Grabbed by the Idea of a Space
What led to the idea of creating the Star Cluster Space, a co-working, learning & community concept.
‘If you aim for the moon, you land among the stars’ and form a cluster with other stars, part of a constellation. You are part of a group. The urge of being part of a community is ingrained in us, situated in our mammal part of the brain. it has huge importance and positive intention, as it ensures that we stay safe, survive and thrive. In all days of our ancestors, being expelled from the group was one of the biggest punishments. As an outcast, you were always suffering hardship, in the worst-case scenario quick death. In today’s age, it’s the same mechanism that lets us want to be part of a family, a tribe.
Having a traveller’s heart with a strong curiosity for cultures, languages, ethics and behaviour made me study hotel management and have a career with Hilton. And that’s when I first encountered the community feeling. It didn’t matter in which country or city, whenever I walked into the staff entrance, I felt part of a micro-cosmos. I belonged, no matter what time of the day it was or in which department I was working. As teams, you encountered the funniest, stressful, surprising, exciting, horrible, useful and beautiful things that became our shared memories. The glue that not only connected us but forged live long friendships and became the foundation of my resilience. Everybody knew, when the going gets tough, it will be tough, but you’re going through it together. It’s an immediate, face-to-face, real-time experience.
When I left the hotel industry after six years, I didn’t realize at the time that the next industry I joined runs according to the same principles. Now I’d say that it is harder to find the difference between a theatre and a hotel rather than listing similarities. If you wonder why I left a successful career in the first place, here’re are the reasons: I have a very strong creative side to me and the second best thing to being on stage myself was to become part of the world where my passions lie.
Also, I believed that it would give my work/life more purpose, i. e. that sense of fulfillment. Well, I was partly right. When you become part of a producing opera house/theatre, you do play a crucial part in making the performance happen. Bringing such a special ‘product’ to people, reaching them in person, on an emotional level through music, singing and dancing carries purpose. What I also experienced again was this sense of family or community. The same thing happened whereas an overall team (with lots of different departments, type of people, languages and nationalities) you were pulling on the same rope, honouring the motto ‘the curtain has to go up’ – no matter what. I don’t know if you can imagine what that means, but let me share with you that it’s not exaggerated to say that every possible, highly emotional, complex, unthinkable situation occurred. Me being a storyteller by choice probably subconsciously knew that it would give me material for a lifetime!
Yet, after seven exciting years in the performing arts; the pressure and working hours took their toll. I had to admit to myself that I wasn’t fulfilled. You can imagine that admitting to myself that this wasn’t it (although I so believed it) was a truly shitty moment. It took several months to work through that experience and I had absolutely no idea, what to do next. It was not until I was recovering from a foot operation that I was researching the option of leaving Switzerland (again). That’s where I literally stumbled across coaching and after months of not knowing anything, it became clear in an instance. That was the missing purpose piece; being of service and working impactful 1:1 with people. I cannot even begin to describe the joy, relief and exhilaration that came with that clarity. The program of Erickson International College struck a chord with me and therefore, moving out to Vancouver an educational sabbatical just felt right. The path of coaching and neuro-linguistic programming proved exactly right, and it led me to stay in Canada, as a self-employed coach, advisor, artist and storyteller.
Guess what happened when I started working as a coach from home in a city that is not my hometown? Exactly. I started to miss both, being part of a community and the in-person interaction with others. I felt I’m doing something very meaningful, but the cooperation and community were missing. Wanting to bring all three (and more 🙂 together and seeing that there are others looking for the same, gave birth to this idea of creating the ‘Star Cluster Space’ a co-working, co-learning & community concept.
We believe everybody deserves to belong to a community; be it to connect with others through work, play, learning or just to show up in person and feel part of it. Star Cluster Space is based on this principle and uniquely combines co-working with education, entertainment and creating a community across all ages.
The facilities and programs are based on the input of the community members in entertainment, hospitality, art, visual design and professional services. People that work from home, on the road, in small teams, as new arrivals to the city or starting out their business. Being true to the nature of a community it strives to bring together people from youth to senior age; from apprentices to entrepreneurs, to retirees, to artists, to professionals, to academics and people in transition.
Star Cluster Space achieves this by combining its facilities with specially created programs and initiatives that actively foster productivity, cooperation, compassion and connection. Becoming a member means much more than ‘just’ renting a desk or an office. It means that you become part of the cluster, the constellation. We from the team see it as our mission you becoming involved, grow personally and getting the most out of your membership. Star Cluster Space aims to become the place where innovation sits right next to education and entertainment, where the atmosphere ranges from a theatre, a library, a laboratory, a working garage to a space of a drive, wonder and welcome. Think a community center merges with a co-working space, a theatre and a hotel where people work, cooperate, connect, learn, and socialize in person.
I’m very grateful and excited that the project is gaining momentum. That is why I’ve chosen now to tell you all about it. I invite you to engage in the project if you’re sitting there nodding your head. Let me know what came up when reading this and would you like to know more, share ideas, give input? I invite you to become part of the Star Cluster Space community!
We are envisioning to be part of the future of Granville Island.
‘There is nothing like a dream to create the future.’