Nest has been running for almost three years now, and some of its current residents have been there since day one. The environment is very community-oriented and requires residents to participate in its regular traditions and events, including weekly dinners. “If you don’t add value, you don’t receive value,” says resident and Chairman Analisa Winther. Winther herself resonates with the plenty of others her age feeling increasingly lonely in our modern world. She strongly believes that a tribe mentality can help make the switch into feeling part of a true community.
“I started to wonder: why am I so happy!? I realized that it was because I have three different tribes that I’ve become a part of and these make me happy on a daily basis. These tribes are my family of the moment.”
The three communities of which Winther is referring to are her workplace, her home (Nest), and an active online community of which she is a part of. She reflects that it is their shared values which make them successful at creating a sense of community: Care, Dare, and Share. Care for each other, Dare to engage, and Share among one another. It’s this very attitude that is lacking from the global citizen community as a whole, and people’s individual mindset is inhibiting them from harnessing a greater collective power.
The power of Nest lies within their distinct demographic. Requiring their candidates to have a high-level knowledge set is what makes their home such an inspiring place to be. “When you have smart people living together: good things happen!” The community has found that their size has been perfect for always being able to facilitate new engagement with people, while also getting to know some folks pretty well. Not only has this been socially valuable for the house’s residents, but over 56% of people living there have ended up working together on startup projects, “there’s no way you can leave Nest without having something good happen to you!” says Winther.
Embracing cosmopolitan tribes just may be the key to combating modern loneliness after all…
This article is a part of our series on micro-metropolitan living concepts around the world. We have recently received a grant from the Dutch Creative Industries Fund to explore this trend further and will be sharing our findings via Pop-Up City throughout the upcoming months.