Thinc-tern Chronicles: Meet Elaine Hanratty

We’ve got not one, but two, awesome interns this summer here at Thinc! We’re proud to have them flitting about the office learning the in’s, out’s, and most importantly integrating them with our ThincMembers.

We talk about plenty of strange subjects, and today’s happen to center around the fifth ocean. Yep, you read that right. Just as Pluto was demoted from its’ planet status years back, now the oceans have conspired and created a fifth entity- the Southern Ocean. But that’s just one of our strange ways of inducting the interns, testing them on obscure geography.

But Elaine Hanratty, a soon-to-be graduate of Armstrong University, talks about what it’s like to dive in headfirst in understanding the coworking scene.

Without further adieu….Elaine.

“What is your definition of Coworking? My initial thought when asked this question was “Um, I don’t know…people working together?” Yes, Coworking involves people working together, but after a few short weeks of interning at ThincSavannah I’ve learned it is so much more than that.

Initially, like any good college student, I took to google to help me define the term.

Wikipedia’s definition of Coworking: “a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization.”

While this an accurate definition, there are important aspects missing.

To be honest, when I started my internship for ThincSavannah I still wasn’t quite sure what it was exactly. If everyone there would be working for their respective businesses, then what I was even going to be doing?  Into my first week I realized this, ThincSavannah isn’t just an office rental space, but a community of creative individuals who share a passion for making their businesses work and grow. Because all of our coworkers are small business owners, freelancers and artists, this in turn also means they share a passion for making Savannah flourish.

I find it so inspiring to see so many creative minds at work, including the three people who keep ThincSavannah on the rails- Ashley, Tom and Elise. To many, the Thinc staff would just act as landlords, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Thinc’s Year of the Local party is a fabulous way to bring our community together to network, socialize and learn about local food, art and talent this great city has to offer.”

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