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Powering ProductivityDon’t go it alone – collaboration & the case for engineering serendipity

Don’t go it alone – collaboration & the case for engineering serendipity

Collaboration and why people need people – following on……part of the #PoweringProductivity series.

 the case for Engineering Serendipity

“We still have no idea how to pursue what former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously described as “unknown unknowns.” … It’s not enough to ask where good ideas come from — we need to rethink how we go about finding them.”

The article refers to laboratories relocating and throwing new collaborations together – and the architectural hoops they’re jumping through to have Silicon Valley campuses maximise “casual collisions of the workforce.”

Here’s what came of such a “casual collision” in a coworking space:

A digital marketer and a website designer take desks in a coworking office.

A tech startup needs some digital marketing help.

The tech founder’s brother-in-law needs a website – and by the way some marketing.

A new business is born – a campaign launched and a Dani Award won – in Year One!

And sometimes the relationships and connections just aren’t all that obvious. And not even immediately fruitful. This collaboration arose from a BizCamp introduction:

An accountant moves into business consultancy


He puts together a team – 3 of the five include a Dublin Engineer, a Newry Coach,
an Antrim Web Designer and a Limerick expert in tender preparations.

It goes nowhere. The accountant disappears into solo consultancy work.

Two years later the Engineer & the Tender Expert win a major contract for a third party

Three years on the Coach & Web Designer launch an AR/VR product for Travel & Tourism


Five years on the referrals among the four continue.

Join us – over lunch – virtually or in person. Tell us what you think you need to know – you just might meet the person you need to know.

So bring your expertise – or your passion for learning to one of the upcoming Thursday Lunch & Learn sessions – Monthly at the Hub Newry or virtually – every week! See our events list

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Expert in Coworking, FlexSpaces & Remote Working | Help you identify the most productive working environment for you & your team | Propagator of meaningful connections | Podcaster Did you know: 📌40% of people feel the greatest benefit of remote work is the flexible schedule 📌16% of companies exclusively hire remote workers Engaging with small businesses and the faces behind them and making meaningful, human connections brings a big smile to my face as does anything horticulture & heritage! I love to help business owners & individuals grow and succeed in a life that truly reflects the real them and uses their core values and characteristics. Over the last 20 or so years I’ve centred around relationship management within the property and finance sectors in London and more recently my story has brought me into developing a network of coworking and flex spaces in Northern Ireland. For the last 12 years I’ve been self-employed and during this time founded The Hub Newry coworking spaces. As co-founder of a multi award-winning network of flex spaces with global connections and partnerships I help educate & research around the future of work & evolving workplace best practice. In short, I want to put a smile on the face behind your business & help you find your best flexible working environment to be your most productive, resilient & successful self. Who do I work with? ✨Entrepreneurs / Coaches & Professionals 💻SME's 😎Coworking operators

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