Contact info

Locus Workspace Website: http://www.locusworkspace.cz
Location 1: Krakovská 22, 110 00 Prague 1 - Wenceslas Sq.
Location 2: Slezská 45, 130 00 Prague 3 - Vinohrady
Mob: +420 732 501 105, Email: info@locusworkspace.com

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Locus Workspace Interns - Spring 2017

Meet Your Locus Workspace Interns!


Locus Workspace has new interns coming from the CIEE's CES program, or Central European Studies. It is a program for college students throughout the US to come to study in Prague for a semester and immerse themselves in the Czech culture. Most of the classes are centered around Czech history, architecture, politics, or language and taught in English through Charles University. The students also have a ton of additional opportunities to volunteer, intern, immersion trips including operas, ballets, museums, and excursions like Terezin, Kutna Hora, Plzen, or Cesky Krumlov. 

This semester we count with 2 new interns! Keep reading to know some more about them :)

Shannon Keirsey
Hometown: Collegeville, PA - it's near Philadelphia
School: Penn State University

Major(s): Finance with a minor in International Business

Why did you come to Prague? I'm here in Prague to study 
abroad for the semester and fulfill my international business minor. I Chose this city over others because I heard great things about this beautiful old city in central Europe. History and architecture are both interests of mine so the city itself stood out. I also look forward to doing a lot of travel while I'm here so the central location is perfect. So far Prague has outdone my expectations in every way and I've really enjoyed learning about a new and different culture. 

Why did you choose Locus? Locus stood out to me as a great place to intern because of the unique dynamic of a coworking space. I was intrigued by the idea of people from such different backgrounds coming together to form one workplace community and wanted to be a part of that. I like that I have the opportunity to help plans community events and bring the members of Locus together making work more enjoyable.
Fun Fact: I can walk on my hands - I am a club gymnast at Penn State and have been active in the sport for 16 years.


Haley Jensen


Hometown: San Francisco, CA
School: The George Washington University
Major(s): Interaction Design, Journalism
Why did you come to Prague? Prague seemed like the perfect fit to all my goals while going abroad. I wanted to study in a city, but one that felt smaller and more intimate than London or Paris. I also thought it would be a great plan to use as my home base while I traveled throughout Europe.
Why did you choose Locus? I’ve previously worked at a co-working space and loved the dynamic, entrepreneurial, and innovative spirit they seem to foster. That environment combined with a position that I’m hoping to revolve a career around seemed like a perfect fit.
Fun Fact: I love to surf.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Negotiating Like a Pro in Locus





On Wednesday February 22 Locus Workspace had the opportunity to host one of our own members, Martin Bednář, to speak on the topic of negotiation. The event Negotiate Like a Pro gave us all insights into the best practices for negotiating, with a focus on business situations. 
Martin is an experienced businessman and today a trainer and coach on topics such as sales, marketing, and negotiating. We learned and discussed what it truly means to be in a negotiating type situation followed by the behavior and language necessary to be a skilled negotiator. Martin was a very engaging and knowledgeable speaker on the topic. 



Thank you Martin and thank you to all who participated for making the event a great learning opportunity! 
Please stay up to date with our facebook page and meetup groups to attend similar seminars in the future.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Member Monday: Gerardo Robledillo

Name: Gerardo Robledillo
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Occupation: Web Developer, Website Owner of International Schools Database and Expatistan.com


Gerardo is the owner and founder of International Schools Database, a website that helps relocating families find the right English-language schools for  their children, and Expatistan.com, a crowdsourced price comparison website that provides current information about the cost of living to both companies and the employees that they relocate.

"Expatistan is a cost of living calculator that allows you to compare the cost of living between cities around the world. The comparisons allow you to get a better understanding of the cost of living of any city before you move there" (Expatistan.com). 

This database is compiled from information received from it's users. The more data is entered, the more accurate and reliable the information is. Gerardo's website is a unique and useful tool that arguably outperforms the best cost-of-living indexes otherwise available.

Gerardo Robledillo

Why did you choose to make your own website?


"At one point, I was moving a lot in a very short period of time, and I was working for other companies. They would offer me a salary, but I wouldn't know if that was enough to sustain me in that city. There was nothing that was reliable for me to find online, so I built it myself."


What is your favorite part about working for yourself?


"Freedom. I have much more freedom. Freedom of working when and where you want."


What brought you to Prague?


"I started working in Madrid right after university, but I was looking to go abroad. I have always traveled, but I have never lived abroad for a long time. I wanted something different and interesting, but not too different. Central and Eastern Europe was distant enough, yet close enough to home. The first offer I accepted was in Prague, and I loved the city so I remained here. I was briefly in Frankfurt, then I moved to Barcelona, and then I came back."


How did you get into coworking?


"After two months of working at home it didn't work as well [as I wanted]. I tried the library and cafes but it didn't work that well either. I started sharing an office with a friend for a while, but it didn't work. Then I found the concept of coworking, and it was the perfect balance: really nice office, interesting people, social benefits of an office without working at a big company, and freedom."


How did you find Locus Workspace?


"I was looking for different coworking spaces and I tried locus because it was very close to my place. Will gave me the tour and I tried it, and it was perfect, so I stopped looking."

What is your favorite part of the city?


"Vinohrady."


What is one interesting fact about you?


"I love planes and flying."


Interested in finding out how much it would cost to live somewhere else? Check out Gerardo's website here.

If you would like to be featured on a Locus Workspace Member Monday in the future, contact Dani Crepeau at dcrepeau@bryant.edu.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Locus Workspace Interns - Autumn 2016

Meet Your Locus Workspace Interns!
https://scontent.fmad3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12311036_10153322226575840_2396733027250717665_n.jpg?oh=e6872276faf63f028b636e3e60bb94ce&oe=587F0799Tenzin Kyizom
Hometown: Berkeley, California, USA / Manali, India / Tibet
School: University of California, Berkeley
Major(s): Legal Studies and Political Economy
Why did you come to Prague? Study Abroad and to learn about the history of Czech Republic!
Why did you choose Locus? The space was positive, cozy and fun to be in. I think I could learn from the diverse group as well as contribute.
Fun Fact: I can write backwards.
Christina Gallegos
C:\Users\student\Downloads\IMG_20160717_104112091.jpgHometown: Denver, Colorado, USA
School: University of Colorado Boulder
Major(s): Classics with minors in Leadership Studies and Ethnic Studies
Why did you come to Prague? I'm a huge history nerd and the history of the Czech Republic intrigued me unlike any other.
Why did you choose Locus? I chose Locus because I really wanted to work in a diverse environment with friendly people, as well as somewhere where I could be free to be creative.  
Fun Fact: I did not learn how to ride a bike until I was 18 in the summer before college.

Ah Young (Esther) Meng
C:\Users\student\Downloads\Ah Young's picture.jpgHometown: Seoul, South Korea
School: University of California, Berkeley
Major(s): Media Studies
Why did you come to Prague? I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and travel Europe. Prague was the perfect location for everything :)
Why did you choose Locus? I chose Locus because I am interested in business management and it was a perfect opportunity to lean useful, business-relevant skills. I hope I can help develop and implement new tools to improve the space.
Fun Fact: I have eaten live octopus.


Travis Thomas
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California, USA
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Major(s): Communications with minor in Philosophy
Why did you come to Prague? It is my final year at my home institution (UCSB) before graduating and I have been looking forward to studying in a foreign country since my first year of college. I decided to conduct my studies in Prague because of its unique historical background and rich cultural diversity.
Why did you choose Locus? Locus was the perfect option being a student abroad. I chose Locus specifically for an internship position but also because I can simultaneously work on my own studies in a pleasant environment. Locus was a no brainer decision.
Fun Fact: An interesting fact about myself is that I have never once in my life paid for a haircut because my mother is a hairdresser

Dani Crepeau
https://scontent.fmad3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14333677_10202169374272975_3934401469996458324_n.jpg?oh=dfe9ef67bf7746321b91564cc1b64af1&oe=5877EB18Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
School: Bryant University
Major(s): Marketing and Communications
Why did you come to Prague? Prague seemed so different from all of the Western European countries that I have previously visited, so I wanted to escape from my comfort zone and explore a beautiful city with such rich history.
Why did you choose Locus? I saw Locus as a unique opportunity to do something I love, social media, while getting to interact with such a diverse group of people every day. I love being in such a productive, creative space to do my work as well.
Fun Fact: This is my third time to Europe (and so far my favorite!☺).

Monday, September 12, 2016

"Embarrassing confessions of a coworking space"; or "The evolution of a 'clean your dishes' message"

Dirty dishes have a negative effect on the coworking space for all members. The vast majority of members clean their own dishes and are annoyed by those few who don't. It's usually just glasses and mugs and spoons: easy things to clean. Given most coworking spaces' strong commitment to the value of community it might seem that getting members to consistently pitch in and clean their dishes would be one of the easier challenges in running a coworking space.

Not so. Dirty dishes persist. And it's not just the case for Locus Workspace: it seems to be an acknowledged problem for coworking spaces generally, including those well-known for their strong sense of community. Nonetheless, perhaps for the reasons just noted, it is not without some sense of... embarrassment? fear? impropriety?... that coworking spaces admit the problem. And now it's Locus's turn to air it's dirty laundry dishes. Or at least to talk about some of the things we've done to try to end our tragedy of the commons (unfortunately without the greatest record of success).

We started from day one with the "Locus Rules". Every person who joins Locus has to read the rules and click a box indicating that they read them. The rules are short, and cleaning up after yourself, including doing your dishes, is one of the few things members commit to (just in case they thought they were renting a serviced office rather than joining a coworking space). That worked for the most part when we were a very small coworking space, probably because members are more inclined to clean up after themselves than not, regardless of the rules.

But over time as the space grew, more and more dishes seemed to pile up in and around the sink. We joked about different things that might put a stop to it. We could just put a picture of a person looking at us above the sink. That seems to work! Better yet, make the onlooker in the image of Jesus (can you tell that one of my other hats is as a moral psychologist?).

How about surveillance cameras! But Locus (or to be fair, just I) had already been the butt of some members' parody of the "Locus Rules," turning it from a "Community Workspace" into a "Communist Workspace".


Maybe surveillance cameras aren't the key to building a strong community?

Instead we went for increasing the number of days the cleaning person comes and just reminding members periodically to clean their dishes and not be jerks. The problem persisted, but until recently seemed to stay pretty stable without getting too out of hand.

But over the months and even years the dish problem has occasionally reared its ugly head. Inspired more recently by a blog post from another coworking space owner who seems to have done wonders at building a strong sense of community (hats of to Angel K., founder of Cohere in Fort Collins, Colorado), we tried blatant plagiarism.

An image from Angel's blog post, "the most effective message to date":


"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," right? Anyway, here was our version:


There are a lot of reasons I'm not crazy about this note. First, I'm not a big fan of plagiarism (neither is the community manager who put it up at my suggestion), despite the fact that in this context it doesn't seem like a big deal, the original version was posted as a recommendation about what works to other coworking spaces managers, and adding a citation in this context would presumably undermine the message. 

Second, it's not the kind of language Czechs would use lightly, and Vlaďka is Czech (I remember signing a letter to a Czech back in the day when people wrote letters, "Love, Will" and being told--uncomfortably--that she didn't know I felt that way about her). I guess Czechs have since become more familiar with English peculiarities, but the experience has stuck with me. 

Third, it just doesn't communicate how many of us feel about the dirty dishes in and around the sink. "Don't be a jerk," or, "We're not your maids!" better sums it up. But I generally feel extremely lucky to have the group of members we have at Locus, so an angry sounding note that only applies to a small fraction of the members doesn't strike the right tone either. But the "Cohere" message still felt to me like it didn't have an authentic Locus tone. 

So I was somewhat happy to see another community manager make light of the first message:



In case you can't read it, here's what it says:

"Washing a dish is not torture /
Unless it ends up in the mortu- /
ary."

Still, while I like keeping things on the humorous side, the more words we use, the less likely people are to read them, and the more fun we poke, the less likely people are to take the whole thing seriously. Unsure what to do, however, I succumbed to a classic case of decision paralysis and did nothing at all. 

Still, the dish problem has not improved.

Happily, I'm lucky to have another incredible community manager who has a knack for saying things directly and without pulling punches, without it being offensive. So here's the newest version of the "do your dishes" wall of fame: 



In case you can't read it, here's what it says:

"GUYS,
WE DO HAVE 
DISH WASHER!!!
IF YOU DO NOT LIKE
WASHING UP YOU DO
NOT HAVE TO.
BUT! DO NOT LEAVE!
CUPS & GLASSES IN SINK.
IT TAKES 3 SEC TO
PUT IT IN DISHWASHER
& KARMA IS FOR FREE.
NO LOVE, LENKA"

Now there's a message I can get behind. And behind that "No Love" don't you just feel the love?! 

Now what do we do about the kitchen without a dishwasher?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Meet Locusites aka Locus Workspace Members

What are Locusites up to?

Co-Founder of Shakespeare and Sons and The Prague Monitor Joins Locus
Locus Workspace was pleased to welcome long-time expat Bryn Perkins as a coworker. Bryn has been living in the Czech Republic for 15 ½ years, where he has had a variety of interesting jobs. He has experience running an Internet business, managing a Prague-based hostel group, working as a management consultant, and leading an energy-saving consulting firm; he presently works in Business Intelligence for the mobile payments company Boku. Two of the most impressive contributions to the Prague cultural scene, however, were the co-founding and management of the bookstore and café Shakespeare a synové (Shakespeare and Sons) and The Prague Daily Monitor.
Shakespeare a synové started off on Krymská street in Vršovice in 2002, but now has two locations, one in Mala strana and one in Berlin. After opening, the Krymská bookstore nurtured the English writing community by hosting readings and other events in its eclectic and bohemian space, which continues to be appreciated as Café v Lese. Bryn sold his share to his partners at the end of 2003.
Bryn.jpg
Bryn was also a co-founder of The Prague Daily Monitor, which he managed with editor Theo Schwinke until 2009, when it was acquired by Prague TV. It continues to be an important information source for English speakers in the Czech Republic. See: www.praguemonitor.com.
Bryn believes that truly great businesses are those that are both financially successful and positively affect all their stakeholders (including owners, employees, suppliers, customers, and the community at large). He is excited by “open-book management,” in which employees are taught how “the numbers” drive their company’s business, are updated on these numbers regularly, and share in the success they help create. Though a relatively small number of businesses are run this way, there are some impressive examples of successful businesses that have taken this approach.

Two of Bryn’s “business heroes” are Ari Weinzweig and Jack Stack. Ari Weinzweig co-founded Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1982 and now is CEO and co-founder of the highly successful Zingerman's gourmet food company, with revenues over $50 million. Jack Stack, a highly creative businessman, is the founder and CEO of SRC Holdings. He is known as "The Father of Open-Book Management,” an approach he has used to great success. His company has helped to start scores of successful businesses founded by employees who learned about business while working at his open-book companies.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Human Touch in Digital Marketing





 
Coworkers at Locus Workspace in Prague
 
This article “Customers Need a Human Touch in Digital Marketing” put out by kentico.com interested me, so I thought I’d share the key points and a link if you want to read the entire article. http://www.kentico.com/product/resources/whitepapers/customers-need-a-human-touch-in-digital-marketing/h2h-whitepaper-05

In a nutshell: pick up the phone, or skype, or have live webchats, or meet with people in person when possible.

Other pearls of wisdom:

Question the value of your technology
·       Resist relying too much on technology. Balance technology and automation with common sense and sensitivity to customers.
·       Often marketers rely too much on their own silos of data and don’t include a wide variety of data sources
·       Analytics work best when data silos in the organization are reduced, and different perspectives are used to create analytical models

Genuinely connect with people
·       Customers want to talk to and do business with people, not organizations or brands.
·       Buying decisions often include an emotional component that is best influenced by interactions with the people in a company
·       Establish sincere relationships with customers and build trust with person to person communication
·       Companies that deliver better individualized experiences to their customers are more likely to outperform competitors in sales and revenue, as well as retaining customers for the long term

Learn to listen and let the customer speak
·       Listen well, be empathetic. 
·       Ask questions to understand more about what the customer needs and wants
·       Interactive communications with customers require respect, full attention and sincerity
·       Invite customers to share their experiences and interesting moments with products and services or interactions with various people in the company.
·       Make it easy for customers to tell their own stories

Make communication with customers a priority
·       Invest in resources that facilitate responding well to customer needs
·       Protect customer privacy
·       Companies more effectively reach customers through continuous data collection and analytics, and realistic customer segmentation and personas

Provide quality content 
      ·       Become a trusted resource for information, guidance and ideas that help customers 
 ·        Marketing is not about the brand