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The Knowmad: From Following the Beaten Path to Bringing Inspiration

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543028_460287293988435_2051460046_nAlthough Christian Sextl always knew that he wanted to live an extraordinary and purposeful life, he spent a decade following the beaten path, not finding a way to bring into the world what was inside of him. It’s a startling revelation from this idea-addict, this described ‘Informator’, the nomadic knowledge worker whose passion for coffee runs so deep he carries his own Aero Press, hand coffee grinder, and portable kettle in his backpack. Some people spend their whole lives running in the corporate treadmill. Not Chris. Luckily, he had the courage to jump and follow the life-long itch to spend his time with more meaningful projects that would make him and others happy. In March 2015, Chris and his girlfriend Mercedes signed on to support Knowmads Hanoi, a course for Entrepreneurship, Personal Leadership and Sustainability. They helped facilitate the course for the third team of students during the March – April program, and, inspired by its success, decided to stay for the fourth team of students over summer.


 

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The path to get to this point wasn’t easy, and Chris might instead have ended up in a suit in some office, if not for a workshop called “Find the Job that Makes You Happy” in his native Germany. He didn’t find a job that made him happy, but gained a vision of a lifestyle: the life of a traveling entrepreneur, giving workshops and coaching to inspire people to change their lives. What sparks his passion is his own process of growth. “I always loved when I stumbled upon something that would change or improve my life, or when someone gave me a feedback that would create more clarity in me. I know how great it was for me, and that’s why I want to give the same inspiration to others. Because I know that there might be just this one little information that might change someone’s life.” At Knowmads Hanoi, Chris is doing exactly that: inspiring young people to make a positive change in their lives, and helping them make their dreams come true. On the side, he is experimenting with different media like websites, webinars, videos, coaching or books to develop his own projects in the area of personal development.


 

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On the market potential for alternative education in Vietnam, Chris has a positive outlook: “With the growth in economy, more and more people now realize that they need to invest in themselves in order to be successful in their careers and business.” Having worked with a team of 20 young people – mostly Vietnamese – in Knowmads Hanoi Team 3, Chris was impressed by their level of openness and proactiveness. The students’ drive for creating social changes inspired him: “Most people in the program had projects aimed at creating positive change in society – something much more fulfilling than just making money.”


 

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Chris finds the co-working space useful for his changemaking work. “The best thing is the environment. It’s a very cool café, but you know that you’re here to work. I hardly procrastinate when I’m here.” “And there is great coffee!” He added. He certainly enjoys it more than a corner office in Germany.


From Disillusionment to Leadership: A Vietnamese Changemaker’s Journey

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It was 2008 at York University, Toronto, Canada. A young Vietnamese student was waiting for her first class on Development Studies to begin. Her interest in International Relations had faded. She had ventured to York University with the dream of becoming a diplomat to represent her country. Now she couldn’t help wondering whether her dream was too naïve. The political games, the moves and counter-moves of the world’s powers couldn’t appeal to her. Disillusioned and somewhat disoriented, she took a mentor’s suggestion to try Development Studies. She didn’t know what to expect. Certainly, she didn’t expect the course to change her life forever.

That young Vietnamese woman was ClickSpace member Ly Tran. And yes, her life did change. As Ly studied the world’s economic structures, the struggles of developing countries resonated deeply with her. Frankly they made her heart sink. Ly saw her native Vietnam in a new light, and in her heart she knew she had found a new direction.

In 2011, a freshly minted bachelor in International Development Studies and Non-profit Management, Ly returned to Vietnam for hands-on experience. She soon joined Bloom Microventures, a registered UK NGO that supports rural communities in developing countries.

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Invader from the Steppes

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Veteran Mongolia hand Andy Parkinson brings ecotourism savvy
to Hanoi

 

“Since when have you been interested in environmental sustainability?”

_DSC0121-001“Since… forever?”

Andy Parkinson, seasoned adventure travel and ecotourism pioneer, smirks at the question. To him the answer was too obvious. He qualified in Geography, Ecology and Sustainable Design. Having worked in or founded three companies in the field, Andy is kind of a true Earth-guy.

“Everything I do has an environmental sustainability angle, whether it is tourism, conservation or sustainable design.”

“Since I was little, I’ve been interested in outdoor and wildlife. I ended up choosing related study subjects. You know, I am not a city guy,” Andy said. “So Hanoi is an interesting challenge,” he uttered with a chuckle.


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Harvard Business Review: People Thrive at Coworking Spaces

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People thrive in coworking spaces. We see it every day at ClickSpace. Now, new research published in the Harvard Business Review explains why.

HBRCoworking space members see work as meaningful. They feel that they can bring their whole selves to work. They don’t feel they need to put on a “work persona” in order to fit in, and they are more open to cooperation and collaboration.

They also have more control over their professional lives. Coworking spaces let them work more flexibly – working at times of day when they feel productive in a setting that feels less structured and regimented than a traditional office.

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Finally, coworking space members feel part of a community. You can’t connect with others in a café or home office, but coworking spaces work hard to help members connect, socialize and collaborate.

No surprises here. The two dozen strong members of ClickSpace’s coworking community would tell you the same thing. Want to be happy, healthy and productive as an independent worker? Coworking is the answer.

If you’re ready to give it a try, ClickSpace is offering 3-month memberships-for the price of 2 through June 13.

Click here to for a free coffee and tour to see if coworking’s right for you.

 

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ClickSpace Merges with Commune Coworking Café

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Combined Spacebar Coworking Cafe + ClickSpace Coworking Villa Now Serving Customers

HANOI – 24 March – Two of Hanoi’s most renowned collaborative workspaces have merged and added two more investors: architect Jody O’Dea and consultant Ha Cuong (CK). The team behind Commune Coworking Café will establish an on-premises café bar at the ClickSpace Coworking Villa. Doors opened on the new space on  23 March 2015.

Commune’s café operations have been rebranded Spacebar. The combined ClickSpace + Spacebar coworking facility is located at #15, Lane 76 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.Spacebar Coworking Cafe

“Commune Café had great customers and a loyal cadre of laptop workers who called it their home base over the last three years,” said Commune founder Jeremy Wellard. “But it was time to return to our roots and get serious about building great collaborative work environments.”

Along with the merger, ClickSpace announced it would expand amenities in its coworking center. Over the coming months ClickSpace will implement phased interior and exterior upgrades . Members will enjoy upgraded meeting and teleconference facilities. After a trial period, the pop-up style in-house cafe will be transformed into a stylish, full-service work-friendly cafe, bar and eatery.

“Hanoi has seen a lot of coworking spaces come and go,” said ClickSpace founder Jason Lusk. “Our research into the exploding coworking scenes in cities like Bangkok, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City shows why. Freelancers and digital nomads demand more from a coworking center than just a desk and wifi. These spaces require serious investment.”

Founded in a small To Ngoc Van location in 2013, ClickSpace Coworking Center expanded into its current villa location in July 2014. Members include both international and Vietnamese freelancers in the creative, social enterprise and tourism industries.

Established in early 2012, Commune was Hanoi’s first Coworking Café, combining dedicated coworking space with a more relaxed café/bar environment. The work environment was aimed at creative professionals and freelancers. An early mover in Vietnam’s coworking scene, Commune led the way for many larger spaces to follow.

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Contact: Jason Lusk, jason.lusk@clickablemass.com, 096 976 0912

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Spacebar Hanoi Coworking Cafe

 


ClickSpace Announces Sponsorship of Song Hong 2013 Half Marathon

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ClickSpace is proud to be an official sponsor of the Song Hong 2013 Half Marathon. Presented by the Red River Runners volunteer organization, the Song Hong race is Hanoi’s only annual 21k event.

This year’s Song Hong race will take place on Sunday, December 8th. In addition to the 21k half marathon event, it will include a 10k, 5k and kids fun run. Click here for up-to-the-minute race information and online registration.

As part of ClickSpace’s sponsorship of the race, ClickSpace will serve as this year’s cash payment location. After registering for the race, runners may visit ClickSpace at 28 To Ngoc Van, 5th Floor (between the new Kitchen and Love Chocolate) to make payment. All runners making cash payment will also receive a coupon for one free day of coworking at ClickSpace.

ClickSpace Sponsors Song Hong 2013 Half Marathon