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Radio Smart Talk: What is coworking?; How did we become so divided?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 4, 2013 9:00 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, March 4:

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How often have you heard someone say, "I wish could work from home?"  Technology has made working from home a reality for millions of people.  Not everyone is satisfied with the experience though.  Some say there are too many distractions at home or that they crave face-to-face interaction with other people.

That's how coworking was born in San Francisco in 2006.  Coworking is what happens when a group of independent workers -- most often freelancers, those trying to start a business, or the self-employeed -- gather in a shared workspace.  There are some 800 coworking spaces across the country including the first one in Harrisburg, which is called st@rtup Harrisburg. 

st@rtup Harrisburg's co-founders Adam Brackbill and Adam Porter will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to explain this new workplace development.

We live in a divided nation – not one that is separated by geographic boundaries like before the Civil War, but one that is split politically and ideologically. The epicenter of the great divide is Washington D.C.  The federal budget sequester that began Friday is just the latest in a series of crises or cliffs that materialized because Democrats and Republicans can’t come together for the good of the country.  How did it get this way?

That's a question we'll pose to Dr. Stephen Medvic, associate professor of government and department chair at Franklin and Marshall College, on Monday's program.


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  • Anne Kirby img 2013-03-04 07:43

    It's great to see coworking getting so much love lately. The movement has been growing in central pa for years now. 1st Lancaster with the Candy Factory, Reading, Allentown. York is opening up a space this spring and now Harrisburg. It's all about joining a community with the benefit of an office. Congrats to the Harrisburg space!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-04 09:25

    E-mail from Sean:

    "This is such a great concept!

    Are you addressing the issue of poor office acoustics with this facility? The Center for the Built Environment has been surveying office occupant satisfaction over many years and found that acoustics is the most dissatisfying attribute in Indoor Environmental Quality.

    Does the Harrisburg Co-Working building make an effort to provide distraction free work spaces and areas for private conversations?"

  • Mark img 2013-03-04 09:39

    Dr. Medvic - Given that stark divisions of opinion have existed in the past on specific issues. Does the current phenomenon of picking a "team" and getting a pre-packaged, inflexible set of opinions on a multitude of issues, depending on which team you choose, have a precedent in our history?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-04 09:46

    E-mail from Cathy:

    "My husband and I love co-working; he does web design and I do graphics and photography. He is part of the Candy Factory in Lancaster and has been able to make so many networking connections through the Candy Factory.

    Also, as we prepare to start a family, the co-working space gives him some more options for working outside of the house but still keeping his overhead costs low."

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-04 09:49

    E-mail from Brad:

    "Will increasing irrelevance in the nationwide elections, similar to the disappearance of the Federalists and the Whigs, force the Republicans to heave to the center and become less partisan? If so, how will the Democrats likely respond?"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-04 09:51

    E-mail from Shaun:

    "I've often heard that a big divide starting happening in the 70s-80s with Nancy Reagan and the Moral Majority. Thoughts?"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-04 09:52

    E-mail from Don:

    "How is it that Pennsylvania was so much for the president in 2012 that the campaigns didn’t come here, and yet PA has 12 Republican and 5 Democratic districts? Doesn’t that show the problem with gerrymandering?"