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In 2005 an independent worker in California conceived of a different way of working; he envisioned a place where independent workers could come together, collaborate and reap the rewards of community, increased productivity and creativity. That worker was Brad Neuberg and the word he used to describe his vision was coworking. On August 9th, approximately 3000 coworking spaces around the world will celebrate Neuberg’s vision as part of International Coworking Day.

Coworking has come a long way since 2005. Not only has the number of spaces doubled each year, with Deskmag reporting that 4.5 new spaces open every workday around the world, but coworking and the values that drive it have become a critical component in the changing face of the global economy.

As the number of independent, part-time, freelance and entrepreneurial workers has grown, coworking spaces have provided the underpinning that allows these workers to reap the rewards of new and sustainable economic model. 

“As we’ve seen the global community grow, we’ve also seen the Toronto community grow considerably in the last few years in particular.” says Rachel Young, Founder of Camaraderie Coworking “What started as three spaces talking about working on projects together has grown to a collective of coworking spaces across the city, and as more spaces join the collective, there’s even more reason to celebrate this day together.”

“We have a lot to celebrate this year with the launch of COHIP in Ontario” says Ashley Proctor of Foundery. “The Coworking Health Insurance Plan is just one example of how we strive to strengthen our unique communities by collaborating on larger initiatives. We should absolutely celebrate the collective’s impact on independent workers in Toronto".

CoworkingToronto, an innovative collective of 13 independent coworking spaces will proudly stand with their global counterparts on August 9th and celebrate coworking through a variety of activities on International Coworking Day. Many spaces will offer a “Jelly” where they open their doors to the public and invite workers into their space for free. Others will encourage their members to bring a friend to work or will come together to celebrate their community through shared meals, peer to peer mentoring events and workshops. All coworking spaces in Canada and around the world will share updates and information using the hashtag #CoworkingDay.

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