Dave Eggers is a writer, editor, and publisher. When he was ready to collect his partners and colleagues into one co-working space, they went two steps beyond opening a traditional office.
First, they allocated space and their afternoon hours to providing after-school tutoring for the neighborhood kids.
Second, because their chosen space was zoned for retail use, they opened up a fake pirate supply store.
What they developed was a model that worked (the “fake” store is even profitable!) and their writing and tutoring centers are now into 8 cities across the country. Our own 826DC and the Museum of Unnatural History is located just down the road at 3233 14TH ST. NW, Washington DC, 20010.