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Coworking
17 October 2008 @ 09:03

I am confident that "co-" is the prefix of the future.

Best weekend,

Maria

 

By Maria L. de Castro

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Coworking

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Coworking is an emerging trend for a new pattern for working. Typically work-at-home professionals or independent contractors or people who travel frequently end up working in relative isolation.[1] Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values[2] and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.[3][4]

Some coworking spaces were developed by nomadic internet entrepreneurs seeking an alternative to working in coffeeshops and cafes, or to isolation in independent or home offices.[5][6][7]

Business accelerators, business incubators and executive suites do not seem to fit into the coworking model, because they often miss the social, collaborative, and informal[8] aspects of the process, with management practices closer to that of a Cooperative, including a focus on community[9] rather than profit.[10] Many of the coworking participants are also participants in BarCamp[11] and other related open source technology activities.[12][13][14]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Butler, Kiera (2008-01-01), "Works Well With Others", Mother Jones, <http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2008/01/works-well-with-others.html> 
  2. ^ DeBare, Ilana (2008-02-19), "Shared work spaces a wave of the future", San Francisco Chronicle, <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/19/MN7CV2JFE.DTL> 
  3. ^ Miller, Kerry (2007-02-26), "Where the Coffee Shop Meets the Cubicle", Business Week, <http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/feb2007/sb20070226_761145.htm> 
  4. ^ Farby, Julie (2007-03-13), "The Hive Hopes To Revolutionize Traditional Office Space By Creating Coworking Space", All Headline News, <http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7006731137> 
  5. ^ Fost, Dan (2007-03-11), "WHERE NEO-NOMADS' IDEAS PERCOLATE: New 'bedouins' transform a laptop, cell phone and coffeehouse into their office", San Francisco Chronicle, <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/03/11/MNGKKOCBA645.DTL> 
  6. ^ Von Bergen, Jane (2007-08-19), "A Step Up From Working In PJ's", Philadelphia Inquirer, <http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20070819_A_Step_Up_From_Working_In_PJs.html> 
  7. ^ Williamson, Kate (2007-10-02), "Shared offices growing in S.F., Peninsula", San Francisco Examiner, <http://www.examiner.com/a-968158~Shared_offices_growing_in_S_F___Peninsula.html> 
  8. ^ Reed, Brad (2007-10-23), "Co-working: the ultimate in teleworking flexibility", Network World, <http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/102307-coworking.html> 
  9. ^ Fost, Dan (2008-02-20), "Inspiration Strikes Only a Desk Away", New York Times, <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/20/business/businessspecial2/20ideas.html?ref=businessspecial2> 
  10. ^ Fost, Dan (2008-02-20), "They’re Working on Their Own, Just Side by Side", New York Times, <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/20/business/businessspecial2/20cowork.html?_r=1&ex=1361250000&en=dbd589ebb73df147&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&oref=slogin> 
  11. ^ Clark, Jessica (2007-10-01), "Coworkers of the World, Unite!", American Prospect, <http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=coworkers_of_the_world_unite> 
  12. ^ Horowitz, Etan (2007-09-27), "Co-working can solve non-traditional office issues", Orlando Sentinel, <http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-cowork2707sep27,0,4868019.story?coll=orl_tab03_layout> 
  13. ^ Reed, Brad (2007-10-23), "Co-working: the ultimate in teleworking flexibility", Network World, <http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/102307-coworking.html> 
  14. ^ Berve, Anette (2008-04-25), "In Search of Colleagues", The Argentimes, <http://www.theargentimes.com/downloads/docs/the_argentimes_36.pdf> 

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Dinah Adkins said:
17 October 2008 @ 21:21

This blog (and the reference it cites) is fundamentally wrong in its note: "Business accelerators, business incubators and executive suites do not seem to fit into the coworking model, because they often miss the social, collaborative, and informal[8] aspects of the process, with management practices closer to that of a Cooperative, including a focus on community[9] rather than profit."

At least 90 percent of business incubators are non-profits and collaboration between clients and the companies and the incubator management and staff is essential. In fact, research from as early as 1992 backs up this essential element of business incubation, in which each incubator represents a vital community of entrepreneurs.

Business incubator clients not only have access to organized networks of mentors, business service providers, financiers and other experts, they learn from each other, and thus move up the learning curve faster, share employees, equipment and contacts and gain in morale because they perceive their peers in the incubator are going through similar stages of business development and face common challenges. Entreprneurs who are less mature get help from those whose firms are more mature.

See www.nbia.org for facutal information on business incubation. FYI, beginning with about 12-15 incubators in the U.S. in 1980, there are now 1,500 programs in North America and some 7,000 around the globe.

Dinah Adkins
President & CEO
National Business Incubation Association


Maria said:
18 October 2008 @ 08:06

Thanks for the information Dinah, I got interested with the COWORKING movement and just, as you can see, copy and paste information from WIKIPEDIA.

Thanks for your intervention


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