On a cleantech speaking tour of Ukraine, I was introduced to a wicked awesome coworking space in Kiev, Chasopys. Pictures below.
Ukrainian green incubator Greencubator and solar company Activ Solar hosted me on a cleantech speaking tour around Ukraine last year. Lucky for me, this was before all of the political turmoil there and I got to spend time in Crimea as well as Kiev. I’ve already written ~10 articles about different aspects of my trip here on CleanTechnica, but there’s one story I’ve been meaning to share for a long time and am finally finding the time to write. As the subheading above notes, it’s about a coworking space in Kiev that I got to visit and speak at, Chasopys. (Here’s the Ukrainian site for Chasopys if you happen to read Ukrainian.)
Coworking is nothing new, but it’s still not that widespread. The idea is that you can go use a space in a shared room or facility and work alongside strangers. Of course, if you use the space enough, many of them might end up becoming friends or actual coworkers. Naturally, there are social benefits that come from such arrangements. There are often also big environmental benefits — shared spaces and facilities require less land development and more efficiently use the resources and energy present. (That’s why this is on CleanTechnica.)
Chasopys does things a bit differently than most, however. It has several rooms, each with very different and interesting themes. It’s hard to paint the picture simply by describing them, but hopefully my pictures are decent enough that you can get the idea. Check them out and if you are ever in Kiev, be sure to visit Chasopys!
(Note: Chasopys had just closed when we first came by and I took these pictures, but they let Roman show me around quickly before my speaking arrangement there the next day.)
Back to the Library, and Cafe
Very cool place, imho. If I lived in Kiev, I have a feeling I’d be spending a lot of time at Chasopys.