American Chamber of Commerce

United Spaces handlar om möten. Möten mellan medlemmar, företag och människor. Om det sker under en keynote-föreläsning, vid baren på en AW eller i loungen, så är det dessa möten som adderar det verkliga mervärdet med att vara medlem på United Spaces.

Idag har vi pratat med Peter R Dahlen, Managing DirectorAmerican Chamber of Commerce som sedan augusti 2016 huserar på United Spaces Waterfront i Stockholm.

Intervjun är på engelska.

 

Tell us a bit more about your company, what are you doing, products/services etc.   

As the voice of American business in Sweden and a non-partisan, non-profit business association, we work on behalf of our members to promote U.S.- Swedish business and U.S. commercial interests in Sweden. All of this combines to help us build and support a strong transatlantic network.

Our work centers on 3 fundamental pillars:
1. Connections through business networking; 2. Knowledge sharing — thought leadership, critical business intelligence, policy developments; and 3. Nonpartisan issue advocacy

We also facilitate a number of Working Committees, which are peer-to-peer professional development forums, issue and industry specific think tanks, and platforms to keep up to date with issues within each committee’s portfolio.

Ultimately, what this means is that we connect people and the companies they work for to foster innovation, and the creation of shared value.

The biggest difference is the sense of community, of being part of a bigger group, and the sense that our network has exponentially expanded.

What are the biggest opportunities that lie ahead for AmCham? 

The opportunity is to build a 21st century business association that leverages the benefits of digitalization to add value for our members and attract new member companies to our network.

What are AmCham’s biggest challenges going forward?

Like any organization, we are adversely impacted by any economic downturn. AmCham’s success is contingent on the success of our member companies. So we focus our efforts on helping foster a climate conducive to business, competition and innovation.

Peter Dahlen, MD at American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden

What’s the biggest difference between working in a traditional office and a collaborative/coworking workspace?

The biggest difference is the sense of community, of being part of a bigger group, and the sense that our network has exponentially expanded.

How has working in a coworking/collaborative workspace changed/influenced how AmCham works today?

It has exposed us to more people than we could previously meet within the confines of our traditional office space. These contacts have led to many meaningful new connections who have added value to our programs. What is more, being at United Spaces and engaging in the community has given rise to new benefits for our members.
Beyond this, when we meet with members, potential members, and stakeholders at United Spaces, they leave inspired by the possibilities of the space.  The full value of the new relationships we have forged has yet to be fully explored, but we are intrigued by the possibilities.

What’s the best thing with United Spaces?

First and foremost, the people — and that starts with the United Spaces team, which has been welcoming and collaborative from day one. After that, it is the sense of possibility that each day brings in terms of new contacts, learning and space for creativity.