coFWD is unlike anything you’ve ever seen; it’s not an office, it’s not a farty design agency, nor is it a ‘creative hub’ of people with funny hats. It’s in its own bracket of brilliance. Being self employed I have always wanted a community of like minded individuals to converse with, and being locked up at home wasn’t cutting it – aside from silly networking events where people tried to sell you carpet samples and dried fruit.
I attended my first Tuttle in Rochester and was blown away at the fact no one was doing a hard sell or handing out business cards, or had any dried food stuck in their facial hair. People were willing to chat about things that were legitimately interesting. It felt like I had stumbled onto something really special – and I did.
Fast forward a few months and coFWD at 161 was born. After being shown around the building I was in love – the tea urn sealed the deal, I mean, the lovely people. The fact that people can turn up and do their thing is great, what is even more special is the fact there are no rigorous GIVE US YOUR MONEY plans; which allows students or start-ups to experience the utter magic that is coFWD without feeling like they need to supply their credit card details first (whilst contributions of time, humor and participation are far more valuable). It’s great for me to come by usually once a week to break up my week and chat with the fine folks of coFWD.
It might sound like some bad cliché but you couldn’t meet a finer band of people, unlike soulless bods that occupy offices; the 161 troop I could definitely call friends, rather than jerks with bad ties.
So WHAT IS coFWD? No idea, all I know is that it’s probably the best thing local for someone doing and initiating interesting stuff.
Simon Sayers (@PRorguk)