Category: Retrospective

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

3 Key Points from GCUC 2015

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.

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

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

New Models for Coworking – The Blurring of Lines

Coworking is a growing trend but growing in very different ways — today’s panel included people running spaces that are independent, corporate funded, university funded and one with a climbing wall. When asked “what has worked and what are the challenges?” There were a range of answers. Generally speaking, growth was the top issue while the network strength was a close second. Small, focused teams manages the space while using the right tools have helped grow these communities. The second half of the panel looked towards coworking business models. The spilt came between loss leaders for Sprint and Mind Market to revenue models fromBrooklyn Boulders and Workbar. Loss leaders (to start) focused on keeping… Read More

Rise of the Superconnector

Scott Gerber outlines the role of a superconnector in a big data world. After asking people who have 500+ connections on LinkedIN to recite all the name, we learn that that these connections are meaningless. When you treat your members like numbers you are fundamentally forgetting these people are human. Gerber leaves us with the idea if you can be a meaningful role for someone, you have a fan for life. Read the full article on medium.com

The Future of Design and Work – What’s Next?

Trends in the workplace are rapidly changing. Over the course of only a few years the cubical height have shrunk to zero. Layouts in the office have changed from closed and static to open and collaborative. Furniture continue to evolve as well as the technology within them. We are not far away from connected furniture that have APIs people can hack. Read the full article on medium.com

Top 8 Moments of the 2014 Global Coworking Unconference Conference in Kansas City

By Sarah Snyder Three weeks after the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) has left Kansas City, I am reflecting on the superb experience we had and connections we made. Think Big Coworking and Think Big Partners could not be more excited with the decision GCUC made to come to Kansas City this year and we hope that our beloved city proved to be more than expected (which I think it did.) This being my third year attending, GCUC continues to get better each year. The Day 1 speakers and panels all had words of advice and inspiration that were interesting, valuable and relevant. The Day 2 unconference identified popular industry questions and… Read More