This week we have our first contribution from The Midlands, by Latisha Dhir, a Senior Consultant at Avison Young and Co-founder of Women in Planning, West Midlands. In her blog, she discusses how fear of what others think around us can prevent us from embracing the opportunities presented in our eyes. Latisha has overcome her fears in many ways, through starting a conversation with her peers and co-founding a Women in Planning branch in the West Midlands, which helped give her and others like her, greater visibility.
Latisha was recently shortlisted for Greater Birmingham’s Future Faces Award, for her commitment to diversity in planning.
Diversity is a word embedded in our ideas and practices. Companies, networks and professional bodies have become increasingly aware of the importance of this word in creating inclusive and sustainable practices. Whilst there is much to be celebrated in recent years through the establishment of diverse networks (i.e. BAME in Property), I question is this enough to tackle the barriers for BAME professionals.
In recent years the co-working arena has taken off globally. From WeWork to Regus, it's a popular choice for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and those just looking for an inspiring environment to work.
One of BAME in Property’s Partners is WorkSpott, a growing network of drop-in workspaces. They transform underutilised urban locations, such as restaurants and bars, into productive spaces where people can come and get things done.
Workspott’s Co-founder, Van Sharma and BAME in Property’s Founder, Priya Shah believe co-working and diversity come hand in hand. The people you meet and the stories you hear from around the world in shared spaces are the foundation for ideas, different ways of working and appreciation of various cultures.
Here’s our round up on four ways that we think co-working and diversity go hand-in-hand.
1. Grows Your Network
One of the biggest draws to co-working is that you are constantly meeting new people, thereby broadening your personal and professional network. Co-working environments are a great way to get out of the house and make impactful connections that can lead to new prospective clients, relevant connections and even new friends. If this was an office, you’re essentially meeting a new colleague everyday - embrace this, say hello and you never know where that person might fit into your entrepreneurial journey.