Category: Conference

Coworking and Education – A Wise Partnership

Coworking is about the community we create.  Members from all walks of life – who share openness, curiosity, creative drive, entrepreneurship and perhaps even an elevated level of social consciousness – come together to spend their days (and nights) working and enjoying each others’ company.  It seems only natural that we cross-polliate with students and educators in our communities.  Our coworking communities can benefit from their fresh ideas, youthful exuberance and desire to learn, while they are introduced to a healthy dose of real life entrepreneurial spirit and possibly some business mentors. At Mojo Coworking we’ve been working with education partners since our first month in business 2 years ago, but now… Read More

Working Together…On Everything!

I hope that you had a chance to read the recent article on coworking in IEDC’s EDnow newsletter (It’s only available to members, so if you are an IEDC member, you can grab it here). It goes into some depth on the phenomenon of coworking and what it means to economic development. If you don’t already understand the concept of coworking, you can learn more by reading the article, checking out Deskmag, attending the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (shameless plug: I’ll be speaking about specialization in collaborative work environments), or better yet: VISIT A COWORKING SPACE AND LEARN WHAT THEY ARE UP TO. I think the author (Michael Stumpf) did a pretty good… Read More

Why Yahoo! is Actually Right – and Why Home Officing Hasn’t Worked

Yes, Marissa hit the panic button, and Yahoo’s new ban on “working from home” has ignited a huge firestorm from a long-smoldering debate over how to manage worklife balance and workplace productivity.  However, pitting working from home against working from a central headquarters office misses the point.  Neither the home office nor the centralized HQ is the complete answer anymore.  Worklife, has become infinitely more interesting and requires a more thoughtful approach, since knowledge workers now choose how, when and where they work based on what they need to accomplish.  Here’s why: Remember when Telecommuting and Home Officing were supposed to be the “future of work”? These revolutionary ideas were going to… Read More

Coworking Spaces – the Living Future of Work Culture

Corporate leaders have started to pay attention to the buzz and research around culture and employee engagement, as they are seeing that these are critical to attracting and retaining talent, and they have a direct connection to their bottom line. The realization is that the sea of cubicles is not quite conducive to deep employee engagement and it’s time to evolve the open office space concept to fit a more dynamic digital economy. Most research happening around workspace design, collaboration and innovation has focused on a corporate office environment, which are often homogenous, closed environments for single entities. But Steelcase, Zappos and a few other trailblazers have moved to studying the coworking… Read More

The Other Law of the Jungle

I grew up in Western civilization, raised on Darwin’s, survival of the fittest worldview. No matter where you are on the evolution/creation theories, his competition, bloody tooth and claw perspective has become a pillar of our cultural heritage. It has been the prevailing influence in how we’ve run our businesses. “Eat or be eaten” and “It’s a jungle out there.” Yes, it is a jungle out there. And until very recently we’ve been making the nearly fatal mistake of following only one of the laws of he jungle – competition. But nature requires balance. For every force there is an equal and opposite force. Yes, competition is a law of the jungle…. Read More

Do You Need Another Coffee Pot?

The coworking movement has survived it’s infancy, learned to walk and talk, enjoyed the freedom of childhood, and now sits somewhere in its young adult phase.  The individualism of childhood fades as teens begin to run in packs, so excited to have found others like themselves. At that stage, you bond by defining what you are not, i.e. “we are not a typical office”, and rebelling against difference in others, I.e. “that place is not a ‘real’ coworking space”. At some point however, it isn’t enough to clarify what you are not, you have to make choices that define what you are.  What are your values? Why do you exist? What role… Read More

Why Profit is Good for Coworking Spaces

There are a lot of different reasons to open a coworking space, some are closer to business considerations while others are more on an idea, on the way you see the world. No matter why you decide to open a coworking space, the key to its survival is profit. We are not only talking about money when we talk about profit. Without building a community, a good product, and using marketing skills to bring clients in you will not be able to thrive, but profit is the one thing that will mark your future. If there’s no profit you will eventually run out of money and will have to shut down. No… Read More

Coworking, Serendipity, And Why Size Doesn’t (Always) Matter

Coworking breaks down the emotional barriers (and sometimes the physical ones too) that the traditional business world put up to keep us each in our place. Isolated. After working in this vacuum for a few years, its no wonder some of the best and brightest are striking out on their own, trading a little financial security for a lot of professional freedom. Coworking provides solopreneurs with exactly what they’re looking for: a place where collaboration and community are highly valued, where social capital is more important than currency, and where titles and profit margins take a back seat to the unique talents that each of us bring to the table. According to… Read More

The Juicy Story

It all started as a meet-up of people coming to SXSW with an interest in Coworking. The meet-ups were held in Austin in 2008 and 2009 and organized by a local Coworking enthusiast. In 2010 Loosecubes decided to turn it into an actual event—the first ever Coworking Unconference. Liz Elam of Link Coworking helped the Loosecubes team with logistics and finding sponsors. The half-day Unconference was a huge success and drew about 120 Coworking enthusiasts from around the world. In the summer of 2010 Loosecubes approached Liz Elam about taking over the conference. Liz gladly accepted and took to planning the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC). The name was a tip of… Read More

The “I Share My Space” Coworking Video Contest is a Triple Threat

Have you heard about the “I Share My Space” Video contest? If not, it’s time you hear what it’s all about. If you have, what are you waiting for? Here are the 3 factors that make this contest a triple threat in the Coworking community: 1) A lucky Coworking member First of all, there are PRIZES.  Who doesn’t love prizes?! Winner of the contest will receive $1000 cash provided by LiquidSpace as well as a $1000 donation to the charity of your choice.  You can win some money and feel good about your donation at the same time. It’s simple: First you create a video (30 seconds or less) on what coworking… Read More