free #RVAJelly coworking pass
'cause working alone sucks & it's way more fun when you're around.'
creativity + collaboration = coworking
Our @804RVA #RVAJelly details:
Who: Designers, developers, writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, artists, startups, small businesses, corporate executives, Capital One employees, and anyone else that needs to break out of their everyday routine to come work alongside other cool, creative people.
What: Bring your laptop, lunch money or brown bag lunch. (Coworking, coffee, creativity & tea are free, but lunch is on you) We make work fun. Bring your business idea or web prototype and we will beta test it and help you brainstorm.
When: 1st Wednesday of every month. Coworking is from 9:30am-5:00pm.
1657 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220
The history of "Jelly" days by Julianne Becker:
"When I was a kid with a new bag full of brightly colored jellybeans, each gushing with its own delectable flavor, I would taste each separately, and then proceed to dump a handful in mouth to see what intermingling of flavors would form in my mouth. So the metaphor can be transferred to the idea of a 'Jelly', whose conceptual origin comes from a friendly group of independent workers getting together in a living room in Brooklyn as an experiment in working alone together, and who lightheartedly called the gathering a jelly, after the bowl of jellybeans in the middle of the working table.
Like the coworking movement, Jellies also existed before they got branded with its current term. The first ‘Jelly’ meet up was in 2006, and they are now a worldwide phenomenon. This year the first European Jellyweek took place in almost 40 cities. Next year it will become a global event – Worldwide Jellyweek, which runs from 16-22 January 2012.
There are some obvious connections between coworking and jellies. Humans are social beings, and although they may find themselves working independently and happy to be away from the traditional office structures, with a boss and a cubicle, they may thrive more with some parts of those old structures, the water-cooler factor, the lunches together, morning coffees.
Both coworking and jellies fulfill these needs by providing the space for people to work on their own projects, with the opportunity to share what they are doing, bounce ideas off of others, get constructive criticism, problem solving, and maybe even collaboration.
In the end, jellies are just more informal coworking events and take place more irregularly, once or twice a month not every day. It can be a first step to get introduced to the style of coworking, a first step to establish a permanent coworking space, but it also can become a long term solution for people who look for a place to work together with others without being a member of a more permanent location, something which has gained particular popularity in smaller cities in the UK."