The new General Manager of our sister collaborative The Camp, Nynne Budtz Christiansen, boils down her co-working philosophy:
Co-work is very much a state of mind. You can sit close to the same colleague each day, but you may never collaborate with the person. From my experience real collaborations only arise, if they are necessary and not just a pleasant break. You need to share a problem. But first you need to trust each other, because we do not talk about problems with people we do not trust.
Actually, a good co-working space has little to do with tables and chairs. It is carried by a vibe of diversity, where different professional profiles – the tech entrepreneur, the engineer, the graphic designer – are clashing. If you clash and still share a direction, amazing explosions will happen.
At The Camp, a big part of my role is to create fertile meetings between Tryg’s employees and The Camp’s entrepreneurs. They should be a relevant add-on to the day for both parties. A meeting can begin with something as small as swapping jobs for ten minutes. You look at the job application I just received, while I give a quick feedback on your updated visual identity. A second phase will be to integrate Tryg’s skilled specialists closer in the startups, where there is a match of competence and interest.
What I would love is to expand what we think about, when we think about corporate-entrepreneurial partnerships. Let’s move from the known formula: A startup builds a great out-of-the-box-product. The corporate would never have thought of it, since they are inside their box, but they can help the startup with selling it. I would like the process to begin much earlier, so Tryg and The Camp inspire one another in equal measures.