the words “coworking won’t work in this town”, this episode is for you. Alex is joined by Sean Fedorko, founder of Radius Cowork, and the two community leaders debunk the popular myth that coworking can’t succeed in a…
EP52 - How we use Slack to build community online
Jan 30, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode, Sam and Alex talk tools - specifically, one tool we use at Indy Hall to create a sense community continuity, opportunities for connection even when you’re not physically here. Find out which communication software we use to create a…
Jan 26, 2017 • 8 min
Stop making excuses. Go do stuff together.
EP51 - Slow the f*ck down!
Jan 16, 2017 • 42 min
In this episode, Alex and Adam discuss an “impulsive” tattoo that symbolizes anything but hastiness. You’ve probably heard us talk about our JFDI philosophy, now we’ll share an important compliment to that mantra. Plus, we recall a leadership lesson from…
EP50 - Community engagement strategies, straight from the streets of South Philly
Jan 9, 2017 • 48 min
It’s been almost three years and more than 50 episodes, and we’re finally introducing Indy Hall’s co-founder, Geoff DiMasi, to the show. Alex and Geoff’s conversation couldn’t be more timely for the New Year as they discuss setting achievable goals and…
Keynote from “Queen City Merge” conference (full recording, unedited)
Jan 2, 2017 • 49 min
I decided to do something different at the closing keynote from this 2012 conference for the creative community in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m planning to start adding some of these talk recordings from my archives. Let me know what you think!
EP49 - Ask 👏 the 👏 members!
Dec 30, 2016 • 34 min
Our final episode in the year 2016! Alex and Adam explore a brand new segment called “Catchphrase” in which they share a common mantra spoken by staff and members of Indy Hall. In this episode, the catchphrase is: ask the f*cking members.
EP48 - Survivor’s Guide to Coworking Europe Brussels, Part 2
Dec 19, 2016 • 33 min
Part 2 of our Coworking Europe Brussels episode, originally broadcast December 16, 2016. In this episode, we’re taking a critical look at this year’s Coworking Europe conference in Brussels. We look for a balance between the joy of seeing old friends and…
EP47 - Survivor’s Guide to Coworking Europe Brussels, Part 1
Dec 16, 2016 • 73 min
In this episode, we’re taking a critical look at this year’s Coworking Europe conference in Brussels. We look for a balance between the joy of seeing old friends and making new ones while examining an industry event that deserves to be stronger.
EP46 - How to build a network
Nov 29, 2016 • 73 min
In this episode we gain inspiration from a blog post written by Alice Dundon , a barista from Berlin, entitled “Behind the Bar: 5 Ways to Build a Meaningful Network in a Coworking Space.”
EP45 - How to adapt culture & space
Nov 15, 2016 • 48 min
When you think about a “classroom”, what kind of room do you imagine? In this episode, Raechel French gives her insight into the collaborative process she uses to designing innovative schools. You’ll be amazed what you can learn from her process to apply…
EP44 - What happens when people leave
Nov 3, 2016 • 10 min
Trying something new this week! Tune in for this quick riff on the fact that members come…and members go.
EP43 - Coworking and childcare
Oct 25, 2016 • 11 min
This week we tackle the idea of combining a freelance coworking space with a childcare service. Among many other valuable steps, you’ll learn how the first step in building this idea is separating and honing it into a more focused one.
EP42 - An intern’s point of view
Oct 18, 2016 • 34 min
This week Alex sits down with Mike Mehalick, the engineer behind this very show, to discuss an inside perspective on working within the Indy Hall community and what it means to develop professionally as a college intern.
EP41 - About the future
Oct 11, 2016 • 29 min
This week we’re looking into the future, YOUR future. Pick up a pen and paper or a notepad app and listen along to this productive workshop that will help you develop your personal, professional and community building goals.
EP 40 - There’s no such thing as a collaborative space
Oct 4, 2016 • 17 min
I’ve never had a great example for just how little a special, fancy designed office matters. Until now.
EP39 - Burnout, An Intervention
Sep 27, 2016 • 39 min
We work hard. We work smart. But sometimes, we overwork ourselves. Listen to this tale of my recent run-in with burnout, some of the worst I’ve ever had. Learn how to spot burnout in yourself and others, and how you can work together to recover from…
EP38 - Quitting Your Day Job in the Name of Coworking
Sep 13, 2016 • 10 min
Thinking about quitting your day job to start a Coworking space? You might want to listen to this episode first…
EP 37 - How governments should (and shouldn’t) get involved in coworking
Sep 6, 2016 • 13 min
In this episode we look at the reality of what coworking spaces offer a city and how it’s value can and should be shared with those investing in them.
EP 36 - Coworking As An Alternative to College
Aug 30, 2016 • 15 min
Could coworking be an alternative to going to college? With an open mind and driven attitude we’ll discuss how coworking very well might be a better option for those who want a more hands on approach to working on what they’re passionate about.
EP 35 - The “Ultimate” Coworking Playlist
Aug 24, 2016 • 8 min
In this quick and easy Q/A session we talk about the importance of the coworking ambience, more specifically, the tunes, and how garnering a positive work atmosphere encourages that quintessential collaborative rhythm.
EP 34 - “In work, too often, we forget that we are people.”
Aug 2, 2016 • 59 min
How trust is earned in the workplace, why it’s most often missing, and what we can learn from coworking spaces to make better coworking spaces and more productive, innovative, powerful organizations. “Organizations have many examples of when people need…
EP33 - The first totally “virtual” coworking conference (a recap)
Jul 26, 2016 • 51 min
Back in April we hosted our first ever People at Work Summit, an experiment in hosting a conference on the internet instead of a physical venue. Cohosts Adam Teterus and Sam Abrams reflect on the event - from their favorite talks to the way we invented a…
EP32 - “How do you reduce membership turnover?”
Jul 21, 2016 • 14 min
Why do people leave coworking spaces? Maybe the better question is why are they there?
EP31 - Moving plans: Sanity check. (Bonus Episode, Part 2)
Jul 19, 2016 • 30 min
Welcome back for part 2 of our “moving plans” episode. Last time, we focused on how we prioritize and organize everything that needs to happen. If you’re new to the show this episode, you might want to listen to EP30 before diving into this one. Then…
EP30 - Moving plans: Keeping priorities in check (Bonus Episode, Part 1)
Jul 14, 2016 • 38 min
In less than 30 days, Indy Hall is moving into a new home. Which means right now, there’s a LOT to do. Everything about this project is a game of choices and priorities. Evaluating pros and cons. Maybe this sounds familiar? For us, it’s also a test of the…
EP29 - Can you build a community with private offices?
Jul 12, 2016 • 9 min
This week we consider the potential hybridization of private offices and coworking spaces and whether or not it can actually benefit your community.
EP28 - My 3 priorities for finding a new space
Jul 5, 2016 • 17 min
Fresh with experience and excitment for our next Indy Hall move, we’ll address the essential three considerations we’ve had to take before making the move.
EP27 - How to succeed with sponsors
Jun 28, 2016 • 9 min
We’re answering that question on how to approach and negotiate with sponsors and do it in a way that demonstrates value for you, them and of course, the community as a whole!
EP26 - “How do you balance socialization & productivity?”
Jun 21, 2016 • 7 min
Tons of tips for how to think about socialization that creates value, and that you don’t have to feel like you’re forcing people into. Quick episode today, but it’s a good one!
EP25 - How to deal with tough feelings about money, taking care of yourself, and why “accountability buddies” is BS
Apr 22, 2016 • 50 min
Vanessa Gennarelli is back with a new edition of “The Stack” - a segment where we pick three seemingly random topics and weave them together with examples and lessons in community building. This one is one of my favorites that we’ve done yet. Enjoy!
EP 24 - “We almost sold out on our principles before we even started”
Mar 23, 2016 • 47 min
Ever wonder what it looks like when a coworking space is just getting started? What are the first steps? How do you get your community involved in the process?
EP 23 - “Free Range Interns” and other counterintuitive lessons for successful team coworking
Mar 16, 2016 • 36 min
There’s a lot of folklore about successful creative and business partnerships that form in coworking spaces. But very few people talk about how HARD it can be to succeed as a team in a coworking space. It’s not all fairy tale endings… So what exactly…
EP 22 - Building a Comedy Community with Greg Maughan
Mar 11, 2016 • 34 min
Does it feel like something is missing from your city? Maybe a tech or creative community. Maybe an entrepreneurial community. Before he founded Philly Improv Theater, Greg Maughan felt that Philly lacked a comedy community. So he set out to create one.…
EP 21 - Curtis and Kotaro on Building a Big Event Where the Little Things Matter
Mar 5, 2016 • 42 min
Events seem to be the lifeblood of many coworking communities, and community building in general. But have you ever noticed that while some events are amazing at galvanizing a community, others seem to fall flat no matter how much effort you put in? This…
EP20 - Ten Questions about the Future of Work
Feb 25, 2016 • 19 min
Live from the Philadelphia International Airport, just moments before I got on a plane to fly 24 hours to the other side of the world, I answered ten questions about the future of work. What does the term ‘coworking’ mean to you specifically? How would…
EP19 - Furniture, Diversity, and Growing a Meet up
Feb 17, 2016 • 18 min
We’re trying something new for episode 19! I jumped on the microphone to answer 3 questions from listeners and readers like you! I had a TON of fun doing this and if you like it I really want to do more of them.
EP18 - Exercising the Community Muscle - “It starts with a smile and an introduction”
Feb 10, 2016 • 23 min
This coworking space member learned to build professional relationships by investing small bits of his time and attention into the people around him. And he’s the first to admit that it didn’t come automatically and easily…he had to learn how to do it.
EP17 - Sex & Work, Unlikely Lovers (see what I did there?)
Feb 3, 2016 • 28 min
Bet you never expected to see a serious conversation about sex on a coworking podcast.
EP16 - How to Win at a Coworking Conference In 2016
Jan 27, 2016 • 69 min
How can you make sure that you get your moneys worth at the coworking conferences that are happening throughout 2016? Get the skinny on how to get the most out of conference and unconference formats from Sam Abrams, a core team member with me here at Indy…
EP15 - My secret sauce for leading during a coworking crisis: “Systematizing Authenticity”
Jan 20, 2016 • 42 min
Part 2 of 2! This episode picks up where we left off in episode 14, as we dive into the details of how we systematically collected our community’s thoughts through a series of Town Hall meetings, and then pivoted into action mode in a way that’s actually…
EP14 - Stayin’ alive, behind the scenes of a coworking space crisis. Part 1.
Sep 2, 2015 • 39 min
Last week, I turned 32. And then this week, Indy Hall turned 9 years old. Nine. NINE. In coworking years, that’s basically forever. In the past 3 months our membership has grown by a double digit % – unprecedented growth during our usually slow summer…
EP13 - Steve King: “It’s hard to imagine an industry that won’t be touched by coworking at some point”
May 13, 2015 • 53 min
What can we do consistently to build better places to work for those industries? The “trends” you’ve heard can be deceiving…so Steve and I talk through the details and how to navigate some of the more confusing aspects of the trends in what people like…
EP12 - “It feels complicated.” How Adam Teterus deals with the painful parts of managing a coworking space
May 1, 2015 • 48 min
I missed you, did you miss me?
EP11 - How do people thrive at work and…what exactly IS a sense of community, anyway?
Feb 11, 2015 • 55 min
So we’ve all heard about the “sense of community” that people refer to about the best coworking spaces. But…what exactly IS a sense of community? What are the elements? How do you know if it’s there? Is it even something you can create, and if so, how? I…
EP10 - What NOT to do while building your community, and more on how to keep your team from burning out. (Live Q&A)
Feb 5, 2015 • 42 min
This past Friday I went to the first Coworking Asia Unconference in Ubud, Bali. Okay, so I didn’t quite go to Bali for the weekend…but I did join for a Q&A session at the top of the second day thanks to the magic of the internet + Google Hangouts. Photo…
EP9 - I needed help.
Feb 2, 2015 • 16 min
In this episode, I tackle one of the BIGGEST challenges that everyone encounters when growing your team. UPDATE: There’s a chance that the version of audio that you downloaded had a glitch in it, and an important chunk of audio went missing near the end…
EP8 - The (Literal) Art of the Workplace
Jan 26, 2015 • 61 min
I’m going to keep today’s show notes brief, and instead link to a selection of videos that you can watch to get a better sense of the kinds of experiences that today’s guest Sean Martorana and I are talking about. Enjoy the episode, and these glimpses…
EP7 - Fractals, Adulthood, Trust (and Tentacles): The Stack is Back w/Vanessa Gennarelli!
Jan 18, 2015 • 59 min
Hey, welcome to 2015! If you’re joining us for the first time, this is a show where you get to be a fly on the wall for a very candid conversation between people with lots of different community building expertise - ranging from community management in a…
EP6 - Live from the Coworking Europe Conference, Part Dos
Dec 3, 2014 • 53 min
Adventure into Session #6 of The Coworking Weekly Show, which is the second part of a conversation between Adam Teterus and I, recapping our experience at the annual Coworking Europe Conference, which this year was held in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. I…
EP5 - Live from the Coworking Europe Conference, Part Uno
Dec 1, 2014 • 14 min
Bon día, Coworking Weekly listeners! This session was the first of a multi-part conversation that we recorded live at the Coworking Europe conference which we attended in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal last week. This isn’t just a recap of the talks,…
EP4 - Teamwork (makes the Dream Work) & how great teams works together
Nov 19, 2014 • 44 min
Sadly, running a collaborative space doesn’t automagically make you a great collaborator. Being a great collaborator with your OWN team can be really hard work. But the payoff can be huge, for you and for your community. On this week’s episode of The…
EP3 - “On the Stack” with Alex Hillman & Vanessa Gennarelli
Nov 13, 2014 • 65 min
Session 3 is here! I invited my friend Vanessa Gennarelli to join me for a new recurring segment that we’re calling “The Stack”. Vanessa is a community builder of a special sort: she works specifically on learning communities, and is trained as a…
EP2 - Sooooooo….how do you get members for your coworking community? #AskCoworkingWeekly
Nov 11, 2014 • 10 min
In just 10 minutes, I’ll answer the NUMBER ONE question that I’ve gotten over and over and over…. This super-fast session is an experiment in mini-episodes, or “inbetweenisodes”, where I focus on a single question that I’ve gotten from a Coworking Weekly…
EP1 - Who runs a coworking space? What the heck do they do?
Nov 7, 2014 • 35 min
The inaugural episode, my friends! Today I’m joined by my right hand man and Indy Hall’s “Point Man”, Adam Teterus. What does Adam do, how does he do it, and what has he learned in 3 years of running Indy Hall? Find out in our conversation!