Ten things to tell the government about coworkingIf 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 friendsFor 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 HostingInteraction 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 OverloadHow 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 coworkingShared 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.
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