Category: Coworking Trends

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

Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces

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

What The Corporate World Can Learn From Coworking

Today on WorkDesign.com Liz Elam discuses coworking’s secret sauce. Highlights are below, you can read the whole article here. Here are four ways coworking can help, whether a corporation is looking to make coworking an option to their employees, or to integrate some of coworking’s secret sauce into their own workplace: Proximity – When you work in isolation at home or in a coffee shop, you don’t interact with others around you. In coworking spaces you work around other people who can inspire you, challenge you, and sometimes even teach you something. Not ready to let employees off the leash just yet? Then try creating an open work area in your existing space… Read More

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

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

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?!?! No, It’s Coworking!

Hey Coworking Peeps! It’s me, Lindsey, Director of Operations! If you’ve ever called or emailed GCUC we’ve chatted and if you have any questions, I’m here for you! Although I usually prefer hanging out behind the scenes, today I’m breaking that cloak of invisibility to issue you a challenge. Let’s fix co-working. You know that pesky little hyphen that blights good press and scholarly articles everywhere? Yup, it’s time for it to go the way of the Dodo. Let’s fix this co-working vs. coworking madness once and for all. We’ve talked about it on the Coworking Google Group, in blog posts (here, here, and here) on Twitter and Facebook. The funny cartoon… Read More

Top 5 Trends for Coworking in 2015

Trend #1: Current Coworking operators will supply the majority of the explosive growth in the market. This isn’t anything new, but just a continuation of what Emergent Research presented in 2014. If you want to see explosive growth just take a look at WeWork.   Trend #2: It will rain money. Thanks to WeWork being valued at 5 billion dollars last fall, investors are not just sitting up and taking notice, they’re pursuing Coworking operators. Get your books in order and get your share!   Trend #3: Specialization will continue to thrive. Coworking spaces will continue to narrow their focus as the market grows. We’re seeing spaces for knitting, government contracting, medical… Read More

Coworking – Not Just for the Early Adopters Anymore

Last week 5 NextSpace teamsters, 1 baby, and one daddy of the baby, attended GCUC, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference. There were close to 300 people, and over 100 spaces represented. The conversation moved from Steve King (not THAT Steve King), sharing that coworking has crossed the chasm and is now a mainstream workplace option around the globe, to Benjamin Dyett from the Grind sharing that coworking is not just for the startup crowd, but for established professionals and can, in fact, be extremely profitable, to Chris Mach from AT&T, discussing how the tools, policies, and physical environment for corporations is changing rapidly, and coworking is an option that is on the… Read More

The Juiciest coworking event of 2013- Why we’ll be there

Many people in the coworking community are already familiar with The Global Coworking Unconference Conference kicking off its second year in Austin, Texas March 5th-6th.  Rayann and I have been gearing up for this event for a few months now. We teamed up with Liz Elm, the Executive Producer of GCUC, and owner of Link Coworking to help spread the word via the web of this awesome event. We are proud to be a part of the GCUC social media team and we are looking forward to bringing you live action once the conference is underway! Here are the reasons we are going: We believe in the coworking movement. We are collaborators; therefore, why not collaborate with… Read More