About a year ago, for a period of around 3-4 months, I was a paying member of New Work City. I have always been interested in the evolution of the workforce around new technologies, and so I was a spectator of this project for a long time. When my professional needs aligned with the NWC model, I thoguht, this makes sense for me, as more than an experiment.
Having known Tony via nextNY I suppose I had less of a need to be SOLD on the experience actively, but I will say that if anything, the community under-promises and over-delivers.
It's subtle, but Peter Chislett and Tony and great folks like Frederic Guarino and Mark Bursteiner were fun to be around, full of optmism, and showed how working from the Library or the Cornell Club (some of my favs at the time) were missing something. Those venues didn't offer stimulating conversation, beta invites to cool projects, or a sense that no matter how f#cked the economy seemed in those days, that we could make it better by our own bootstraps.
This blog is hosted on Squarespace largely as a result of meeting Dane Atkinson at New Work City one day. NWC will find you business partners, customers, friends, and drinking buddies. Some of them might like Iced coffee as much as you do (cheers Peter!)
My professional needs changed a bit at the end of the summer and I ended my membership, but I remain supportive of Tony and New Work City's way of discovering the best way to do things with smart and dedicated experimentation.
I pledged my support to NWC, and I'm letting you know I support NWC on Kickstarter not only because it sure looks like Tony is going to do some crazy stuff, but if you believe in something, helping is better than watching.