Coworking Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Note: Experience Rethink no longer operates a coworking space. We recommend janespaceatl.com which is in the same Grant Park building we were in at the time. With tall ceilings and tons of natural light, The Jane Space’s open and industrial event venue and two loft workrooms and outdoor balconies are perfect for your team’s next offsite ideation session, workshop, meeting, hackathon or party.  
What is the difference between a coworking space and any other office share?
In short, a combination of community and core values. Experience Rethink isn’t about the desks, but about what the desks enable when a certain set of values are aligned. Read more about coworking on wikipedia.

We share core values of other coworking spaces like Citizen Space in San Francisco and continue to evolve them:

Collaboration: One of the great benefits of working in a coworking space is that you will meet all sorts of people with all sorts of knowledge.
Openness: We believe in transparency and openness. In a world where people are free, but ideas are not, only a few benefit. When ideas are free, everyone benefits. Therefore, we encourage open spaces and discussions. We are a Community of Trust.
Community: We thrive on connections and mutual support here. It is important that everyone give into as well as benefit from the strong (international) community coworking has become.
Accessibility: In order to be fully open, we must make the effort to be accessible to all. Diversity is core to our community’s success. This means that we endeavor to create both a financially and a physically accessible space. We are committed to this principle and welcome feedback on how we can make it even more accessible.
Sustainability: Sustainability is a two-fold mission for us: not only is the sharing of resources generally a green practice for individuals and business, but our overall business principals are based on sustainable relationships and exchanges. Every decision is measured by its ability to be sustained by the community in the long term.

How long has Experience Rethink been around?

We were founded in the Fall of 2010. Some of our team works remote, but we felt it was important to have one place to come together. There were no coworking spaces in the immediate area, so we decided get a bit of extra space and see if others could benefit by joining us.

What kind of people are members of your coworking?
Our membership just launched in mid February of 2012, but we expect the community will be comprised of designers, developers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, small business owners, telecommuters, marketers, videographers, game developers, and more. If you can work from anywhere and aren’t on the phone all day long, you can work with us.

I talk on the phone a lot. Is that going to be a problem?
Our community and space operate on mutual respect between our members. While taking a brief call at your desk is perfectly acceptable, if you think your extended phone time is bothering others, its up to you to take the call elsewhere in the space, like the conference room, the lounge or our patio. If you spend ALL day on the phone, we’re probably not a good fit for you.

Do you provide computers or monitors?
No, you must bring your own computer. We provide a desk, chair, internet, and power for your workstation. Members can arrange locked storage with us for large external monitors if they do not have a full time desk. We can tether full time member’s monitors to their desk if requested. If you’re interested in a large monitor, ask us. We might be able to help coordinate a monitor sharing arrangement.

Do you require members to sign NDAs? How do you deal with intellectual property?
We want to build a community of trust, but we also want to protect ourselves and our members. We do ask that you sign a basic two-way NDA. We find that the more open you are, the more you can get out of communities. Ideas don’t get stolen, they get gardened and grown.

Do you require people to work cowork for a day before becoming a member?
We encourage it and always meet potential members first. We’re a community and trust is a huge part of that. We want to meet you face to face before signing any paperwork to get the trust-building process off on the right foot. There’s no formal screening, just set up a time and come in and be yourself!

I’m a member of another coworking space. Do I get any benefits from Experience Rethink if I come visit?
We participate in the Coworking Visa, a loose program that allows paying members of any other participating space to reserve a desk in our space for up to 3 days for free before switching to our day rate. However, our space is limited, you must confirm availability at least a week beforehand. All standard drop-in procedures apply.

I’m a company looking for a freelancer. Can you help?
Sorta. We are not a recruitment office. This is a place where people come to do work, not get work. That is an important aspect to our office’s culture. We will also host a members page in the future for lite and full members.

If you’re interested in meeting any of the talent who works in the space, you are welcome to participate as we schedule public events and spend time with members. We ask that you participate, though, not show up to pitch work or opportunities.

We’d never stand between a member and a good opportunity, but we also don’t want people to feel uncomfortable in their work environment. We do not take recruiter or solicitation phone calls or respond to emails of this nature as a general rule.

Still have a question? Post it below and we’ll try to answer it or you can email us at info [at] experiencerethink.com