Category: Community

Coworking Visionaries Weigh In on the Future of the Movement

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

Life After Coworking…

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

GCUC 2016 up for grabs!

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

GCUC 2015 Coworking Conference Recap

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

Welcome to Camp GCUC!

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

What to Do in Berkeley!

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

GCUC 2015 Tours

I hope you’re getting excited to see some of the great coworking spaces we’ve got lined up for this year’s tours! There are so many coworking spaces currently operating or opening in the greater San Francisco Bay Area that it’s hard to get an accurate count, but I’ve heard the number is in the triple digits! While we really wanted to visit spaces all over the Bay, we had to keep the selection to the public transportation routes most easily navigable within the four-hour time slot we have for tours. This meant Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco were our best bet for a great tour selection and experience. When I sent out… Read More

Why I decided to attend GCUC again

By Melissa Saubers In May of 2014, GCUC was held in my hometown, Kansas City, Missouri. I got to attend and I was happy to help the GCUC crew behind the scenes. From Day 1, moment 1, I was truly impressed with the entire production and all of the attendees. Liz, Lindsey, Mike and crew know how to put on the most informative conference ever. On May 5, 2014 I posted this on Facebook: The best conference I’ve ever been to. Learned so much about coworking and community at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference! — with Michelle Craven Rohlf at National Airline History Museum And it truly was the best conference I… Read More

Behind the Scenes with GCUC’s Creator, Liz Elam: Meditation, Meaning and Making a Difference

Liz Elam is the wizard behind the magic of GCUC. Having entered the world of coworking in 2010 after founding Link Coworking in Austin, she has served as a fearless, quirky, open-hearted leader of the movement ever since. We chatted about what keeps her motivated after five years in coworking, what advice she’d give herself of 10 years ago, and what new things we can expect at GCUC 2015. Amy: You’ve been in coworking for a long time now, Liz. What keeps you motivated and passionate when it comes to coworking? What keeps you in the game? Liz: Coworking is about so much more that just a place to work. We get… Read More

Copass Camp San Francisco: A Californian Adventure + GCUC

May 4-9. We’re headed to California. We’re doing GCUC USA. We’re playing a trampoline dodgeball tournament. We’re going whitewater rafting. Are you with us? After years of making friends and connecting to communities in France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, and further afield – we’re finally making it out there (and we mean far out, man): the Wild, Wild West. Well, maybe not the Wild West of those old western movies (in fact, for the landscape we’d bet that our Fuerteventura Adventure is much closer!) but instead, the dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches and scenic mountains of beautiful California. Got that picture in your head yet? Here’s some music to put things in perspective. GCUC… Read More