To be able to publish a professional magazine, for our organization unit, it was essential that we first visited an actual magazine company. COSAS magazine was the perfect option. We scheduled an interview with Raul Cachay, editor of COSAS, and planned to ask questions about the layout, the articles, the different roles, etc. Though I was assigned the writing articles questions, I still couldn't help noticing the work environment of the company.
At first I felt a little uncertained and intimidated, I thought that people weren't going to take us seriousely, and that we where just going to waste their time. But as I got to know the place and the people, I saw that actually COSAS wasn't so different to the IA. I took a moment to look at the white board in the room we where at, and I saw how they had brainstormed and discussed themes, ideas, profits, etc. Very similar to how we are organizing ourselves in the organizations project in the IA. What I most liked about the way they worked at COSAS, was that I felt as if everyone was treated with the same respect and value, there was no hierarchy, everyone was given freedom within a frame. COSAS was definetly the type of organization I would like to work in, I feel like i could totally fit in in this type of environment, where people really like what they do.
After this visit, I stayed a while thinking about how incredible it is that in the IA with only 15 years, we are working in a very similar way as the people in COSAS are. We are closer to the real world than we ever thought.