In Oakland I am a member of the Impact Hub, a co-working space that attracts forward-thinkers to gather and network and galvanize new ways to bring positive change. There are Hubs all over the world, and I was eager to visit my "office abroad" while I was in the neighborhood.
Before I left, I hosted a Pencil Party where some fun people from HubOakland celebrated the power of the pencil and wrote greetings to Italia.
The kind people at HubRoma agreed to host a corresponding Pencil Party while I was there. My trip being what it was, things fell apart. But Alexa and I did get to visit... and work. I finally was able to interview Alexa, the quintessential DecoBelle (ta-dah), for my book!
|We found it!|
|A whimsical workspace for creative collaboration.|
|Like Facebook...with clothespins. Charming!|
|Galleries where members|
show their work
|Some wonderful crafts and fashions by members. Love this|
cool purse made from re-purposed safety belts.
|HubRoma has a full bar. (For evening events...)|
|During the day, coffee donations, just like home! |
But cups are microscopic.
|The tables are made of recycled cardboard! Brilliant.|
|The beauty of re-fab|
A week after my return, I finally got back to HubOakland. This guy sits down at the table across from me and accidentally knocks the power out of my computer, which has suffered on this trip. I complement his sticker, and he starts talking to me...with that lovely Italian accent I now miss so much. Guess who he is? Dario Carrera, founder of HubRoma!
I had one of those speechless moments where I wished I could think of the right words. Somewhere between It sure is a small world, isn't it? and Vacation never ends, it just changes location, there was a through-the-rabbit-hole feeling that suggested my life would never be the same after this month.