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Casual Co-Working Jellys: Brilliant or Baffling?

Telecommuting is gaining popularity during the recession, and while many of you say you'd jump at the chance to work from home, some of you pointed out that you'd miss the camaraderie that comes with an office environment.

NYC friends and roommates Amit Gupta and Luke Crawford felt the same way when they began working from home, so they started Jelly as a solution. Read on to find out what it means to Jelly.

Amit and Luke describe Jelly as "casual co-working," and here’s how it works: An organizer chooses a Jelly date and location, which can be anywhere from someone's apartment to a coffee shop, as long as it has free WiFi. Attendees bring their laptops and/or something to work on, and everyone works together but separately, bouncing ideas off each other as needed. Jellys are currently happening all over the country and take place every couple weeks or so.

On one hand, Jellys might be an ingenious solution to the isolating nature of working from home. On the other hand, it might be distracting to share a space with people who are all working on completely different projects, and in different fields. What do you think about Jellys — are they brilliant or baffling?

Source: Flickr user Lachian Hardy

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Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Since I am in a field where I totally cannot do this (teacher), I can say that I did this in college and will in grad school as well. There is something calming about being in a room with other people, working silently, but being able to ask a question or bounce ideas off each other if you need to. I even did it at home, to a degree. My boyfriend would be working on his work stuff, and I'd be writing a philosophy paper, and I could be like "What kind of argument is this?" and he could say "Do you like this bit of xyz?" It's productive, and a nice to turn to someone if you are stuck.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
we did this a lot in school - working on papers or our thesis, obviously the general field of study was the same but the topics varied quite broadly...and we would sit in the study room or library or starbucks or apartment and work seperately, often quietly, but would have the other to bounce ideas off of, bitch, moan, commiserate, and laugh with when you got helps to keep you on task while providing the opportunity to socialize and take quick mental health breaks
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