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General Assembly presents Bridging the Gap: Corporates & Coworking at Work.Life Bermondsey


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Co-working spaces established themselves by meeting the needs of start-ups and small businesses. They fostered a climate of acceleration, providing the raw materials and environment to incubate early stage ideas, as well as freelancers and creatives.

Recently though, there has been an observable paradigm shift. Big businesses are starting to dip their toes into co-working pools. We're starting to see established brands and firms embracing the opportunities that arise when their staff co-locate spaces with small businesses and freelancers.

The economic and convenient benefits of co-working spaces, as well as the need to woo prospective staff with a collaborative company culture, is just the beginning. These spaces also provide a productive and beautifully designed environment to work in, which is enabling bigger businesses to change the way they work and re-think the mobilisation of the workplace.

Is this the future? Join us for a dynamic discussion, followed by drinks and networking.

Speakers include:

David Kosky - Co-founder, Work.life

David is one of the co-founders of work.life. Before setting up work.life he spent 7 years in alternative fund raising for a variety of institutions, businesses and start ups and was involved in investment deals totalling over $1bn. He has expertise in marketing, fundraising and strategic growth for early stage businesses.

Tuukka Toivonen - UCL Institute for Global Prosperity as Senior Lecturer in Social & Economic Innovation

Tuukka works at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity as Senior Lecturer in Social & Economic Innovation. Originally from Finland, he directs the institute's flagship programme, the MSc in Global Prosperity (due to launch in September). Tuukka's current ESRC-funded organisational research traces how sustainable entrepreneurs develop their business models through creative interactions within London's collaborative spaces. He is passionate about supporting young transition leaders through co-designing programmes that teach personal resilience, entrepreneurial skills, a global sense of ethics, and a nuanced understanding of the most important problems facing humanity in the 21st century.

Pauline Roussel - Co-founder, Coworkies

Pauline is the co-founder of Coworkies, a future of work company. We are an online coworking directory helping members of coworking spaces to grow their network and find work opportunities globally. A web platform where coworkies (the community of coworkers) can connect with like-minded people to look for job opportunities directly from other coworking people, share knowledge by opening discussions on targeted topics, grow their network by browsing / connecting with coworkers from the same space or even around the city or the world, discover the coworking scene around you by following events and other happenings. Since last year, Coworkies has traveled across 110 coworking spaces in 12 different cities in order to better understand coworking and its growth.

Tony Judd - Managing Director, Enterprise EMEA, Verizon

Tony Judd is the Managing Director for the Largest Accounts plus vertical markets in Retail, Finance and Public Sector. After 30 years of experience in IT and Communications, Tony is widely recognised as an expert in the IT and Communications sector having helped numerous organisations and people grow significantly. He took up his current position after working as Head of Solution Design, Architecture and Sales Engineering - EMEA where he was responsible for end to end solution design, from initial business and architecture consultancy through to detailed service, commercial and technology design.

Prior to joining Verizon, Tony held a variety of executive roles across Sales, Transformation, Service, Solutions and Operations working for companies such as Level 3 and Cable & Wireless.

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