Jean-Marc Laflamme (facing the camera) enjoys the new Revelstoke Coworking space along with some his fellow workers.

Revelstoke Coworking provides collaborative office space downtown

Revelstoke Coworking is a space for people who work alone to share an office.

Sitting atop Royal LePage, across from City Hall, you will find the new Revelstoke Coworking space. A 1,100-square-foot communal working environment where individuals, who generally work for different organizations, come to carry out their tasks in a shared space. A progressive model of work life that has caught on in major urban areas over the last several years has finally come to fruition in Revelstoke.

A founder of Revelstoke Coworking, Jean-Marc LaFlamme has had an interest in shared working spaces for a while. Providing marketing strategy for the largest coworking space in Cagary’s east end, The Commons, LaFlamme lent his knowledge and experience to the establishment of coworking in Revelstoke.

Growing in popularity, the coworking model has the potential to bolster economic development through supporting individuals with ideas, who want to contribute, and are seeking workspace. LaFlamme referred to the energy created by focused work. It acts as a source of stimulation for the surrounding environment, increasing productivity.

This kind of environment facilitates discussion and feedback, allowing members to seek advice from different perspectives that can aid in problem solving and subsequently build a more supportive community that encourages entrepreneurship and development of community initiatives.

The coworking model also provides members with collaboration opportunities from new relationships and cost savings from shared space.

Aspiring to be the cheapest coworking space on the planet, Revelstoke Coworking offers private offices starting at $100 a month, desk space starting at $50, and drop in rates for occasional users.

Since their official opening last month, membership includes an assortment of Revelstoke organizations, not-for-profits, start-ups, consultants, freelancers, and developers.

Existing as a not-for-profit makes sense for Revelstoke Coworking, said LaFlamme. It opens up funding opportunities and established a mutually beneficial relationship for owners and members based on positive values rather than profit.

The community can also benefit through the development and expansion of community initiatives. LaFlamme speaks of the possibility for organizations to expand their reach in the same way the North Columbia Environmental Society has grown new limbs of operation.

The next step in the development of Revelstoke Coworking is to attract visiting professionals and extend networks outside the community. LaFLamme also sees the space catering to workshops, retreats and other educational events.

Coworking spaces are said to have economic benefits by boosting creativity and quality of work. Deskmag’s annual Global Coworking Survey concluded that 71 per cent of respondents experienced a boost in creativity since joining a coworking space and 62 per cent said their standard of work had improved.

Revelstoke Coworking offers simple yet functional space. A comfortable blend of neutral colours contrast warm earthy tones from big wood slab tables in an open-concept layout abundant in natural light. There is a meeting room, audio and visual capabilities, and the essential ingredient: Wifi access. Check it out at 101-A Second Street east, or online at www.revelstoke.com/coworking for more information.

 

 

Just Posted

Growls and Hugs for May 22

Someone or something got your hackles up? Or maybe someone made you… Continue reading

Roads and weather for Revelstoke today

Scheduled construction: Highway 1 east:Paving operations between East Boundary of Mount Revelstoke… Continue reading

Jocelyn’s Jottings: Choice, government interference and abortion

Government officials in Alabama recently passed a law enforcing a near-total ban… Continue reading

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for May 22

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, May 20, 1899 Great improvements had been… Continue reading

Another climate rally scheduled for Friday in Revelstoke

Join students at City Hall to call for climate action

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

PPC leader wants to appeal to voters’ intelligence

Maxine Bernier says his right-wing populist political movement differs from that of U.S. President Donald Trump and other similar European leaders

Friend of accused Kelowna murderer takes the stand

Elrich Dyck’s testimony continued Friday with details from the night Chris Ausman was killed

Housing provided for women and children fleeing violence in Penticton

Announcement on Friday is part of a provincewide initiative to construct additional housing.

People’s Party of Canada leader talks B.C. trade to Penticton supporters

Maxime Bernier, head of the new federal political party, spoke at Time Winery on Friday

Princeton RCMP recover stolen homework and save the grade

It’s a slightly better excuse than “the dog ate my homework.” Earlier… Continue reading

New Summerland distillery has received recognition

Alchemist Distiller won audience choice award at recent competition

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Most Read