Ivan Brkljač is the project leader of Mokrin House. The project went live in May 2016, and New Year seams like an appropriate time to ask him what he thinks about the first 8 months.
Now that the year is over, how would you recap 2016?
2016 was a big year for us since we completely changed our business model. In May last year we launched Mokrin House as a new concept, and we are more than happy how that is unfolding. We had more than 60 “digital nomads” visit us in the first few months of operation – which was more than we anticipated. I know that I speak for the entire team when I say, we think that we are at the right spot, at the right time, doing the right things.
With that being said, what are the plans for next year?
Ufff.. we plan big things for 2017. We plan to organise a lot of workshops both for our members and for the local community. Also we are starting an internship program for the summer of 2017 which is going to be great. Some great partnership ideas are coming along, but more about that when its formal.
Looking back what is the most positive aspect of running a coliving space in the rural setting?
By far the most positive thing about my job is that I get to meet amazing people that come as guests but leave as friends! The fact that we are located in a village and not a city allows this bond to develop, because here we focused on each other. We work together, we eat together, we play cards & drink together, and the sense of community is sprung upon us much more rapidly than in urban surrounding.