Facilities facilitated

Let’s talk trash…

Since taking ownership over the coworking community, one of our first projects was shifting our refuse program to join a new city initiative called Clean Alleys Program with Recology, Waste Zero. To be honest, at first it was just a mandate from our property managers that drove our costs up 9x, but eventually it became a challenge to conserve resources and become missional about how and what we were disposing in our space.

In 2017, the only means of disposing anything was through garbage bins and one small recycling bin. With only 30-40 members at the time, we were still throwing away over 200 gallons of trash a week! Two weeks into ownership we initiated a stronger refuse program including compost and recycling while reducing the access/need to utilize garbage bins. By creating our 3-combo disposal stations to six areas, removing trash cans from every office, and cutting our paper towel usage, we have drastically cut our trash budget by 70%. This meant stronger focus on amenities and services for you! We also have implemented that all of our supplies and the supplies of our preferred catering partners be recyclable, reusable or compostable.

Two years have passed and the data is great to see that on average per week, we are composting 96 gallons or less, recycling 120 gallons or less, and throwing away 94 gallons or less with memberships of over 200 people! Starting today, we are also partnering with OpenWorks, a facilities management company, to provide cleaning and maintenance services to us 6 days/week! With a regular support team and green solutions, we are working to create a consistently clean and pleasing workplace!

You can say this blog post is a bit late on explaining the reasonings behind some of our decisions, but hopefully they aren’t all garbage (needed a pun there). Thank you for your patience and I hope you continue to partner with us to be more aware and intentional about what and how we dispose of things.

with regards,

David Letaw

Check out these links for more information about our partners and initiatives.

https://www.recology.com

https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/businesses-and-key-accounts/solid-waste/garbage/commercial/clear-alleys-program

https://openworksweb.com.

Interview with Artist, Ciara Sana

Interview with Artist, Ciara Sana

For the last month, we have been so grateful to feature Guam-raised, Bellingham artist, Ciara Sana, in our gallery space. Inspired by the powerful women in her life, and using a collection of mediums, Ciara’s work is fun, beautiful, and relatable. Read Community Manager, Veronica Foster’s interview with Ciara below, and find Ciara on Instagram @artbyciara.

Change your relationship with goal setting

At the beginning of January, we typically feel compelled to make changes for ourselves. The cyclical nature of life reminds us that there are always opportunities for second chances. A year is a good amount of time to know what is working and what needs to change. The first month of the new year is special. Goals are meant to be broken by February 1, right? Start now! Now that you have reached February, you don’t have pressure to “start the new year right” or compete with the rest of the January goal-setters. It almost feels like a relief to start something for yourself and yourself only.

Here at Makers, we started three coworking challenges that members could participate in and reap high monetary incentives. For instance, we challenged our members to arrive every day before 9:30 am. We also challenged them to attend yoga every week for a new year wellness boost. By participating, they would receive at least a whole free month of membership. External awards usually aren’t enough to maintain good habits after a goal’s deadline has been reached.

For entrepreneurs, and freelancers, money is usually the driving force for business goals, but this doesn’t create a good relationship to goal setting. Many business owners have high aspirations, but it is important to relate those aspirations back to the business values you have set in place. If we are a coworking space and our value is “community”, having a goal to acquire X# of members in a certain amount of time is not enough to cultivate community. As much as owners and investors would like to believe that coworking has a “build it and they will come” framework, that isn’t the case. We need to stay true to what the member community needs.

Community isn't created in a vacuum.

Community isn't created in a vacuum.

When looking for “community”, where do you even start?

As I begin to type this post, there are so many things we could discuss and many different types of community. Humans are simply looking to relate to one another in order to tackle loneliness and to find fulfillment in their relationships. That sounds overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.