Where am I off to this week?
So why did I choose The Melting Pot?
As I moved into my last few days in Scotland, I knew that I had to experience The Melting Pot.
At first glance, It looked like it did the basics well but what I was intrigued by the most was that it had such a dynamic and busy workplace. Atleast that is what I gleaned from their social media.
Was I right in assuming so? If so, why was this space so popular?
Little did I know, The Melting Pot is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation and its first coworking space. As a celebrated social enterprise and registered charity, The Melting Pot has been evolving and growing since its founding in 2007.
When I first arrived, I was greeted by their team and promptly shown around the space. It wasn’t a really large space but had everything you needed. What I also found intriguing was how many people there were and the range of age groups.
I have been to a large number of coworking spaces around the world and one thing that has been overwhelmingly common is a younger demographic. Having many people over 40 was incredibly rare.
The Melting Pot had a nice balance of almost all age groups which was refreshing and just awesome to see.
After my tour and introduction to the space and some of its members, I sat down and got to work.
I worked in open coworking and found myself able to connect with people throughout the day over a cup of tea or just in passing.
When grabbing tea later in the afternoon, one of the members even made a point of mentioning that he was only heating up a small amount of water in the kettle because it saved energy and not that he was trying to be antisocial. The coworkers here were incredibly nice and took the time to say hello and share more about what made their city great.
At the end of my day working here, there was a large event being held in their event space which is consistently booked for many events each month. The Melting Pot has made it a point to continue to provide more services that their members and their community find beneficial and help it to maintain a sustainable business model.
This is why they are currently in the process of creating a guide and a program for coworking spaces around the world to follow to make less mistakes, learn from their experiences, and to create a standard for the growth of our industry. I am looking forward to seeing more about this as I see it as hugely important for the next phase of the coworking and shared workspace industry.
The next time I am in Edinburgh, I will be sure to stop back here. It was a great example of what I look for in a space and am excited to follow their growth in the coming years.
In the meantime, check out the rest of the spaces I worked out of on Cowork22’s European Journey of 2017 as a digital nomad building a business while traveling and working in coworking spaces.
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