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Hello folks! Welcome to another swell podcast with me Bernie and Zeljko, your Coworking Values podcast hosts.  We are here with Shazia Mustafa, founder of Third Door and David Randall of Maple Works

Shazia is the co-founder of Third Door, a coworking space with a nursery.  She believes that family and work can grow together. David is part of Mind Works, an assembly of individuals that provides workshops and seminars for their community. 

We are going to be talking about how they are dealing with the downturn that the current pandemic has on every business all over the world. And about how the local government hasn’t recognized the importance of the Coworking industry and how it is affecting the community in terms of relief/support. And how optimistic they are, even amidst all these, that the coworking community can be and will emerge bigger and better through this pandemic.

What is your call to action to the community?

David: Yeah, there’s an awful lot of work to do. And I think just getting the names, and then establishing the contact is one sort of parallel like a stream of activity that has to go on but at the same time, that we’ve got a lot of work to do to articulate what our ask is of government.

And I have just had a very brief look at the criteria for the proposed accreditation scheme for London, which somebody sent me is awful. It’s awful, it’s really awful. 

And that’s going to have to be completely rethought. But so yeah. We could probably do it as a sector and collaborate with the local government in London to make it better. So let’s do that.

Shazia: I think there is a lot of work to be done and we do need to collaborate and work together and somehow I’m hoping by the end of this we’re going to have the first formation of a trade body that can help the independent coworking industry for certain and whether it is London coworking assembly and that we get the support but we definitely do need to get some work done on our side.


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