By Cat Johnson // Shareable.net Ten years ago this month, coworking was born in San Francisco when Brad Neuberg set up some card tables and invited people to work alongside him. There are now over 3,000 coworking spaces worldwide. Countless people have helped coworking become a global movement. Shareable reached out to some of these visionaries to find out what they’ve learned in the past 10 years, what the future of coworking will bring, and what challenges the movement faces. Weighing in on the conversation are Alex Hillman, cofounder of Indy Hall; Ronald van den Hoff, cofounder of Seats2meet; Liz Elam, Executive Producer of the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC); Tara Hunt, cofounder of… Read More
How about $700,000? In 2016, GCUC USA will have an estimated 400 attendees that will inject over $700,00 into your city’s economy. Booking accommodations, eating, drinking and Ubering all over the place! Attracts people from around the world. Coworkers travel from all around the world to come to our conference, creating a unique diversity of visitors in your city. Attract more coworking operators to your city. Astound us with your awesome city and maybe we’ll expand there or move our operations… you never know. We’re a crazy lot. Great opportunity to make connections with hundreds of other like-minded people. Not only will this conference attract hundreds of people to come to your… Read More
By: Erin Griffin, former Community Curator at NextSpace Berkeley. It was awesome when I did it, but it is even more awesome now that I am not doing it. Let me explain… Without a doubt, opening and operating a coworking space was the biggest project of my life. When I was hired to open NextSpace Berkeley nearly three years ago, I was a newbie to California. I was expected to not only build a 9,000 square foot space but to also leverage the Berkeley network which I was still nurturing since I had only been in the area for little over a year. Those were some serious expectations that I had to… Read More
The Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) is a three-day conference dedicated to providing support, education and inspiration to the coworking industry. GCUC (pronounced “juicy”) attracts existing and prospective coworking owners and operators, executive suites industry, corporations interested in promoting collaboration, commercial real estate professionals, investors, scholars, those interested in the future of work, and a wide variety of vendors from around the world. Evolving from a pre-SXSW happy hour in 2007 to the three-day conference and unconference it is today. GCUC’s growth reflects the tremendous growth of the coworking movement as a whole. GCUC is the premier US coworking conference and a global leader in the coworking movement. We are looking for… Read More
By Gretchen Spreitzer, Peter Bacevice and Lyndon Garrett via the Harvard Business Review. There seems to be something special about coworking spaces. As researchers who have, for years, studied how employees thrive, we were surprised to discover that people who belong to them report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point higher than the average for employees who do their jobs in regular offices, and something so unheard of that we had to look at the data again. It checked out. So we were curious: What makes coworking spaces – defined as membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote… Read More
By Copass There’s no doubt that the GCUC 2015 coworking (un)conference was a smashing success. Bringing together around 300 people from across the USA and further afield, it was a meeting of the minds to discuss the intricacies, challenges and opportunities that coworking faces today. A gathering of independent projects and visions, GCUC brought us together under one common project, one shared mission: coworking. This ambiguous and open word is exactly what gave it strength at GCUC this year, where everyone’s own work could be conceived of as under one umbrella, within one superstructure. Click here for the full article.
by Mike McKeown, The Best Workplace Last week I participated in the 2015 Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Berkeley, CA. While I don’t personally operate a coworking space, I approached the conference from the POV of a design and workplace strategist. The coworking community has always had an appeal to me, a certain buzz I continue to try to pinpoint, both personally and professionally. Happy to say, GCUC delivered. A common thread throughout the conference was the notion that “we’re not competitors, we’re collaborators.” While coworking has built an authentic and enviable community, and there was plenty of fun to be had, GCUC proved to be so much more. Coworking is serious business, demonstrated by… Read More
By Cat Johnson // Shareable.net To kick off last week’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference in Berkeley, Ca., Tony Bacigalupo, co-founder of New Work City, posed a question: Who thinks coworking means dividing up office space to sell at a profit? Not a hand went up. He then asked those who think coworking is something more than that to raise their hand. Nearly every hand in the room shot up, accompanied by cheers, shouts, and hollers of approval. And with that, we launched into three days of community building, information sharing, and planning around coworking. Click here for the full article.
With GCUC USA 2015 fast approaching, the DeskHub team has been getting super stoked about sponsoring Camp GCUC! We’re so excited to learn from other attendees while sharing our experiences, both the good and the not so good, of getting our spaces open and running over the past year. Without giving away too much about the day (or the swag!), we are confident that those of you just getting started and/or at the conference for the first time will leave with new skills and the confidence to move forward (or frankly with the realization that you don’t) and a peer support network that will help guide your journey. At DeskHub, we aspire to help… Read More
Get your Grub On at GCUC in Berkeley and other helpful tips and tricks – in order by awesomeness, and compiled by Erin Griffin of NextSpace! Welcome to the food mecca of the universe!!!! You are going to eat very well and your belly is going to love you for it! The NextSpace community is here to help you find the perfect place to chow down. We’re mainly suggesting restaurants in the downtown so you don’t have to travel far during the conference, but some of our dinner suggestions are located in the historically famous Gourmet Ghetto which is all of a 15min walk from downtown. Yelp will be your best friend… Read More