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£541
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, May 30 2016 6:32 AM UTC +00:00
£541
pledged of £30,000pledged of £30,000 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, May 30 2016 6:32 AM UTC +00:00

About

The story so far…

We believe that people are the heart of a terrific working environment. That’s why, since 2014, we’ve been busy building and strengthening our core (we know our Pilates!). We’ve achieved this by hosting multiple coworking days in different venues centred around Belfast, linking up with other like-minded coworking groups throughout Ireland, and conducting a large-scale, online survey. You can find us at wabisabi.work.

Now that we’ve found each other, our next exciting venture is to create a coworking space that’s right for all of us… and whoever wants to join the journey of our community! 

#WabiSabiNI

Who are we?

We are Dawn and Allen Baird, the Founders and Community Curators of WabiSabi, a community of entrepreneurial types based in Northern Ireland. We’ve been in business for ten years with our own communication consultancy, Sensei (www.sensei.ie)

Dawn Baird MSc(Ed) is a workplace Training Developer, Trainer and Trainer of Trainers. She also works with other clients on Copywriting and Technical Writing projects.

Allen Baird PhD is a published author and experienced Training Developer, Trainer and Public Speaker with a range of clients, projects and contracts in Education (from primary schools to universities).

Not satisfied with the networking opportunities on offer in Belfast at the time, they experimented with various business networks starting five years ago, some incredibly successful, some not. This experience coincided with the discovery of the worldwide coworking phenomenon.

Our campaign seeks to create a comfortable, collaborative coworking space that will support the mental health and business aspirations of all our members.

Working in Pyjamas Sucks!

As small business owners, we’ve personally experienced the many different types of work environment: stifling hired offices, isolating home offices, partial-solution virtual offices, and – of course – camping out in coffee shops or meeting clients in hotel lobbies, which can prove expensive. Maybe you have too?

Discovering the coworking movement was quite literally a shout-out-loud aha moment for us! We’ve initiated the development of a creative, successful group of entrepreneurial types in Belfast and now we need want to bring a professional space to the mix, somewhere to work, meet and bring clients.

Coworking occurs when independent professionals from many disciplines, companies and backgrounds form a community and work alongside one another in one space.

Our coworking space will include private offices, desks, meeting rooms, and a training area. Our vision is to actively facilitate an atmosphere in which hospitality, entrepreneurship, opportunities, camaraderie, connections, energy, learning, serendipity, events, creativity, and downright laughter, can thrive.

What’s With the Weird Name?

Allen loves all things samurai. That’s why our other business (started in 2006) is called Sensei, a Japanese term for teacher.

WabiSabi is the Japanese phrase for finding perfection in what is passing, simple and intimate.

Our WabiSabi formula for coworking is:

[professional + personal + productive + playful] x proactive = perfect imperfection

We see this as the opposite of the finished, fake, distant perfection that often seems to characterise corporate office space. They might make great magazine photoshoots, but feel miserable to work in.

But out 'perfect imperfection' model is not chaos either; work requires its own order, and it’s our job to cultivate the right kind.

The Pursuit of Happyness

It is also vital for us that our new workspace actively enables mental and physical health to flourish.

We’ve both worked with large, local mental health charities, speaking around schools in Northern Ireland. Allen has lectured at Queen's University on Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence and Happiness, while Dawn has worked with business people and carers, particularly on Stress, Workplace Bullying and Resilience. Allen is also a depression survivor.

The design, layout, furnishings, décor, events and even the air in our coworking space will all sychronise to promote the wellbeing of members and users. Some of these tweaks may be subtle, but their combined effect will produce a noticeable difference.

Choice

An experience of real choice is also essential for a healthy workspace. That’s why WabiSabi will encourage people from a diversity of sectors, nationalities, business types and age ranges as members. We will also provide different working environments within the space with varying themes, noise levels and furniture types to suit individuals, moods and tasks.

This is one of the most requested features: can I find somewhere to work quietly? Introverts and extroverts are both welcome!

Why Crowdfunding? Why Kickstarter?

We believe that there’s little point in building a coworking community and space… only for us to go it alone and do it all ourselves. Collaboration is the beginning, middle and end of coworking – from the first day to the end goal. Crowdfunding is the best way to ensure group buy-in as part of the funding process. No cooperation, no WabiSabi.

And what we love about Kickstarter is that it’s for creative projects. That’s what WabiSabi is for us and our community. It’s not about shoving a random group of strangers together into any old building and hoping for the magic of coworking to sort it out.

Just as the WabiSabi community is curated, so our space needs designed.

“Very pretty…but what’s in it for me?”

We’re glad you asked! If our story and our vision have grabbed you, we would love it if you would grab this chance to act with us to make it happen.

Experience the lightbulb moments by joining us for a day, by mentioning our campaign on social media, by telling that friend who’s had enough days fighting the cat for the laptop, or by making a pledge.

Gratitude is healthy, so each and every pledge will receive a public Thank-You through a tweet and your name on our WabiSabi website backers' page. You can also receive an Invite to join us for a day and to our big launch. But you’ll also receive something more tangible.

Our core rewards give you the chance to get in early and receive a substantial markdown on coworking packages, depending on what you want. They are limited due to space constraints. So we’ve also added some coaching and training, on topics of your choice.

Finally, we’ll add more fun rewards for you to discover and experience throughout the campaign. Thank-you for making it to the end of our pitch! Thank-you for supporting us and thank-you for pledging. See you at WabiSabi for tea and a bun! ☺ 

Further Information

Complete the Giant Coworking Survey

Visit Our Website

Find out Who is Already in our Community

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

#WabiSabiNI

Risks and challenges

Our next goal is to secure a building that matches our specific requirements: centrally located, accessible, and capable of being transformed into our unique vision of a coworking space with multiple work areas to facilitate our WabiSabi community. We've narrowed this down to a handful of possibilities.

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