SMARTER, NOT HARDER
Address: Suite 6, Level 1, Building 3, Market Square, Newcastle NSW 2300
Hours: By appointment, 8am-6pm
Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group
Launched: 10 October 2014
Graduated: 30 September 2015
UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2015
I have ‘graduated’ to a co-share workspace in the Roost.
The experience of working under the Renew Newcastle umbrella has been invaluable. Not only did I get to meet the inspiring group of people who form the many Renew projects, but I was also able to establish an initiative with our own Hunter Lunch & Learn program, which brought a range of educational experiences to the community, for free. I have also been able to engage directly with a few of the projects on a one-to-one basis and successfully provide a pathway to a structured approach of engaging their audiences on-line.
Working through Renew I have also been able to engage directly with GPT. While nothing has quite come together to date, I fully expect to be working with them directly within the next year through a new venture I am involved in.
I am a big fan of Renew Newcastle and the thoughtful, inspiring way in which they have enabled many to establish their creative ventures by doing – rather than just talking about it. Renew has made it easy for me to establish a presence in town and to engage with audiences both inside and outside of Renew by enabling spaces both physical and metaphorical that would have been otherwise unavailable to me.
What do you do?
The DIY Media training program was created by Shauna Stafford and Tim Strube, mainstream and social media experts who believe that publicity planning shouldn’t be difficult, complicated or expensive. As small business owners and the parents of two school age children, we know how hard it is to get everything done.
On November 28, DIY Media will be launching our first Hunter Lunch & Learn where we invite interested members of the community to bring their lunch, bring a friend and join us to learn about a range of subjects that fall under the overall premise of communicating smarter, not harder.**
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Renew Newcastle has long inspired us. The idea of reinvigorating a dying town centre from the inside-out and bottom-up by placing creative micro-enterprises into vacant disused space is extraordinary. Our focus on enabling micro- and small business to effectively communicate and present across media borrows from this spirit by empowering the creation of communities that are larger than the sum of its parts.
Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it?
The space is quite unique in its shape. After entering through a walk way, a small open office off to the front of the building makes for a great work spot during the day. Continuing on, the space opens up into a larger area where we will be hosting our ‘Lunch & Learn’ seminars, conducting one-on-one and group media and communications training.
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