Jonathan Robinson and I having a pint at the Henry House.
I spent part of yesterday with the girls from the Halifax Hub along with Jonathan Robinson of the London Hub. If the investor lunch yesterday was any indication, I think it will be fascinating to see how Halifax's business community makes use of the Hub. Couple of thoughts:
- Businesses in the Burnside Park can have trouble attracting and retaining young workers... they'd all just rather work downtown. With the Hub, these businesses could buy time for staff to work out of an interesting downtown space (with all the cross-pollinating side benefits). Essentially, save the huge dollars by locating in Burnside, but invest a little wth the Hub to keep that downtown connection. Seems simple enough.
- I think for many businesses, locating project teams off-site at the Hub might be just the thing that is needed to help push their thinking into new places that they wouldn't otherwise get to.
- The Hub will provide some much needed flex space for businesses who are adding people but perhaps aren't quite ready to add permanent space for them.
- Since Halifax is the regional centre of business for Atlantic Canada, a lot of people travel here for business. Many of those meetings are downtown, and the Hub will be a great place to touch down for a while when you're in the city.
On a final note, Jonathan's an interesting guy. The work he's doing in setting up the Hub network across the globe is much needed, to my mind. And, he doesn't lose sight of the need to be economically viable while doing good in the world. There is a thread of abundance in much of the work I'm involved with these days... and the Hub is no exception. It operates from the basis that there is no shortage of great ideas in the world, we just need to host the spaces where they can be cultivated and brought to fruition.