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Jellyweek - bringing in the new year

When I was a kid with a new bag full of brightly colored jellybeans, each gushing with its own delectable flavor, I would taste each separately, and then proceed to dump a handful in mouth to see what intermingling of flavors would form in my mouth. So the metaphor can be transferred to the idea of a 'Jelly', whose conceptual origin comes from a friendly group of independent workers getting together in a living room in Brooklyn as an experiment in working alone together, and who lightheartedly called the gathering a jelly, after the bowl of jellybeans in the middle of the working table.

  • Notes from #CoworkingEU open camp

    The second day of the Coworking Europe conference was a series of self-organized interactive barcamp-style sessions. More than 200 people participated in a rolling program of fascinating discussions about the future of coworking. Deskmag and Deskwanted facilitated the afternoon and took notes from the sessions. Here is a series of our observations from the day. One of our favourite moments was Alex Hillman explaining why coworking sometimes seems like a cult.

  • #CoworkingEU: first day report

    In Spain, coworkers are reshaping their working lives and society at the same time. In China, coworking communities of over 6000 people have emerged. In Germany, big companies are turning to coworking to re-energize their staff. In the US, shared workspaces of over 500 people are appearing. The first day of the 2nd Coworking Europe Conference heard a comprehensive summary of developments not just from across the continent, but from around the world. The event is developing as the most important focus point for the global coworking community. Here's Deskmag's notepad report from the first day.

  • The Coworking Europe starts in 3 weeks

    Do coworkers choose their working situation, or are they forced to become freelancers through unemployment and outsourcing? Two key perspectives will be presented at the upcoming Coworking Europe Conference in November 2011. Today, we provide you with a more detailed view at the conference's three day program.

  • Coworking Events in September

    September is full of events for coworking spaces, coworkers and people who want to get involved with coworking. One of those is the German Coworking Week, hosted by more than twenty coworking spaces. Britain is fast becoming the land of Jellies, with more than sixty of them held next month. Another good way for coworkers and coworking spaces to promote their ideas is via the Social Media Week.

  • Taking coworking to the next level

    What innovative forces can coworking bring to the economy? Why don’t business centers and coworking spaces belong in the same category? And why should any of this interest the average coworker who just wants to connect to a community? The second Coworking Europe conference, to be held this November in Berlin, will provide plenty of time and space for exploring these questions and more.

  • The coworking event season starts

    After the summer holidays are over, freelancers return to their coworking spaces with fresh ideas and new projects. Conveniently, there are also a number of events that provide an opportunity to test out new ideas, make new connections, and learn more about coworking.

  • How to make your workday like a holiday

    Work and leisure are not best friends. And yet they increasingly intermingle. In new self-determined modes of work, people can craft their own individual schedule. However, many freelancers don't want to work in their leisure time. Rather, they'd like their working hours to be more like their leisure hours.

  • Creativity right Next door

    Companies should start cycling their employees through coworking spaces in order to increase their contacts and boost their creativity. That’s the suggestion from Peter Bihr, a digital consultant who is curating the social media track at next week’s Next conference in Berlin. Bihr hopes coworkers will attend Next to inform the influential audience about the benefits of collaborative workspaces.

  • How can coworkers use data?

    Coworking spaces are full of entrepreneurs and start-ups, most of them involved in web technology. Which is why they should be interested in NEXT, the tech industry meet-up taking place in Berlin in a month. The main theme of the conference is “Data Love". How can coworkers make use of data? Can coworking spaces themselves improve their operation by better use of their own data?

  • The 1st U.S. coworking unconference

    The first U.S. Coworking Unconference in Austin is over. Despite the enormous variety of topics, discussions focused on three main areas. How to build and open a coworking space? What successful business models have emerged, and which is the best and most effective? And how does the future of coworking look? The event ended with many responses and plenty of happy faces at a rooftop party in the Austin night air.

  • Coworking and the future of cities

    "If you put a lot of smart people with different skills in a room and shake them together, something new comes out." It sounds like a original concept for coworking, but it’s also the goal of Peter Bihr, organizer of the Cognitive Cities Conference, which will be held at the end of February in Berlin. The conference seeks to find an answer to the question – how are cities changing by new technologies? Coworking is also on the list of topics. Today Deskmag gives a first preview of what could be discussed.

  • Conference aims to strengthen US coworking community

    At the European Coworking conference last November, participants from the United States lamented that coworking space operators don't have same opportunities to convene in person in the U.S. The upcoming Coworking Unconference in Austin, Texas, aims to change that.

  • Results of Europe's first jelly week

    The European Jelly Week has demonstrated that there is a rapidly growing coworking scene across Europe that is starting to network together in decentralized ways. Deskmag today features a guest post by the organizer of the Jelly Week, Anni Roolf.

  • The first European Jelly week

    Jellies are occasional meetings at which a small group of people come together to collaborate in an informal atmosphere. They offer the opportunity to exchange ideas, with no commitments or costs. And at the same time, they allow a community to build that can eventually lead to an institution like a coworking space. With these two benefits in mind, Anni Roolf, a communication designer, has organized the first European Jelly Week.

  • First Global Coworking Survey launched

    Until now, there have only been a handful of studies into the new collaborative workstyle known as coworking. A new initiative of organizations around the globe aims to change this. In collaboration with Deskmag and a university, the participating groups have launched the first global coworking survey.

  • An official coworking association? Not yet.

    The concept of creating an official association of coworking spaces was raised this weekend at the Coworking Europe conference, with no clear consensus reached on the idea. A discussion led by Anni Lenius of ClubOffice Berlin heard widely differing viewpoints on whether a formal body representing coworking spaces would be beneficial to individual operators and the industry as a whole.

  • Cashing in on coworking

    Should coworking spaces become “marketing platforms” for brands wanting to reach freelance workers? That was the controversial suggestion made by Italian coworking space owner Mattia Sullini at the Coworking Europe Conference in Brussels today. Sullini said spaces should embrace the opportunity to be conduits between brands and their customers, the hard-to-reach nomad worker.

  • Why bankers and bureaucrats should visit coworking spaces

    Should bureaucrats and bankers start setting up booths in coworking spaces? Jean-Yves Huwart thinks so. The coordinator of Coworking Europe 2010 conference says coworking spaces could become hubs for government agencies and institutions seeking to reach freelance workers and start-up businesses.

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