Posted in announcements, c4cc, london, tagged c4cc, Tuttle on April 16, 2010 |
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Tuttle runs from 10am to midday. It always has, that’s always been the deal – I had people today trying to tell me it used to be different. Nope, but I understand why that belief has come about.
In all of our previous venues, apart from our beloved #sexfactory, there was some form of catering, we had the space set aside for Tuttle and at 12 o’clock those who wanted to stick around and eat and drink could do so and at both the Coach & Horses and the ICA I just asked people to move to another part of the venue.
Now that we’re at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, we have a slightly different deal – it’s not a public space and there is no catering or serving staff. In addition I personally get overwhelmed by the number and variety of conversations I have at Tuttle. It was rare in the past for me to stick around – I always need some space after Tuttle and since there’s nobody employed here to keep the place open and look after people if I want to disappear I’ve had to chuck people out.
This is particularly difficult when people turn up just before 12 with the assumption that something will be continuing. At the ICA you could do that because the place was open and none of us *had* to stay to lock up and look after the space.
You don’t like this abrupt ending and neither do I.
So I’d like to suggest a different way – a smoother transition from “loads of people” to “everybody’s gone home”. We will have tables and a space set aside for people to have lunch that they bring with them if they want to. We will also make sure that someone from the Centre with a key will be around. At different times this may be me or Brian or one of the other keyholding project people like the Accidental Festival team. I will announce at 12 o’clock something like: “Tuttle proper is over for another week, but some people like to stick around for lunch so please help us clear away the coffees and tea stuff and set up for lunch”
This maintains a boundary around Tuttle but gives some flexibility for people who want to extend their tuttle time. It restores, I hope, the vibe around Tuttle that we used to have. I would then feel able to go away for a bit and get my head back on straight or do stuff I need to do.
Does this work better? What have I missed?
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I’d like to propose two (probably weekend) camps to be held at the Centre for Creative Collaboration sometime before the end of May. As always I’m canvassing general support before fixing a time – so let me know if you’d like to be involved firstly and secondly which weekend you’d like to do them on.
We talked about this a while ago, but I feel the need to have at least a day of discussion about what we’ve actually created here and what we do with it next. For me this comes down to “How do we continue to do cool stuff *and* generate enough revenue to pay basic bills” but I think it’s also about what is the whole thing for, how do we think it’s going, what sorts of things do we want to do now that we have access to the C4CC space for a while. I’m thinking this is just one day, but open to the possibility of actually camping overnight here and carrying on on Sunday morning too.
This idea came up when we were confronted with the stark white walls and floors of the Centre for Creative Collaboration. How do we make it more comfy? We also had a #tuttle before Christmas where a bunch of knitter/crochet/crafters turned up and did their thing in the corner. I think it would be lovely to spend a Saturday feathering our nest – bring fabrics and other materials and let’s make some stuff to allow the space to be used without us all getting stiff backs. Open again on whether one day or two days for this.
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Just to wrap up, as well as paying for coffee at last week’s Tuttle, the guys from Evernote have given us a group premium account. Thanks again!
The first stuff that’s up there is pictures that were taken on Friday but I’m interested to hear from you other ways that you can think of us using this lovely resource, whether it’s something you want me to do or something you’d like to get a group together to do – as always, the tuttle brain is open for new ideas :)
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Perhaps you haven’t heard it or perhaps you are one of the 214,000 listeners (so far) to Ben Walker’s Twitter Song on YouTube.
Either way, what you might not have realised is that it was written by Ben at the Coach and Horses during a Tuttle session. I noticed him sitting alone and scribbling one day and then a bit later, there it was! The comments on YouTube are class, do take a scroll through them.
Bonus Link: Now he’s selling t-shirts too
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As Mike says, the Friday morning tuttle collective aka Social Media Café continues to be a buzzy fixture with new and interesting industries, sectors and cliques represented in the room. It’s easy for me as “host” to get distracted and focus only on the new and occasional visitors, ie the things that keep changing, rather than the emerging, significant core of people who are there practically every week.
Mike and I met up with Bill Erickson and Alex (@emp – eek! I didn’t ever get your surname, Alex) last week for lunch. As well as their organisation of the BIL conference we chatted about Tuttle and the coworking experience at The Creative Space – do I believe their tales of $1 per sq.ft? And I am, no really I am, going to get down to the Werks one of these days. What’s becoming clear to me is that, having created something of a feeling of community with Tuttle, it feels right to tie it in to a concentrated effort to finally get coworking off the ground here in London even in the face of ridiculous property prices.
This is my current vision – that a group (and anyone who dares call us “The Tuttle Elite” will have very very painful things done to them) of us – those already working freelance – commit to renting (or otherwise acquiring) an office space for a period in which we will work together. The working atmosphere will be somewhere between serviced office, cafe and project war room. People who come along will be actively encouraged to collaborate with others rather than simply pursuing their own stuff. To the outside we might look a little like a consulting, resourcing and training company. It will work best if there continues to be a rich mix of people from different disciplines.
When it comes to actually making this commitment it all gets a bit chicken and egg – Me: “Can you commit to paying rent somewhere?” Tuttlers: “Well it depends on where and it depends on for how much.” Prospective Landlords: “So how many people are committed to this?”
So here’s something to throw into the mix.
Tom Ball is, right now, moving Cognac out of their 5th floor 450sq ft office on the Strand down to a larger 2nd floor space in the same building. Tom and I reckon it could house up to 8 people working at any one time (as long as it doesn’t get too hot this summer) There’s a separate little meeting room and a small kitchen. He’s looking for people to take it on, but obviously doesn’t want to hold onto the overhead for too long so this is a current and fleeting opportunity. It costs around £2000 per month – the details are here on their site.
So are there eight of us who could/would pay £250 pm each, like tomorrow? And put down a month’s deposit as well as the first month’s rent? or some other combination of people and cash? I recognise that there’s a difference between getting Yes-es to these questions and actually getting cash out of people but it’s worth asking anyway – even if this just turns out to be an Aunt Sally. Or is there a benefactor or patron who’d put up say, six month’s rent in order to enable it to happen – and probably get some benefit in terms of free consulting help – y’know access to that bright interdisciplinary cohort of super-brains?
I’m looking at doing more stuff, more interestingly all the time. So be prepared to listen to me waffle on about it for some time, until it happens.
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The lovely Matthew Yeomans popped down to the café on Friday and seemed to enjoy himself. So much so that he’s made a generous offer for Tuttle Club members of reduced price tickets to Social Media Influence in London on 4th June (the conference that in previous years has been Blogging4Business ) This year’s conference blog is here.
So if you’d like to go along for just £195+VAT (a significant reduction on the headline delegate rate) let me know and I’ll vouch for you and point you in the right direction.
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