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A snapshot of public events happening at Camaraderie, or events related to Camaraderie members, for Aug and Sep 2010.

an art reception at Camaraderie with Alexa Clark
  • Aug 3, 7:00pm, free
  • An exhibit of the new art installation at Camaraderie, with photographer Alexa Clark
Business Matchmaking Workshop
an event at Camaraderie with Maven Business Matchmakers
  • Sep 15, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, free
  • Tips on how marrying your experience with your personality can help you 'close' the deal.
  • Note: this was postponed from Jul

a Camaraderie event
  • Sep 21, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, free
August Wanderlust
Despite getting busier in the office, we know that some people tend to relax and take it easy in Aug. Travel, patios, and beachtime are the summertime orders of the day in Aug for some folks.

Camaraderie News
We have a few things brewing here at Camaraderie. In addition to building a great community, we're laying the groundwork for the future. One step into the future is our strategic partnerships, and though we were hoping to be able to announce some new partnerships this summer, they will have to wait until the fall instead. And a few more steps into the future is another location for us, and for that we're currently forming an advisory board to help us in the right direction. We've got some really great folks on board already, and their knowledge and experience will go a long way in forming the freelance community we're part of.

Featured member
We love to showcase our members and what they're up to so that you can get to know one another. We asked Bartek Ciszkowski to talk about four topics. Here he is:

Company Name and Brief Description
My company is myself. I am a web developer specializing in Python, Django, front-end development and SEO / Marketing strategy. I'm currently working with a mix of organizations and starting to get into doing some work with local community organizations as a way to give back to my city. I love to develope web software and tinker with everything out there. 
I have too many books I have yet to read. I love working with others on projects so if you're looking for a partner on any project, let's talk!

How does being an entrepreneur fit into your live/work balance? 
Balance? Sometimes it's hard to shut off after 5pm when I really should. You know how sometimes you'll talk to a programmer and they just kind of stare off in the distance and zone out all of a sudden? They probably just figured out how to solve a previous problem. Regardless, I enjoy the freedom to more or less set my own hours and do my best to keep time for personal life, friends, etc.

Top thing you get out of working from Camaraderie?
After coworking at Camaraderie for 2 months, I feel that the top thing I've got out of it is inspiration. There is such a wide range of people and companies within the space doing amazing things. This has inspired me to reach out to my local community with my skill set and try to give back.

One thing you'd like to see change/start/happen at Camaraderie:
There seems to be many plans brewing, so I'm generally excited to just see what comes next as Camaraderie is very young and has a lot of potential. 

Potential @ Camaraderie
The current art exhibit was installed last month, and our walls are now bursting with colour. Alexa Clark's framed photography is gracing our walls; they are inspiring and fun, and every one of them tells a story. Potential @ Camaraderie highlights the untouchable bond of friends to the detailed texture of found objects.

You’ll be able to enjoy the current exhibit until early Sep.

Join us for a reception on Aug 3 and meet the artist. (RSVP requested)

Next book club meetup
Unfortunately we had really low registration numbers for the first book club, but we also recognise that it's summer and it was a short time to read the book and be fully prepared for a great discussion about it. However, we're charging on and have selected another book that we have mentioned on our blog before.
Join us on Sep 21 for our next meetup to discuss Connect! A Guide to a New Way of Working. It's a book about finding and using resources and process to be the ultimate web worker. 

So, if you're going away for Aug, be sure to add this to your beachside reading list and prepare yourself for a great discussion.

Until next time
Ponder this quote for a moment:
Someone's sitting in the shade today because
someone planted a tree a long time ago. 

-- Warren Buffett

What trees are you planting today?
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