What does Detroit have to teach other cities and creative folks founding start-ups? Quite a bit, as I found on the Toronto-Detroit-Minneapolis leg of the Agileseed tour. Basically, Motown was agile before Agile got capitalized.
Talent in the Hive: Part One
Coco in Minneapolis is a space for co-work and collaboration. It lives in the city’s Grain Exchange building. The sheer scale of the space dwarfs the notion of individuality and other human-size ideals. Entrepreneurial possibility is based on combined strength and collective relevance.
Workspaces are called “campsites.” But they read more as the geometric cells of a honeycomb. Literally, the place is humming.
Members include “lawyers, do-gooders, and everything in between” according to the chief organizer Jeke, who took me on a brief tour which mainly consisted of showing me where the elevators were for the Visitors Balcony. Busy guy!
A first come, first serve membership policy differs from the co-work spaces in Toronto and New Haven, where members apply and are considered based on their social contributions. However, all three co-workspaces seem to have in common a core premise that connects them to the Motown vibe: proximity enhances achievement.
Talent in the Hive: Part Two will delve into the Motown model and why it was agile.