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Our friends over at Loosecubes have kicked off the Summer Coworking Challenge— a month-long campaign to raise the awareness of coworking. From June 6th – July 4th, Loosecubes will be promoting coworking to the masses and encouraging potential coworkers to give it a try (and have fun doing it). Loosecubes members will be able to book any space in the community at no charge.

So, challenge yourself to be happier, more productive, and better connected. Try coworking for FREE and join the movement toward a better way of working.

For more information and to get involved in the Summer Coworking Challenge, click here.

If you are interested in booking a loosecube at DEGW, check out our space profile!

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By Peter Bacevice,
How often does a fast growing entertainment start-up company hang out with your team? Has a sustainable food blogger enlightened you over lunch, or has a fashion designer inspired your upcoming summer look with a virtual runway? It is accepted wisdom that creativity stems from chance encounters. In some organizations, chance encounters are often embedded in routines among colleagues. At best, you might run into someone you haven’t seen in a while as you grab coffee. But a new workplace trend will ensure that you encounter some radically different people and ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

photo: Chris Doss Photography

By Pete Bacevice
Many cool things have been “popping up” lately in DEGW’s New York office.  After writing about “pop up businesses” and “organizational agility” in recent blog posts, we decided to get some first hand exposure to these trends by importing some if it to our space.

We partnered with Teknion to create a “pop-up” interactive zone in our space to serve as a gathering spot and focal point for our recent office open house.  With an RSVP list of nearly 100 people, we wanted to see how quickly our office could be transformed from a workplace to a social venue.  With only a few weeks of lead time, Teknion designed, shipped, and assembled a lounge seating system specifically for this event.  We are continuing to pilot this system for different events and uses, and we will post updates to this blog in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

By Emily Golembiewski
Anybody who has worked with DEGW knows that we are very passionate about what we do – we get unnaturally excited about diagrams, we love talking to people about their work and workspaces, and frankly, we like the diversity of what we do and how we do it.

Which is why it should probably come as no surprise that several of us have extended this enthusiasm and found a few extra hours in the day to take on volunteer work. Volunteer work can be a great way to expand skills, contribute to the community, and provide team members with a sense of  purpose. It’s no coincidence that many of the companies on the Fortune ‘Top Places to Work’ list have volunteer programs.

Now to the fun part: what we’re working on. Read the rest of this entry »

By Bryant Rice
I love whiteboards. Of course I enjoy eliciting, prioritizing, editing thoughts from colleagues or outside groups, but I also enjoy reading them. I think whiteboards are the pictographs of modern life. Lascaux modernized. Read the rest of this entry »

By Dave Collins
“We’re smart apes to develop a society that keeps us indoors on warm summer days”

What if we all worked outside? That is to say, what if the roof and walls of our office buildings were suddenly vaporized and we found ourselves exposed to the breeze and birds? Could we still be productive? Would we still be able to spell check our memos, to pivot our tables, to mail merge our contacts? Would we be blinded by the glare on our laptops?

Let’s say hypothetically for a minute that we live in a climate with ideal weather. Let’s call this place “California”. Let’s also say that we have access to a wireless modem, smartphone, laptop computer and backup rechargeable batteries. What would stop us from working outside all day, every day? Read the rest of this entry »


Welcome to the DEGW North America blog! This is a place for you to get to know us at DEGW a little better and to keep abreast of industry information that could help you and your business. We’ll share details about our travels, projects, lessons learned, goings-ons and achievements. We might even push the status quo from time to time.

You’ll hear from our managing director, directors, consultants, marketing team, clients and more on what we’re doing and how it relates to the world we all work in.

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