Fjord Fika: We chat with Charles Adler
Episode 25: Many people know Charles Adler as one of the co-founders of Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowdfunding platform (now the world’s largest) that revolutionized how independent creative projects are funded globally. Now, Charles has moved onto his latest venture for independent creatives: Lost Arts, a community workshop in Chicago.
A new format of workspace for ambitious creators in the 21st century, Lost Arts aims to drive innovation through open support of creativity.What began in a 4,000-square-foot abandoned meatpacking plant in 2015 has grown into a 25,000-square-foot space on Chicago’s Goose Island. A blend of laboratory, workshop, atelier, incubator, school and playground rooted in a legacy of interdisciplinary spaces like the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College, Lost Arts isn’t your typical co-working space. With a nod to his Kickstarter roots, Lost Arts seeks to change the way independent creatives create, connect and innovate.
In this Fika break, we talk to Charles about the future of work and alternative workspaces, how you build a new kind of community for ambitious creatives (hint: by making the invisible creative visible), and the legacy of Kickstarter.