Month: February 2015

Help Us, Help You! The Coworking Member Survey

Emergent Research and the Global Coworking Conference Unconference are partnering on a survey  looking at how people work in coworking spaces and what roles networks and networking play in the coworking experience. We need your help to make this survey a success. The coworking industry has long stressed the value that comes with belonging to a coworking community. Often described as “accelerated serendipity”, the coworking industry asserts that members accrue substantial benefits from meeting, mixing with and collaborating with other members of their coworking space. While anecdotal evidence overwhelming supports this point of view, there’s been limited industry wide research on this topic. The goal of this survey is provide quantitative data… Read More

Mayor of Toronto proclaims February 24th ‘Coworking Toronto Day’

Headlines about the Mayor of Toronto tend to receive a lot of attention. For the last few years Toronto city politics have been focused on an endless stream of incriminating videos and incredible antics at Toronto City Hall. Luckily for us Torontonians, that changed with the municipal election last fall. This headline is exciting for another reason entirely – there is a new Mayor in town, and the focus seems to be back on our incredible community. Small Businesses are such an important part of our local economy, and as Mayor of the largest Canadian city, John Tory seems to think that Coworking is a important part of what makes Toronto such… Read More

Announcing GCUC POP!

POP! POP! Do you hear that?!?! POP! POP! POP! While the GCUC team has been coworking obsessed for a while now, coworking has been POPPING up in the news left and right so far this year.  That’s why we’re beyond excited to announce the launch of GCUC POP!, a new, one day juicy “POP!” of coworking awesomeness at the WeDC House @ SXSW!  For those of you who don’t know our story, GCUC (pronounced “juicy”) got it’s start at SXSW a few years ago, so when the folks at WeDC asked if we’d be interested in partnering with them and coming back to our roots, we just had to say yes! With… Read More

8 Wimpy Ways to Boost Community Engagement

by Melissa Geissinger, President & COO of WIMP and General Manager of WIMPspace At WIMP we say “Ask a person, not a search engine.” At WIMPspace our slogan is “Cowork. Colearn. Coexist.” Here are some ways that you can host meetups and build a colearning community that impacts more than just your coworkers. 1.  Make them free. Don’t create a price barrier that will exclude people from attending and participating. Instead encourage a $5 – 10 donation. You’ll be surprised the amount of money you still get, especially when you have someone at the door to greet your guests as they arrive. 2.  Don’t set up any chairs. This may seem like… Read More

Colearning Before Coworking

by Melissa Geissinger, President & COO of WIMP and General Manager of WIMPspace  A geek. A nerd. A dork. If you’re anything like me (a 30-something tech entrepreneur who built her first website in 1996), you’ve been called at least one of these things at some point in your life. The crazy thing? These days it’s actually cool to be identified as one. Well these days if you wander the streets of Santa Rosa, California, about an hour north of San Francisco, and someone yells, “Hey! You’re a Wimp!” fear no more – that’s actually a good thing.  The North Bay is a very rural area. Think farms, wineries, redwood trees, rolling… Read More

What is an Unconference?

It feels just like yesterday when I first attended the Coworking Unconference in Austin, TX way back in 2011. I’d never heard of what an “unconference” was at the time, but went with an open mind. If you’d have told me that four years later I’d be the Executive Producer of GCUC, I would have told you you were crazy. And those of you who know me, know that’s the truth! We know there are some questions out there about the unconference and are really happy that y’all are so engaged online and excited for May! No two unconferences are the same, but they certainly do have similarities. So, let’s use my… Read More

A Love Letter from GCUC to YOU!

I absolutely love this quote and was reminded of it’s importance as of late. Recently, I had to ban myself from my own Facebook newsfeed because I realized that I was comparing myself and my business to all the status updates, articles and even memes my friends were posting.  How does that make any sense? We all have our own unique path. I’m not everyone else – and neither are you! So, why are we as coworking owners and operators dead set on comparing our unique spaces and communities to others that may seem to be in an entirely different league, if not universe? It’s incredibly important to take a look at… Read More

Co-working Spaces: An Expensive Cure for Loneliness or an Inexpensive Solution for a Cool Office

Yesterday, Bloomberg.com ran a sensational, clickbait-y article entitled “Co-working Spaces; An Expensive Cure For Loneliness” in which author Patrick Clark argues that coworking spaces (no hyphen necessary, y’all!) are expensive overpriced workspaces for chumps. As you can imagine, that didn’t sit well with us. The math was wrong! He missed the point! We understand that haters are going to hate and coworking has really come along way if anyone feels the need to write articles exposing the “dirty truth behind coworking.” We were when Nick Clark from the Common Desk in Dallas responded with a blog post of his own. We’ll let Nick take it from here… Yesterday afternoon, Bloomberg published an… Read More