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Will Coworking Spaces Be The New Classrooms?

Web design, programming, and new technology are constantly evolving, resulting in students entering classrooms with knowledge that is already obsolete. How do we bridge the gap between what the education system teaches us and what the new generations need in order to succeed in the 21st century? The good news is: even universities have discovered the benefits of coworking. It is beginning to attract more and more students and perhaps it will soon become the primary way to educate the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

  • Public Support of Coworking Spaces: The Example of France

    Since the very beginning, France has lagged behind in the Coworking adventure. But in the last two years the country has quickly caught up with the rest of the coworking world and has recently welcomed large events such as the last Coworking Europe Conference in 2012. Boasting about 60 Coworking spaces, France is now experiencing an above-average increase in comparison to the rest of Europe. An interesting development, while public authorities have already played a role in structuring the movement.

  • Coworking Spaces and 3D Printing: Bringing Manufacturing to the Masses

    The hype surrounding 3D printing is almost as tangible as the physical marvels it churns out. Bold claims have been made. Some believe that the dawn of 3D printing marks the end of manufacturing as we know it. Others foresee a highly anticipated revival of manufacturing in rich post-industrial countries or even a third industrial revolution. But setting the wild predictions aside, something more nuanced yet nonetheless profound is taking place and coworking spaces are getting in on the action.

  • Coworking... served hot: pop-up coworking spaces

    Why should the benefits of networking, meaningful face-to-face connections and interesting learning opportunities be confined to coworking spaces alone? A number of coworking space advocates and operators have taken advantage of their skills as expert event organizers and community managers to uproot the concept of coworking from their fixed spaces and apply them for a short time in other contexts… with astounding results.

  • Coworking for the Artist

    Many writers, musicians, painters, and just artists in general have a day job. If you have not found a way to support yourself as an artist, the need to make money can take away from the opportunity for you to be creative. Although the idea of coworking is creative in its own right, since it encourages collaboration and community, what if there was a way to combine the specific needs of an artist in the coworking movement? Well, maybe it's already happening...

  • Cosewing: Coworking for DIY fashion designers

    Influenced by the concept of coworking, the DIY method and the return to the traditional models of handmade production, a new movement has arisen: cosewing. Imagine wide open spaces, with specialized machinery, cutting tables and creativity in each and every corner. It’s where amateurs and design professionals can find the ideal place to start and develop projects.

  • Coworking in a hundred words

    If you are looking for a coworking space, doing a little research is important. We're currently looking for freelance writers to write about coworking. This is why asked applicants to describe in 100 words what coworking means to them, which also includes research or, at least, experience. Here is a selection of the most interesting submissions received.

  • Is there a coworking bubble? Nope, coworking spaces grow organically.

    An annual growth rate of nearly 100%, nearly five years in a row? More than 60 coworking spaces in a city like Berlin. Are these the characteristics of a bubble? Nope, these are characteristics of a sustainable change our world of work. But what makes this change different to a bubble?

  • Starting a coworking space where coworking is unknown: a success story

    Recently, HUBBA Thailand, the first coworking space to open in Bangkok, celebrated 10,000 fans on their Facebook page. That's impressive outreach into the Thai community and beyond, both for their own coworking space, and for the coworking community as a whole. Even more impressive: they only launched in May this year. HUBBA Thailand's story is inspiration for all those in the coworking industry who start a space as pioneer in a big city or want to see one thrive.

  • A typology of needs for coworking spaces

    Every coworking advocate and enthusiast has, at some point, been confronted by the reoccurring debate that has never been solved: what exactly is a coworking space? One of the difficulties of defining coworking stems from the fact that spaces respond to a diverse range of needs and requirements in very different ways. Here's a detailed framework of needs for coworking spaces.

  • When Coworking Spaces Fail

    The world is abuzz about coworking and the potential it may have to transform the worksphere into a kinder, smarter, more creative, more productive, and simply better place. Yet beyond the evangelizing and after the euphoria what are the realities and critiques to consider and what are not only the traps and pitfalls that coworking managers, spaces and workers fall into, but what are the movement’s ideological traps? Moreover, how can these issues problems and critiques be addressed?

  • Advantages of coworking spaces over other offices

    The final part of the second Global Coworking Survey examines the differences between coworkers who moved into their space from a traditional, compared to the home, office. It is the final analysis of the survey which focused on the different backgrounds of members, and comes days before the launch of the third Global Coworking Survey, which will have a new point of inquiry.

  • More than a desk: the secrets of building a coworking community

    We are social beings. Even the most shy, introverted web developer needs to venture out of their bedroom into the world once in a while to stay sane. And that’s why most freelancers and solo entrepreneurs end up joining coworking spaces. Here are some tips for building community in a coworking space.

  • Community-sourced ethos: coworking in practice

    While coworking can be broadly defined by a handful of terms and principles - community, collaboration, and workspace, to name a few - the combination of these values, and the emphasis placed on each, varies from space to space. And as the community evolves, so too will the ethos of a space. Finding an ethos - or set of values - reflective of an ever-changing community is a challenge all coworking space operators face.

  • Coworking compared in large cities and small towns

    Coworking spaces in small towns are much younger than in big cities, but they are built in a shorter time. The tendency is that the smaller the town, the smaller the space, so it is not surprising that most coworkers in these spaces often know all the names of the other members. In our penultimate part of the Global Coworking Survey, we present the differences between coworking spaces in towns and cities.

  • Where is

    Where is “coworking” most often searched for? Not only in cities where many coworking spaces are located. Conferences and frequent media reports help boost interest in the term outside of usual hotspots. Deskmag analysed Google search trends to discover the cities and countries where the most people type the phrase “coworking”, and when they do so.

  • Expansions of coworking spaces - Part 1: at the same location

    As the coworking movement develops and the average age of coworking spaces increases, coworking space expansions are taking place more frequently. They cost less to implement than an additional location, and present an opportunity to diversify the space.

  • 1800 Coworking Spaces worldwide

    Seven years ago, the first coworking space, at a fragile one-day old, was officially referred to for the first time as a ‘coworking space’. 2,557 days later, the global count of coworking spaces stands at 1,779. This number almost doubled since last year, with much of the growth attributed to Spain, Australia and Japan. Europe has also officially taken over the US as having the most coworking spaces.

  • Coworking in the US and the EU

    The development of coworking communities depends not only on the spaces themselves, but also on the space around them. In the Global Coworking Survey, we compared and contrasted the development of the movement in the two largest coworking regions. Which coworkers feel healthier since joining a space? Which desire flexibility? Which coworking spaces connect better with one another? The 2nd Global Coworking Survey found out.

  • Coworking spaces & the demand for private offices

    Coworking spaces are more than just offices. They represent mixed-use spaces that connect people, and in-built in their operations are things which satisfy these aims: events, workshops, Fablabs. All spaces do these things differently, with models changing depending on the needs of coworkers. Even when this need stipulates offices, which professionals can close and lock behind them.

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