Where did the name, The Guild, come from?
The Guild, a collaborative coworking community and the first of its kind in south Denver, opened doors nearly two years ago in the Englewood Town Centre. The Guild not only brought 80-100 new businesses to the neighborhood, it also joined the community as a place for events and gatherings.
Collaborative coworking introduces the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge, experiences, and expertise in addition to a work space with a cross-collaborative group of professionals who value authentic community.
Coworking is the shared use of an office space by people who typically are self-employed – think entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, and contractors – typically to share equipment such as printers, Wi-Fi, and desks.
Collaborative coworking introduces the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge, experiences, and expertise in addition to a work space with a cross-collaborative group of professionals who value authentic community. Instead of catering to one specific industry, the Guild houses a variety of professionals of differing backgrounds, experiences, and expertise providing collaboration, networking, and a sense of community in order to “do life” side by side and help each other realize professional dreams while being a part of something bigger than self.
“Coworking isn’t a new notion. In 15th-century Florence, painters, sculptors, architects, engineers and scientists worked together in the Renaissance “bottega.” Bottega workshops brought together different types of talent to compete, collaborate, learn and improve, most often under a master teacher. These bottegas created environments that increased the level of discussion among diverse groups and helped these individuals to turn their ideas into actions. The interactions led to higher levels of innovation for all.” – Entreprenur.com
In ancient times, guilds were designed as learning communities – places where skills were shared and new pathways discovered. People with one expertise teamed up with others with differing skill sets and amazing things began to happen that were bigger than any individual could have imagined. Cathedrals rose, symphonies were written, and Shakespeare’s plays sprang to life on the stage.
Community. Collaboration. Coworking.
Just like during the Renaissance, members at The Guild will find colleagues who know what they don’t know and who want to know what they do know. Entrepreneurs who are just getting started will work alongside solopreneurs who are already well down that road. Established business owners can get fresh perspectives on their business. Visual artists can interact with systems and bookkeeping professionals who know how to structure back-end support. And systems people will benefit from being in community with artists who can make their I.T. consulting work sound like a Fortune 500 venture. Some professionals choose to work alone, but most prefer to work alongside others–preferably others who can help them succeed–in a community where people can safely share their aspirations and work together to turn them into reality.
Flexible, adaptable space for rent
The Guild offers over 6,000 square feet of open seating, designated desks, private offices, consulting and community rooms, meeting spaces, and an intimate in-house concert venue. Members typically sit at a couch or at a high-top coffee bar, burn calories at a standing desk or relax outside in the park-like setting to soak up some sun.
Wherever they perch for the day, members enjoy unlimited coffee, pop up snack options and community. After hours, the Guild provides a built-in social group with which to grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby bars and restaurants, work out at the gym upstairs, or catch a concert in the park just outside.
You’re invited to join us!
Whether you live in Englewood or a neighboring community, we invite you to bring your career dreams and aspirations to the Guild. Together we’re bringing our unique skills, perspectives, talents, experiences, networks, and hopes into a community crafted to move us all toward the life we envision.