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Picking the collective brain

A coworking space is a gathering point for a wide variety of creative and motivated individuals. Several spaces around the world are experimenting with ways to turn this diverse pool of talent into a collective brain. In Vancouver and Melbourne, spaces invite members to consult on projects for outside bodies. Engaging coworkers as consultants may be a way for spaces worldwide to draw out the most valuable aspect of their communities.

  • 10 free self-promotion strategies

    As most freelancers and startups begrudgingly acknowledge, self-promotion and targeted marketing are important parts of running a successful business, but often require lots of time and resources. Here are 10 free (or low-cost) tips for self-promotion, that won't take long to execute.

  • Good idea! Some toys & tools for coworking spaces

    On our recent Coworking Space Ship tour around the US and Canada, we saw a lot of great innovations that can be replicated anywhere. Tech tools, practical fixes and quirky toys can help make a space function better and become more welcoming. Here’s a couple we’ve spotted in coworking spaces around the world.

  • Ten tips for coworking with children

    Coworking with children has so far proven to be a huge success or equally large failure for the spaces that have tried it. Third Door in London is in the first category. But their journey to success wasn’t easy. The founders gave Deskmag a ten point summary of things to consider when trying “coplaying”.

  • Five lessons from London’s creative coworkers

    Coworking and the creative industries are a great combination. Both are famous for their creativity, relaxed approach to work and open-mindedness. And there are reasons for the pairing too, as creative businesses often need to pull teams together at short notice, say for a film project, and a coworking space is an ideal place to do that.

  • Five useful tools for freelancers

    Independent workers and small startups juggle lots of balls. They manage all parts of their project, from start to finish, including finance, customer relations, and logistics. So Deskmag has come up with a list of five useful new tools for coworkers and startups which make work life that little bit easier.

  • Helping coworking members interact

    For the average coworker, the advantages of working in a coworking space typically include being part of a community, reducing isolation, increasing productivity, networking, and growing a client base and work flow. Encouraging interaction and collaboration in coworking spaces is therefore something all space operators try to achieve, but there are some spaces which serve as exceptional examples to the coworking community in accomplishing these goals.

  • Transition from home to coworking

    It's a new year, and perhaps you've decided to start it afresh by leaving your solitary home office and setting up in a buzzing coworking space. Before you make the leap, here are a few tips for helping you transition from a solo to collaborative workspace.

  • First aid in coworking spaces

    The holiday season signals a time to give back to the community by supporting groups working for a good cause. As well as the wider community, coworking space operators can make sure their own communities are well looked after with a gift that keeps on giving. By creating a safe place for coworkers to work and making sure a space is equipped to deal with workplace emergencies, space operators can help create an environment conducive to year-long merriment.

  • Designing a successful coworking space

    How can the design of a space encourage collaboration and innovation? One of the most engaging events at the recent Coworking Europe Conference was the design workshop led by the team from TILT, a studio that specializes in collaborative workspaces. The results were so interesting that we asked Oliver Marlow from Tilt to write a special guest post for Deskmag to summarize the outcome.

  • Coworking operators as expert community managers

    The fundamental skill of a good coworking space manager is community building. That is something big organizations will look for as they attempt to adopt the methods of coworking inside traditional workplaces. Coworking spaces have an opportunity to become expert community managers, and to apply their knowledge across a wide range of locations, not just their own.

  • Ten tips to make your coworking space more profitable

    As the Global Coworking Survey has shown, coworking spaces earn their income from a variety of sources, not just from monthly memberships. So what are some innovative ways to boost your revenue stream? At the recent Coworking Europe conference in Berlin, a workshop led by Manuel Zea from Spain created a list of ten ideas to help push a coworking space toward profitability. Here’s a summary of what the workshop discussed.

  • Ten tips to welcome new members

    In our casual culture, the art of welcoming someone into a new situation seems to have gone the way of the newspaper or the hand-written note: it’s nice, but who has the time? Since we’re all interested in growing our coworking spaces into sustainable communities and businesses, it seems that retaining new members plays a big part in our collective success.

  • Ten things to tell the government about coworking

    If you had half a day with your government’s department of economics, what would you say about coworking? Deskmag was recently given this opportunity by the City of Berlin. They asked us to provide a list of “ten things the government can do for coworking”. We threw the question open to the Coworking Europe conference participants during an open camp session. Here is a first summary of the recommendations that emerged.

  • How to collaborate with freelancers who are your friends

    For many business owners, the words “hiring your friends” set off multiple alarms and warning whistles. Working with friends and family members can be a recipe for disaster… unless you know how to do it right. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for a collaborator:

  • The Art of Hosting

    Interaction and collaboration are the elements that separate a coworking space from a room full of desks. It takes a dedicated “host” to create and maintain a thriving atmosphere of interactivity. Hosting is a skill that can be cultivated, and with a few simple techniques a coworking space manager can turn a dead office into a lively idea space. Today Deskmag talks to Frauke Godat about the “Art of Hosting”, a network that runs workshops to address this exact theme.

  • How to Avoid Social Media Overload

    How much time do you waste every day on the internet? Do you get distracted and lose track of your tasks? Nadja Sayej of ArtStars addressed this issue during Social Media Week Berlin. In a popular workshop, she presented her old school tips for self-organization and self-discipline.

  • Five must-read books about coworking

    Shared learning is what makes coworking unique, so it only makes sense that those with a little bit of expertise would share it with the world! Whether you’ve been coworking for a day or a year, these books familiarize you with the unique benefits, challenges, and opportunities present in this global community.

  • Five tips to brush up on your intercultural competence

    If coworkers travel to other countries, they’ll always find other coworkers willing to help them connect them to the local environment. Still, it doesn’t hurt for coworkers to brush up on a few intercultural communication skills – like how to talk to people who don’t speak English as their first language.

  • Do walls block collaboration?

    The most reviled element of the traditional office was the cubicle. Those tiny walls - just high enough to block eyesight, yet low enough to rob privacy - became the symbol of corporate imprisonment. Today, however, many coworking spaces are finding financial advantage in offering more private workrooms. What impact does this have on the core concept of coworker interaction?

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