February 21, 2024
3 min read

Interview With Nimbler Spaces: Community in Coworking

Haley Grant
Co-Founder of Sync

In today's dynamic work environment, coworking spaces serve as vibrant communities where creativity and collaboration intersect. One coworking space in particular, Nimbler Spaces, goes beyond providing just desks and WiFi; they prioritize building a strong community at the heart of their business.

Join us as we chat with Meda Kundrotaitè, Community Director at Nimbler, to delve into how this coworking space prioritizes fostering a sense of belonging, and how these principles propel it forward in today's ever-changing landscape.

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Hi, Meda! Can you tell us a bit about Nimbler Spaces and what you do?

At Nimbler Spaces, we're revolutionizing the flexible workspace industry with a focus on flexibility, agility, innovation and community. As the Community Director, I lead a global team spanning Miami, Chicago, and Lisbon.

My responsibilities range from developing strategic initiatives for my department and defining KPIs to overseeing business performance and fostering innovation within our workflows. With a passion for creating spaces where professionals thrive, I'm dedicated to ensuring our members have access to a supportive environment that encourages growth and collaboration.

I'm honored to play a role in shaping the future of work and helping our members achieve their goals in spaces that inspire creativity and collaboration.

Describe Nimbler in three words.

Flexible. Agile. Innovative.

What do you love most about working in this industry?

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is witnessing the impact of our community-centric approach firsthand. 

By fostering meaningful connections and providing opportunities for growth and development, we're not just creating a workspace; we're building a supportive ecosystem where individuals can thrive professionally and personally.

What role do you think coworking spaces play in giving people a sense of belonging in their work environment? 

I truly believe that flexible workspaces  play a crucial role in providing people with a sense of belonging in their work environment by fostering a supportive and inclusive community. These spaces offer more than just a place to work—they provide opportunities for meaningful connections, collaboration, and networking. 

By bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds, industries, and professions, spaces like Nimbler create a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose. We offer a platform for people to exchange ideas, seek advice, and build relationships, ultimately contributing to a greater sense of belonging and fulfillment in the workplace. Additionally events, workshops hosting and other organized social gatherings, further strengthen the sense of community and belonging among members. 

Overall, flexible workspaces serve as more than just a physical workspace; they are hubs of connection and support that help individuals feel valued, respected, and part of something larger than themselves.

How would you describe the community experience at Nimbler? 

The community experience at Nimbler is nothing short of transformative. It's a vibrant and dynamic ecosystem where collaboration, support, and innovation flourish. 

From the moment you step through our doors, you're welcomed into a diverse and inclusive community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for growth and connection. 

Each Nimbler location boasts a unique community with different needs and dynamics. It's beautiful to see how we can adapt and understand each community in every city, tailoring our programming to meet their specific interests and aspirations. This adaptability ensures that every member feels valued and included, contributing to the rich tapestry of our global Nimbler family. 

Moreover, we extend our community engagement beyond the walls of Nimbler Spaces by organizing events and supporting local businesses and initiatives. Whether it's partnering with nearby organizations for community outreach projects or hosting pop-up events at local venues, we're committed to enriching the communities in which we operate and fostering meaningful connections beyond our physical spaces. 

In short, the community experience at Nimbler is empowering, enriching, and truly transformative. It's a place where connections are forged, ideas are born, and dreams are realized—a place where you can be your authentic self and achieve your greatest potential.

How does Nimbler stay ahead when it comes to elevating community? 

Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Nimbler. We are constantly exploring new ideas, technologies, and strategies to enhance the community experience and meet the evolving needs of our members. Whether it's implementing cutting-edge technology to improve collaboration, introducing innovative programming to foster connections, or redesigning our spaces to optimize functionality and comfort, innovation is always at the forefront of our approach. 

Secondly, we place a strong emphasis on listening to our clients. We understand that our members are at the heart of our community, and their input is invaluable in shaping the direction of our initiatives. Through regular surveys and one-on-one conversations, we actively solicit feedback from our clients to understand their preferences, challenges, and aspirations. This client-centric approach ensures that we remain responsive to their needs and preferences, allowing us to tailor our offerings and programming to better serve them. 

Last but not the least, we are committed to taking care of our employees, including providing opportunities for growth, and a supportive work environment. We empower our team members to contribute their unique talents and ideas, fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation. By investing in our employees, we ensure they can deliver exceptional service and support to our clients and community, driving our success forward.

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Can you share one story of a time when you truly felt Nimbler was creating community for your members? 

One memorable example of Nimbler creating community and belonging for our members was when we launched Nimbler Lisbon from scratch. In the early days, we were improvising each month, trying to understand what our clients liked the most. I remember being a bit hesitant about organizing a surf session on a weekend because I wasn't sure if people would want to spend their weekend with the Nimbler crew too. However, to my surprise, the activity was a huge success. It sold out quickly, and we reached many people from diverse backgrounds, all coming together for the same purpose.

 It was incredibly rewarding to see how something as simple as a surf session could bring our community together, fostering connections and creating a sense of belonging among our members. This experience reinforced our commitment to listening to our members and organizing activities that resonate with them, ultimately strengthening the bonds within our Nimbler family.

What challenges do you think coworking spaces face in fostering community?

Flexible Workspaces face several challenges in fostering a sense of community, primarily, flex workspaces attract individuals from diverse backgrounds, industries, and working styles. While diversity is a strength, it can also pose challenges in terms of finding common interests and facilitating meaningful interactions among members. Another challenge is the competition for attention. In a bustling environment where members are focused on their own work and projects, initiating conversations and building connections can be difficult. 

Despite these challenges, coworking spaces have the opportunity to overcome barriers and foster a strong sense of community by implementing tailored strategies, prioritizing member engagement, and creating inclusive environments where all members feel valued and supported. By addressing these challenges head-on and actively investing in community-building efforts, coworking spaces can create vibrant and thriving communities that enrich the professional and personal lives of their members.

This is a very exciting time for the flex workspace industry. How do you see the future of coworking evolving? 

The future of the flexible workspaces industry  is indeed an exciting frontier in the ever-evolving landscape of workspaces. As we navigate through an era marked by rapid technological advancements, shifting workforce demographics, and evolving work preferences, this industry  is poised to play an increasingly pivotal role in shaping the way we work and collaborate.

One significant trend Nimbler anticipates is the continued blurring of lines between work and life. With the rise of remote and flexible work arrangements, individuals are seeking environments that offer more than just a place to work—they crave spaces that foster community, creativity, and well-being. As a result, workspaces will evolve to become holistic ecosystems that prioritize not only productivity but also space design, flexibility, holistic wellness, offering amenities such as wellness rooms, meditation spaces, and fitness facilities to support the holistic needs of their members.

Technology will also continue to shape the future of coworking, with advancements such as IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), and VR (Virtual Reality) enhancing the way we interact with physical spaces and enabling more seamless and personalized experiences for members. From smart office environments that adapt to individual preferences to virtual collaboration platforms that connect remote workers in immersive virtual environments, technology will play a central role in driving innovation and enhancing connectivity within coworking communities.

Ultimately, I believe that the future of coworking is shaped by human understanding and human touch, where coworking spaces prioritize understanding the diverse needs, preferences, and aspirations of their members. By fostering a sense of community and belonging, providing personalized experiences, and nurturing human connections, flex workspaces can create environments where members thrive, collaborate, and innovate together, redefining the way we work and interact in the digital age.