Community and Collaboration on the Rise
We were featured in Minnesota Business! Check out the profile on Scout Workshop below.
Coworking spaces are, strictly by definition, membership-based workspaces where freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals work together in a shared setting. But for those who utilize these spaces, they are so much more. For individuals who work remotely, coworking offers a feeling of community and collaboration — something a person is less likely to get in a coffee shop (or, let’s be honest, their couch).
“I like having flexibility and variety. Coworking spaces are great for a remote worker because working from home can be isolating,” says Christina Marfice, freelance writer and editor. “They also provide focus and amazing networking opportunities. Many host professional development and social events where you can meet other members. I’ve met valuable professional contacts there.”
The number of coworking spaces means there are myriad options for different personalities, each allowing for as much (or as little) interaction and collaboration as one desires. And with a record 50.9% of the U.S. population predicted to freelance by 2027, the interest in these types of spaces will likely continue.
We took a look at some of the most popular coworking spaces in urban and suburban Minnesota and what sets them apart from their competition.
Scout Workshop's owners— Heather Rose-Dunning and Kim Batcheller — also work together at their architecture and design firm, Yellow Dog Studio. They wanted to find a way to remain a small, agile design firm while connecting to a broader community of other creative folks forging their own paths. When they couldn’t find a place to do this, they decided to create it.
Workplace vibe: “Scout Workshop is a coworking community where design thinkers and other creative-minded folks can explore new ideas, do great work, be inspired and connected, and tap into physical and intellectual resources,” says Heather Rose-Dunning, co-founder of Scout Workshop. “We’re all creatives of some sort or another who don’t fit nicely into boxes. We’re explorers and misfits, and all share the belief that we can do better by helping one another, by engaging and by ‘bringing it’ every day. And we have just one rule: no assholes. Seriously.”
The venue includes flex spaces, shared worktables, private alcoves, and dedicated and premium dedicated desks. Meeting rooms accommodate up to 12 people and include audio and video conferencing capabilities, writable and magnetic wall surfaces, and access to copy and print facilities. Less traditional spaces include the Single (a private space that can be reserved), the Garden (an event space that can accommodate 30 for a class, workshop or social gathering) and the Library.
Membership options: Members can choose from on-demand, five-day, 10-day and full-time plans.
Amenities: WiFi, convenience printing, a custom app, an indoor garden, shower facilities, mail slots and a CSA drop-site. A la carte amenities include lockers, dedicated indoor bike storage, pet memberships, package handling, dedicated layout and pin-up spaces, and large format color and black-and-white printing.
In the neighborhood: Scout Workshop is located in LynLake. “It is artsy and gritty, mature and modern. It is adjacent to both the Greenway and Bryant Avenue bike boulevard, is easily accessed from downtown and the suburbs [and] is along a major public transportation route. We have a slew of interesting cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as loads of independent retail stores, and a variety of health and fitness spaces. You name it; it’s here,” says Rose-Dunning.