Survey PERI#WORK: What will be the Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis?

Guest article by PERI#WORK: Anne-Laure Le Nadant (Univ Rennes, LiRIS), Clément Marinos (Univ Bretagne Sud, LEGO), Gerhard Krauss (Univ Rennes, ESO) In the Digital Age, work is changing at unprecedented speed. Although still small, independent and entrepreneurial work is gradually progressing since the mid-2000s. In our « hypermobile » society, a growing part of skilled […]

Join us for CU Asia in Bali for a Very Special Coworking Research Event: The Coworking Salon

The Coworking Library team will host an evening full of coworking geekiness and insights into current research trends during the upcoming CU Asia (Bali, 5-7 March 2020). As an interdisciplinary open database collecting all research into coworking worldwide, we are especially looking forward to organizing this on-site event that connects researchers, coworking space operators, and […]

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Our Story

On a sunny afternoon in 2016, Johanna, Carsten, and Akki – the famous coworking dog – sat on the green fields of a park in Berlin. There we developed a form for collecting submissions of publications for what would become known as the Coworking Library – a place online to collect and browse all the […]

Coworking Spaces and New Social Relations: A Focus on the Social Streets in Italy

The late 2000s witnessed a wide diffusion of innovative workplaces, named coworking spaces, designed to host creative people and entrepreneurs: the coworkers. Sharing the same space may provide a collaborative community to those kinds of workers who otherwise would not enjoy the relational component associated with a traditional corporate office. Coworking spaces can bring several benefits to freelancers and independent workers, such as knowledge transfer, informal exchange, cooperation, and forms of horizontal interaction with others, as well as business opportunities. Moreover, additional effects may concern the urban context: from community building, with the subsequent creation of social streets, and the improvement of the surrounding public space, to a wider urban revitalization, both from an economic and spatial point of view. These “indirect” effects are neglected by the literature, which mainly focuses on the positive impact on the workers’ performance. The present paper aimed to fill the gap in the literature by exploring the effects of coworking spaces in Italy on the local context, devoting particular attention to the relation with social streets. To reach this goal, the answers (236) to an on-line questionnaire addressed to coworkers were analysed. The results showed that three quarters of the coworkers reported a positive impact of coworking on the urban and local context, where 10 out of 100 coworking spaces developed and/or participated in social streets located in Italian cities, but also in the suburban and peripheral areas.

The Coworking Handbook

You’ll learn:
* How to facilitate member connection and address member issues
* Why building a community first matters
* How to handle sticky financial situations
* How to design, orient and position your space in * the community
* The most important areas of a coworking space (that many overlook)
* How to work with journalists and get steady media attention
* How to grow your coworking space into a profitable business

Available in English, French, Portuguese and Dutch

Coworking Out Loud

Coworking Out Loud is an introduction to content marketing for coworking space operators who want to launch a content strategy but don’t have the time, resources or know-how to get started.

Written by industry insider Cat Johnson, who works with coworking spaces, collaborative teams, regional alliances and community organizations, Coworking Out Loud is an accessible, straightforward guide. The book is full of tips and best practices to help you leverage the power of content to attract members, differentiate your space and strengthen your coworking brand.

Coworking: Building Community as a Space Catalyst

Coworking happens when independent people like freelancers, remote workers and entrepreneurs decide to get together in a shared office space to collaborate and work.

A person who wants to start a community like this is called a Space Catalyst.

Space Catalysts who read this book will find it filled with resources, inspiration and actionable ideas to begin to build a community of coworking members.

Because coworking is new (it’s really only a few years old), it’s important to start a discussion about the forms and directions coworking will take. The larger coworking community, from coworkers to space owners, must add their voices and ideas to that conversation. The fact that you’re reading this book means you’re joining the conversation. Whether you’re considering starting a coworking space in your community, or are simply intrigued by the idea of building a community of independents, you’re in the right place.

This book is descriptive, based on the real world experiences of successful coworking space owner, Angel Kwiatkowski. The stories and experiences on these pages provide answers to common questions about how to seed a coworking community.

A THEORY OF COWORKING:

This thesis explores contemporary experiences of entrepreneurial knowledge work in emerging and rapidly changing areas of economy and society through a detailed ethnographic analysis of the motivations, social practices and changing experiences of a pioneering Coworking community in Melbourne, Australia. Coworking is a complex social phenomenon. Whilst ‘Coworking spaces’ are open plan office environments that mobile, independent knowledge workers share as places of work, ‘Coworking practices’ are the methods by which these independent actors choose to work in close proximity, interact socially and sometimes collaborate on shared projects. Since its emergence in 2005, the rapid global expansion of Coworking has been regarded as both an expression of, and response to, significant changes in how knowledge work is performed and organised. As the processes of globalisation and technological innovation continue to transform working practices and cultures, ‘Coworkers’ have been held up as early adopters of disruptive trends in mobile and distributed knowledge work, and ‘Coworking spaces’ have been regarded as emblematic sites within evolving entrepreneurial knowledge economies. These claims present Coworking spaces as compelling sites in which to conduct social inquiry.