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Monday, July 26, 2010

Working Collectively Into The Night

A trend is popping up that involves people who tend to work late into the night, mostly alone, who are now forming groups of night owls and getting together to collectively and cooperatively pursue their pet projects or just catch up on things they can't accomplish during the day. The New York Times gives credit to Allan Grinshtein and Amber Lambke for forming "the New York Nightowls, a sort of study hall for entrepreneurs, freelancers and software developers who gather at 10 every Tuesday night and stay as late as 4 a.m."

Ms. Lambke, a creative consultant, says “The goal is to come, get inspired, meet new people and get work done,” and that “It’s six hours of uninterrupted, productive time where you’re surrounded by other creative people doing awesome things.” 

Personally, I've long been aware of the concept of Third Tuesdays, where generally tech savvy ilndividuals or at least those interested in technology get together once a month to socialize and learn from each other. I've long felt that our community would benefit from such a group, but now I'm liking the night owl concept even more. 

Michael Thorpy, director of the Sleep-Wake Disorder Center at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx says “Our circadian timing of sleep is affected by genetics, and people all differ,” and “If it fits in with their lifestyle, it can work very well,” he said. “A large part of their waking day is when things are quieting down.”

Now if we could only find a  place to meet and get stuff done... hmm.