PLYWOOD PLACE 2.0
A CENTER FOR START-UPS DOING GOOD
From the front door to the back, every square foot has a story. From tables designed through training programs to coffee that shares stories of the world, from mural inspirational quotes displayed on walls that were spoken at our gatherings to screens looping problems being solved by people throughout our community. If and when you walk into this place it must inspire you to go back to where you call home and make it better. This place will be an entrepreneurial training center where ideas are shaped, where stories are experienced, where mentoring transpires and where people find community. People come here to make a difference out there. We will be successful if this space inspires more good into the world. When people engage Plywood Place should cause others to dream in unimaginable new ways, not out of shame but out of hope and responsibility. We need a space that makes people believe that better is possible and shows friends that better is happening.
EVERY SPACE TELLS A STORY.
There will be a need to get stuff done. We need spaces that are quiet and evoke action. When people come to this environment there ought to be spaces that promote the importance of work. These spaces must feel more private. A desk, an office, a phone booth, a hammock, or a standing bar. There should be a way for people to come for a day or stay for the year. Both are welcomed. The story and emotions of individual spaces must be welcoming calming and speak belief in others.
Many people come to places like this to work alongside others. Community spaces will be designed around standing conversation spaces, large work tables or living room environments. Sometimes these conversation may be open to others to listen to and others may need to be more private. We need to have options for 2 person meetings all the way to 10 person board rooms. Think booths, conference rooms, facing couches, community tables, and maybe even a shuffleboard painting into the floor to create fun competition. The story of these spaces should be seen on large post-it notes, dry-erase scratches on glass walls, sheets of paper rolled and and under an armpit as they leave, shared on screens and high fived at the end of the day.
There will be a need to create three different environments for people we provide space to that enhance the environment.
Entrepreneurs in Residence - will be a way for five people to be selected on a work one day and create the other four days standard. They will be hosts and the front door for the space - make coffee, manage conference rooms and be a guide shaping the space. Their story is one that is beginning.
Advisors in Residence - As our advisor program continues to grow we will ask for a new level of commitment...office hours. The goal will be to grow our advisor program to be 100+ leaders that commit to working from our office three days per year. They would be scheduled in advance and will be available to council the start-ups in the space through their unique skills. This at times make take the shape of a small workshop or more often individual meetings.
Communities in Residence - As the vision of Plywood is expanding beyond the local community, people will desire to come to this place to experience what is happening here and dream of how they can take that home. These people might stay for a day or maybe a week. We need to make space for this to be the new reality and welcome them as part of the family.
We will be able to serve 5 to 7 small teams through private offices that could house 1-4 people and 3 larger teams that could house 3-6 people. Private offices are important because it will shape consistent revenue that will be predictable, not seasonal. We have found that organizations at team levels benefit from the external community of Plywood and contribute to the emerging community seeking council. Private Offices need to have the ability to be customized to the brand, colors and feel of the team. Claiming office space will also give them event space to be used for their promotion and gatherings. Private offices should be part of the ethos and integrated into the community, but should be able to be closed and secure in case of event spaces happening when they are not present. The story of Team space should be all about the problems THEY are solving. We should be promoting the good they are doing and every person that walks through the space should have access, engagement and ability to contribute to their cause - selling their products should be easy in the space to funding through a Dip Jar if they are inspired to give.
TRAINING & EVENT SPACES
Our entire environment will be created to empower others to go and do (and may even have a sign on the way out that says “go and do good.”. We need spaces for training, teaching, presentations and events. Every community space should be transformative to host events from 15 people to 200 people. We need to design it in such a way that it can be larger or smaller, hosts presentations or wine and cheese conversations. The Black Box Auditorium needs to have great sound elements, great lighting and projection or video capability with good viewpoints from every seat. Training spaces should be built in such a way that every training can be broadcast to the world and shared often...because it will be. The story of our event spaces will be platforms to share stories, train developing stories and will be shared on the social streams of others...our goal is that every experience in this space would demand to be shared through social streams...its that good. People will want to host their events in this space, attend events in this space and share events in this space.
GALLERY SPACES + FUNCTIONAL SPACES
Not only does Plywood share stories, we have spaces that can help make stories. We need warehouse space, podcast space, video shoot space, photography space, printing space and cafe space. The story of these space give you the ability to take a photo, design the concept, print it (or even 3d print it), pack it, store it, frame it, put it on our gallery wall and send it to the person that wanted to purchase it. The Story of this space will be seen on our walls and featured in our cafe - we will not an active creation space and have the ability to engage artists to make what they need in our space.