The Mix Coworking & Creative Space
The Mix Coworking & Creative Space (The Mix) is an experimental intentional community and collaboration in the marketplace. The Mix is located on the basement level of the historic White Rock United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. The Mix features a wide-open coworking space designed to connect creative people who are passionate about their work and their world. Larger conference rooms as well as plenty of smaller spaces are available for working with small groups or to be alone with your thoughts. Our space also provides over 3500 sq.ft. of event rental space, perfect for a wedding reception or hosting a community events.
“Coworking is a global movement to establish shared workspaces for people who want to work in a community environment that is encouraging and collaborative. Coworking is distinguished from other shared workspace concepts like executive suites and business incubators by its focus on community and collaboration. People who choose to work in coworking spaces do so precisely because they want the energy and insights of coworkers in their workspace. Coworking spaces usually have staff members who help make connections between the members and who coordinate programming for business and social enrichment. Coworking.com lists five core values that embody the spirit of coworking: community, openness, collaboration, sustainability, and accessibility.”
— Together: Community as a Means of Grace (Missional Wisdom Library: Resources for Christian Community Book 2) by Larry Duggins
Coworking Is Not About Workspace — It’s About Feeling Less Lonely
By Steve King
Working remotely has many benefits: flexible hours, no commute, and autonomy and control over how you work, to name just a few.
But as any remote worker will tell you, there are also considerable challenges. According to a variety of studies, isolation and loneliness are among the biggest complaints. Working remotely means missing out on the human interaction and social aspects that being in an office provides.
According to Vivek Murthy, the former Surgeon General of the United States, increasing numbers of remote and independent “gig economy” workers is one of the key reasons for the growing “loneliness epidemic”. Murthy also points out that loneliness is much more than just a social problem. It’s also a health problem, “associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.”
Our research on coworking spaces show that these shared, member-based workspaces where remote corporate workers, startup employees, freelancers, and others “work alone together” can substantially reduce the isolation and loneliness associated with remote work. Some of the key findings from our surveys of coworking space members show that:
87% of respondents report that they meet other members for social reasons, with 54% saying they socialize with other members after work and/or on weekends
79% said coworking has expanded their social networks
83% report that they are less lonely since joining a coworking space
89% report that they are happier since joining a coworking space