Coworking 101: A Brief History

Coworking 101: A Brief History: “

Written by Imran Ali.

Stretching all the way back to April of last year, coworking – the growing movement of independent café-like collaboration spaces for freelance professionals –  has been a popular topic here on WebWorkerDaily, covered from many perspectives by our writing team and also attracting some thought-provoking commentary from our readers.

At its heart, the concept of coworking is very attractive to many web workers. You get to work in a creative environment with other professionals, freed from unhappy workplaces, with the option to be as flexible as you choose.

For those unfamiliar with the subject, we thought we’d take you on a brief tour of some highlights from our coworking archives.

Aliza’s introduction to the world of coworking.

A roundup of interesting developments in coworking, from large companies such as Timbuk2 giving up space for external coworkers, to the roving Jelly monthly ‘workathons’ for coworkers without a permanent physical location to share.

A handy ‘recipe book’ of wiki-based guides to managing, establishing, marketing and operating coworking communities and spaces, Joseph Holstein’s ‘Patterns for Coworking’ is an invaluable distillation of the collective knowledge of the global coworking community.

An exploration of the downsides to telecommuting and coworking, focusing on the experiences of a coworking community founder.

An interesting discussion on the potential of providing childcare facilities to coworkers – with the coworkers themselves dedicated a portion of their time to caring for the children of other community members.

This post speculates on the potential to revitalize decaying and vacant urban centers with new creative areas, by replacing discount stores, vacant properties and unused public libraries with coworking facilities..

A look at the underlying value structure of coworking communities, how they’re evolving in different countries, and the issues existing coworking communities face as they outgrow the space available.

I’ve chosen to focus on posts that are specifically about the mechanics of coworking. If you’re really interested, do delve into our full archive of coworking posts where we have also explored more philosophical issues, such as the design of cities and the impact of telecommuting on society.

On a lighter note, please do bear in mind the  immortal words of The Bugle

Do you work from home but miss the office atmosphere? Then simply hire a group of people you don’t really like and would never otherwise spend time with, to mill around your living room for nine hours a day.

Share your coworking experiences in the comments.

(Via WebWorkerDaily.)


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