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Carolyn Tate – Slow School – Cool coworking colleagues

Carolyn Tate of The Slow School of Business (Slow School) is one of my cool coworking colleagues at Hub Melbourne.

Carolyn’s Slow School just might be able to help you.

What is the Slow School?
The Slow School is an unconventional business school for people passionate about building a purpose-driven and prosperous business that makes the world a better place.

The Slow School is all about collaborative learning and providing a safe space for experienced and worldly independents, freelancers, solo professionals, creatives, artists and corporate escapees to come together to learn, connect and collaborate.

I like the sound of that!

Next ‘class’ 27 August 2014
Are you tired of the corporate world or the whole corporate greed ‘thing’? Have you been wanting to escape and start your own business?

Perhaps you have an idea you want to convert into a new career, you just need to ‘make it happen’.

Alternatively, maybe your current business is not what you want it to be? A ‘brand refresh’ or different approach might help?

Whatever the case, you know something’s not quite right.

Well, there’s something different in education that should help you refine your thoughts.

Carolyn Tate launched her new ‘The Slow School of Business‘ (Slow School) in August.

Why not join Carolyn as the Slow School takes off, and capitalise on the wisdom of the ‘Slow Movement‘.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 27 August 2014, there is a great opportunity to help you –

‘know your business purpose,
vision and values’

at a special Slow School dinner, which will be held at Hub Melbourne coworking space,

Level 3, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne, the home of the Slow School.

The Slow School of Business will help you
‘know your business purpose, vision and values’

Event details, taken from ‘Eventbrite‘, where you can book tickets, are below –

Slow Dinner – How to know your business purpose, vision and values

Join us for dinner with a difference! Wednesday 27 August 2014 6-9pm

In today’s fast-profit, short-term thinking business world, it’s very easy to ignore the most important foundations to building a strong business by jumping straight into building products or services while trying every trick in the book to sell them. Smart and mindful business owners committed to building a sustainable business know their purpose, vision and values deeply – and they engage their tribe effectively first to allow the products and services neatly unfold. So what’s the difference between purpose, vision and values? What’s most important and which comes first? How do they work together? How important are they in building a sustainable and prosperous business that will help solve the world’s most wicked problems.

Join the Slow School team at this dinner to discuss your vision, purpose and values and leave with a plan to work on them. You’re also invited to join us at our Slow Study Clubs (free) each Tuesday morning at Hub where you get to share what you’ve been up to and to keep you accountable.

You are asked to bring a plate of food to share.
Wine and other refreshments will be provided.

The Slow School is an unconventional collaborative learning school for business people that share the common goal of building a purpose-driven and prosperous business that makes the world a better place. If you believe what we believe, then Slow School is for you.

Check out what the school is all about here. Slow School.

This class is being facilitated by Carolyn Tate.

Here is the link to purchase tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable or transferable to other classes/dinners. You are however able to pass on your ticket to a colleague to attend in your absence.

Slow School is an initiative of Carolyn Tate & Co. in Community Partnership with Hub Australia.

I’m really looking forward to the event, it will be a great night and no doubt very thought provoking.

I believe Carolyn is really onto something with her Slow School. I’ve already written a post about it dated 17 July 2014, here’s a link to the post


By the way, there’s another great article about Carolyn in the ‘Slow Living‘ magazine, which was published on 23 July 2014. Here’s a link to the article –


Cheers, Jane Deany

Carolyn Tate Launches Slow School of Business

Exciting things are happening for Carolyn Tate who is about to launch ‘The Slow School of Business‘ (Slow School) via a Community Partnership with Hub Australia.

Carolyn Tate of The Slow School of Business

Carolyn Tate – The Slow School of Business

I met Carolyn when I first started at Hub Melbourne in late 2012. Since then we have gradually gotten to know each other a little more, although I think I still have a lot to learn about this deep thinking and inspiring woman.

Carolyn leads the Victorian Division of the global ‘Conscious Capitalism’ movement, and this will tell you that she is indeed a thinker.

Carolyn has described the Slow School as ‘an unconventional collaborative learning school for like-minded business people who share the common purpose to build a successful business that contributes to the elevation of humanity and the planet. We’re here to help you create a purpose-driven and prosperous business that makes a difference.’

You know what? I really like the sound of that. I think the world needs more of this kind of thinking.

Carolyn Tate discussing collaboration

Carolyn Tate discussing collaboration

Tonight Carolyn is running one of her trial (beta) Slow School classes. Three hours long on the topic of ‘Collaboration’. Obviously, given the purpose of www.coworkingiscool.com it will be a topic of great interest to me, so naturally I’ve booked in for this event. I will join 24 others for what will no doubt be a fascinating and thought provoking night. I am really looking forward to it.

I just had a quick chat to Carolyn in the Hub Melbourne kitchen and asked her to tell me her vision for the school, and this is what she said –

‘My vision is to create a tribe of 100-150 connected independents (solo professionals)
that come together to learn, connect and collaborate.’

The Slow School officially launches on 7 August 2014

It’s another case of watch this space.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Collaboration – what is it and is it happening?

Much is said about collaboration. It’s seems a very fashionable term at the moment, it is a bit of a buzz word.

What actually is collaboration and is it really happening, and more particularly, is it common in coworking spaces?

According to Wikipedia, collaboration is – ‘Working with each other to do a task and to achieve shared goals’.

Hub friends at Docklands Library - Jess + Jane Deany (aka me) + Siana Braganza discussing collaboration

Hub friends at Docklands Library – Jess + Jane Deany (aka me) + Siana Braganza discussing collaboration

In my opinion collaboration is occurring, but I think there is still some way to go before people feel entirely comfortable with collaborating.

One piece of anecdotal evidence suggests that coworkers are quite often very caught up in their own project(s) and have yet to fully realise the benefits of collaboration. Collaboration is definitely happening, but, given the potential for significant gain, there is still a long way to go.

In the highly regarded book ‘Working in the “UnOffice”: A Guide to Coworking for Indie Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits‘ by Genevieve V DeGuzman and Andrew I Tang, 2011 (published by Night Owls Press), p23-25 the authors talk about collaboration –

As being ‘One of the selling points of coworking– and something that will be hard to find anywhere else- is the wealth of knowledge that you can get working among a diverse group of people with different skill sets, backgrounds, and experiences. Whether it’s making sense of your website’s HTML, hammering out a killer proposal, or even just making a barista-worthy pot of coffee in the kitchen, you’re bound to encounter someone who can help.’

When you cowork you are part of a community, and there are no shortages of opportunities to find someone within the community who has the expertise you might need or will know of someone else who does.

As I finish my 20th month today since I joined my coworking community at the Hub Melbourne, I have built an amazing network of fascinating people doing exciting things. I have gained clients via this network and met others whom I plan to collaborate with … more about this when there’s more to say.

As I have come to know my community members, I have enjoyed introducing different people whom I thought could benefit by meeting due to their common fields and interests.

I am fascinated by the idea of successful collaboration, and how coworking can facilitate it. I would love to hear your collaboration success story and I am sure other readers would too.

Please feel free to add your comments below. I would love to hear how you collaborated with someone you met via a coworking space.

Cheers, Jane Deany