Andrew Chang: In The Eyes of a Stranger

April 25, 2012 in Announcements

We are very proud and excited to have some new art hanging in the space. UNR’s Andrew Chang will be showing “In The Eyes of a Stranger” from April 25th – May 9th. This photographic exhibition is an editorialized exaggeration of the duality of man and how we never truly know a person – whether they be family members, friends or significant others – until we take a closer look into their eyes.

Andrew says, “For me, I’ve always learned from experience that the eyes of a person can tell you everything you probably need to know about them. Eyes have the power to reveal, to inspire, to envy, to confide in, to withdraw, or the power to conceal – making it that much harder to trust the people around us. Have you ever met somebody that seemed great on the surface, but as time went by their true identity revealed itself as being otherwise? I think all of us can relate to this concept on some level.”

“I’ve had many examples in my life where that has happened to me and during those encounters I managed to look into their eyes and I saw a completely different person from the one I knew before. It’s amazing how such a small organ of the body has the ability to yield such power for discernment. Which begs the question, how do we truly know which eyes to trust especially if our eyes hold such power to go either way for good or for evil? Every day, we make these moral judgments about the eyes of the ‘strangers’ around us and in return we have to decide – at some point – for ourselves whether to stay in contact with that person or to run away from them. My project is an exploration of that social phenomenon about the ‘strangers’ in our lives and how the eyes truly are the windows to the soul.”

Heady stuff, eh? Andrew came in over the weekend and now we have thirteen pairs of eyes peering out from the South and East upstairs walls. The show opening is tonight from 8PM to 10PM and you can enjoy his artwork anytime you come by the Collective until May 9th.

Calling all RNO Nightowls

April 3, 2012 in Announcements

You “wake up” after the sun has set. Your best work happens when the rest of Reno is in bed. The glow of your laptop screen fuels late night hack sessions. Your brain just functions better in the dark.

Did any of that sound familiar? Yeah, you’re a Nightowl.

Until now you’ve had to labor away in your kitchen or den into the wee hours of the morning but starting Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 (that’s tomorrow!) you can stay up late with us! You see, Flash Mallach, our resident denizen of the night, wants you to know you’re not alone. He is convinced that there is a small cadre of you that shun the ball o’flame in the sky and still crave the same collaborative environment the day-walkers enjoy.

With that in mind, he has arranged to host a Reno Collective Nightowl night every Wednesday from 6PM til 12AM. Wednesdays are already pretty busy around here so we thought “why not finish the day with a bang?”. Nightowl nights also coincide with Hacknights every month which allows us to keep the doors open even later for the hacking.

So, Nightowls start every Wednesday at 6PM and go until 12AM. This event is included with your Reno Collective membership. Not a member? (You should fix that!) If you come in after 6PM the drop-in rate will be $5. We’ll keep the doors open for a couple of hours then you’ll need to use the doorbell to get in.

See you Wednesday night?

Event Details >>

The Collective Crew

February 8, 2012 in Announcements, Profiles

If you’re familiar with the Collective at all, you’ve probably met or at least heard of its fearless founder Colin Loretz. And maybe you’re now wondering why you haven’t seen him around as much. He’s not a fictional character that we made up – he’s just off on a new adventure. Colin and Collective Co-Manager Chris Yoder are off building up a technology company in an undisclosed place in the US. (OK, it’s Texas) Knowing them, we know they’ll be highly successful and will be returning in April to a ticker tape parade, or at least a handful of confetti as they walk through the doors of the Collective.

In the meantime, two illustrious Collective members are running the show. Don Morrison and John Jusayan were integral in setting up the first annual Hack4Reno back in October and the Collective wouldn’t be the same without them. If you haven’t met them both, say hi next time you see them and in the meantime, here’s an informal introduction.

John @jrbj

 

 

John Jusayan helps manage the Reno Collective and writes iOS and Mac apps for his company, Treeness. A UNR alumnus, he earned a B.A. in Creative writing and an M.A. in Computer Science while attending there. In what remains of his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, and listening to music. He’s lived in Reno since 2000, after falling in love with the place.

 

 

Don @elskwid

 

 

Don Morrison works with Amphora Research Systems and is a community manager at the Reno Collective. He is a family man and long-time denizen of Reno, Nevada. He spends his time programming, mostly in Ruby, and drumming, mostly on DW drums. He loves Reno, open data and has a new love affair with the martial art Aikido.

 

Reno Collective Town Hall Recap

December 21, 2011 in Announcements

The Reno Collective Town Hall was held on Dec. 15. We had equal parts members and non-members in attendance. (Lots of people from Hack4Reno!) Here’s a recap of the announcements we made, topics we discussed and some insight into our vision for the future of Reno Collective.

Reno Collective by the numbers

  • 2 year anniversary in January
  • At our 2nd building, 3600 sqft – moved in January 2011
  • 46 members in the arts, tech and social good

Key points from the Town Hall

  • Colin will no longer be managing the space starting in January as he is temporarily relocating to San Antonio for 3 months to a start a new company that will be relocated back to Reno in April.
  • Don Morrison (@elskwid) and John Jusayan (@jrbj) will be managing the space starting in January
  • Reno Collective is transitioning to a non-profit organization by the end of January 2012.
  • We are exploring funding options through local and federal grant programs
  • New proposed membership plans and prices have been created for 2012 (to be announced shortly)
  • Reno Collective exists outside of the “recession” – we started in the recession and we are still open
  • Several members are contributing significant amounts of money on a monthly basis to pay the bills
  • No one has ever made money from the Reno Collective company
  • We are introducing 2 new conference rooms as of Jan 1
  • An audio/visual studio will be available by February for video and audio work, editing, podcasting, etc.
  • We are reaching out to organizations and community resources for partnerships and collaboration.
  • Developing systems to help answer key business questions: membership levels, income, etc
  • Better automation for building access and security

Keeping the Lights On

As mentioned above, Reno Collective is not making enough money to pay our monthly expenses. Several members have stepped forward to help the Collective through this transition. The Reno Collective is currently open because of significant, monthly contributions from Colin, John, Don and Chris but we are within arm’s reach of being entirely sustainable. While this assistance is not a long-term solution, it does allow this important resource to continue to function. We think the Collective is very, very important and we’re keeping it going. It is common for coworking spaces to not reach break even until after their 2nd year of operation which is pretty much spot on for us.

Recent Fervor for Economic Development

If you’ve been paying attention to our area recently, you have probably noticed that there is a lot of discussion around economic development. Look even closer and you’ll see that this discussion is not just between our elected officials and companies in town. It is taking place amongst the people! We believe that we can have a positive impact on the economic future of this region and are actively pursuing funding to help make this belief a reality.

We see Reno Collective as a model for economic development that puts the focus on opportunity identification, talent incubation, and member support. We are in a great position to be among the first to hear about new opportunities and initiatives in and around our area. We have a core group of extremely diverse and talented members that can mentor, guide and support new companies and ideas. Who better to provide support for people that want to build something for themselves than members of Reno Collective?

Creating an Open Source Community

Most organizations and companies are structured as a hierarchy. Reno Collective is not. We are a community. A collective. Or at least we want to be. This has always been our goal but it’s something that we haven’t done as well as we had hoped. Moving forward, this organizational structure will be a priority. We are going to practice what we have been preaching – we want the Reno Collective members to help shape the future of the Collective. We are transforming the Reno Collective into a decentralized, open source project that allows anyone to contribute at any level. Help grow the community, the workspace, our events and classes.

What does this mean?

Reno Collective is going to be an open source project as soon as we are officially a non-profit organization. Reno Collective will be managed by Don and John – they will make sure the bills are paid, and keep the power, internet and of course, caffeine flowing. To this day, not a single person has been paid a salary to run Reno Collective. It has always been a volunteer organization – we’re just making it official.

Who decides what events/classes occur? What about the direction of the Collective as a whole? Who will pick what projects are started? The answer is: You. Want to see a class taught or have skills you want to share? Create the class, get members to pitch in and make it happen. Do you feel like you’d be a great mentor? Do it. Think the building should be wired with ethernet? Looks like we’ll be having a wire pulling party! If you’re great at speaking to media, we’d love to have you involved in promoting community events and the successes of our members.

Open Direction

The direction of the Collective should reflect the direction of the community and the members within. If we have more technical members that are driving us to do projects and outreach, the Collective will be more technical. If we are full of artists, perhaps we’ll focus more on artistic projects and support. It’s up to us.

Open Dollars and Cents

We value the “open” part of open source and to us it is synonymous with transparency. In keeping with that key tenant, we are going to be transparent about everything. Where we get our money, where that money goes, the impact of our funds, etc. All open for anyone to see.

Open Membership

We are introducing new membership levels to make Reno Collective fit more types of work schedules and be flexible enough to make sure our members love working at Reno Collective.

Open Space

We are actively working on a new system to allow better building access with the eventual goal of 24/7 usage possible for our members.

Open Organization

Running like this, as an open self-organizing collective, we will not only show each other what we are capable of (individually and as an organization) but we will be demonstrating to the city and the region what can happen when you are truly passionate about your craft and the work that you do.

Upcoming Events

Mark these in your calendar!

  • January 27th: Ignite Reno #10 – the big ONE ZERO! We are announcing details and call for speakers next week

Release the Hounds!

Over the next few days and weeks we will be releasing information and behind-the-scenes information about Reno Collective and how it runs. If there is something that you want to be involved with, we invite you to join in and build the future.

Collaboration for the win

November 29, 2011 in Announcements, Inspiration

Get a group of people together around a whiteboard and give each of them a different color marker. Set them loose on a topic and you’ll be amazed by what happens. You get the opportunity to see how other people think how they visualize problems and, above all else, how different perspectives can create innovative solutions.

We love whiteboards. We have many whiteboards in all shapes and sizes. One of our members, Chris, has been experimenting with various plastics and plexiglass to get his ideas out of his head and out into the real world.

We had a small area of Ideapaint at our old space and we loved it so when we learned that Ideapaint was having a makeover contest, we knew we had to get involved.

Help us win an Ideapaint Makeover!

Reno Collective is one of the 10 finalists in the ideapaint360 makeover contest. You can vote every day from now until December 4th. Help us out and vote here!

A whole new way to become a member

September 13, 2011 in Announcements, Coworking

We are excited to announce our new Basic Membership at Reno Collective. Up until now we have offered daily drop-ins for $15/day or you could sign up for a cafe or resident membership starting at $150 per month.

Our memberships were great for anyone who works from home or a coffee shop and wants to use Reno Collective frequently but realistically our memberships didn’t make sense for anyone who wants to join the Reno Collective and work here on a less frequent basis. In some cases, we have heard from individuals who just wanted a way to support us and be apart of the community.

Membership Price Access
Basic $25/month 5 days/month, all member benefits
Cafe $150/month Cafe-style coworking, 24/7 access, all member benefits
Resident $250/month Your own desk, 24/7 access, all member benefits

If you’re interested in becoming a basic member, feel free to come down and visit us at the space Monday through Friday, contact us to schedule a tour or we will be at the NCET Expo this friday!

What’s next?

We are going to be rolling out new member and community benefits in the next couple weeks along with our new website including a members only job board and discussion area, new classes, and new gear in the office!

Reno Collective on PSA Today Nevada

July 6, 2011 in Announcements

Last week I sat down with Melanie Flores for PSA Today Nevada to talk about Reno Collective, our workshops, the state of talent in Reno and coworking in general.

There were a lot of topics discussed over 30 minutes but if you’d like to learn more about coworking, our events or what it is like to work at Reno Collective, take a listen!

[audio:https://renocollective.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/PSA_Today_Reno_Collective.mp3]

Topics covered
1. Intro & what is Reno Collective
2. What is coworking?
3. What kind of people work at Reno Collective?
4. Reno tech culture
5. Reno Collective University
6. Collaboration at Reno Collective
7. Local talent and culture in Reno
8. Memberships at Reno Collective
9. Events at Reno Collective
10. Ignite Reno

If you want to check out Ignite Reno, it is coming up at the end of the month!

Reno WordCamp After Party Tonight!

June 4, 2011 in Announcements

Join us as we celebrate WordPress, the web and online publishing with a few libations at Reno Collective. We’re excited to be hosting the after party sponsored by MediaTemple, a great hosting solution that we use for both Reno Collective and Lively Labs.

Where is Reno Collective?

522 Lander Street (map)
Reno, NV 89509
Cross Streets: California & Lander Street

 

Introducing RCU: Reno Collective University

April 28, 2011 in Announcements

Have you wanted to learn a new skill but had a hard time figuring out where to start? You could try and find university courses but often times the curriculum is not updated fast enough to keep up with the constantly changing world around us. This is especially true in the areas of design, software development and online marketing.

More than ever before, there is a high demand for talented, tech savvy individuals that possess skills that are not taught in traditional classrooms. The majority of the existing talent in this area is self taught by necessity and we feel this is something we can help with by providing classes that are easily accessible to anyone who is eager to learn.

Reno Collective University

We are excited to announce the start of Reno Collective University. RCU is our way of sharing the knowledge and expertise of our members and community partners and teach you how to really get things done and make a difference in your job or business.

Our inaugural classes include topics on online marketing metrics, startup business, software development and web design. These classes vary in length from 2 hour night courses to 4-7 hour hands-on workshops on saturdays for topics including PHP, Ruby on Rails, iPhone apps, web design, Photoshop, accounting, Google Analytics and more.

This course catalog will continue to grow over time, with an average of eight classes a month. If you have a class you would like to see or even teach yourself, please let us know at university@renocollective.com.

Reno Collective Members learn free!

If you have a membership at Reno Collective, all of these courses will be available to you free of charge. If you are not yet a member but would like to learn more, email Colin at colin@renocollective.com or stop by the space at 522 Lander Street during the week.

This Week at the Reno Collective: Ignite #7 & A local makerspace being planned!

April 4, 2011 in Announcements, Events

Ignite Reno is Back!

Ignite Reno is this Thursday at Se7en on West from 7 to 9:30pm! We’ve been looking forward to bringing this event back, & we’ve got a great selection of speakers to kick off our 2011 season, for sure! Head to www.ignitereno.com for information and to check out past videos!

Reno Makerspace

This week we’re proud to host the planning meeting for the Reno Makerspace. Makerspaces, or hackerspaces, are like coworking communities but are more focused on creating or hacking physical products. They may be housed in a garage, a warehouse, offices or anywhere people can get together to put things together or take them apart.

Makerspaces and hackerspaces have been crucial in supporting do-it-yourself (DIY) culture in many cities, as well as increasing youth interest in applied sciences. We went to MakerFaire, an event that showcases home-made art, incredible hand-built contraptions, robots and other wonders in San Mateo a couple years ago and came back to Reno excited to see the same type of creativity and creation bustling in our city!

We learned of a couple different groups who have been working to assemble such a space here in Reno (they even collected enough money to build a Makerbot- how cool!) and jumped at the chance to have them meet here at the collective. (Last month a scheduling conflict came up on our end, but they’ve forgiven us.)

Come down tomorrow night, April 5th, starting at 6pm to meet the makers and learn about their plans, and maybe even join them in making their space a reality!

Events

For details, please visit out events page >>

  • Tuesday: Reno Makerspace Meeting
  • Wednesday: Lunch with TED
  • Thursday: Ignite Reno #7
  • Friday: Beer 30 Happy Hour

Don’t forget our WordPress Crash Course Workshop coming up on April 16th! If you build or maintain websites then you have probably at least heard of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system. Come spend a day at the collective and learn the ins and outs of this versatile and powerful web software. Workshop info and registration can be found at Eventbrite >>