Tag Archives: #coworking

International Coworking Day 9 August 2014

‘International Coworking Day’ is tomorrow 9 August 2014. The event is now in its 4th year and marks the anniversary of when Brad Neuberg ‘officially’ started ‘coworking’ in 2005.

… Brad Neuberg officially launches
coworking August 9, 2005

The date also coincides with ‘Coworking Week’, which is variously noted as 2-9 August or 4-9 August 2014.

Events for International #CoworkingDay and Coworking Week are scattered around the globe. See the logo for the day below which I found from @citizenspace on Twitter.

International Coworking Day logo from Citizen Space #coworking in San Francisco USA

International Coworking Day logo from Citizen Space #coworking in San Francisco USA

I’ve listed below a few links to some relevant sites with more information about Brad Neuberg’s ‘coworking launch’ blog post and coworking week/day events.

http://codinginparadise.org/weblog/2005/08/coworking-community-for-developers-who.html

www.wiki.coworking.org

www.betterwork.co/coworkingday/

There’s a Meetup group as well. The ‘coworkingweek’ meetup allows anyone with an account on www.meetup.com to create a subgroup within www.meetup.com/coworkingweek/ to create an event for Coworking Week.

… International Coworking Day
August 9, 2014 …

I ‘opened’ a ‘coworking week meetup’ group for Melbourne earlier today. I only just found out about this Meetup group earlier in the day, so it’s perhaps a little late to do much about it this year, maybe next year Melbourne could have some kind of ‘Fesival of Coworking’ during the corresponding week in 2015.

Action Step
So if you are interested in also being part of a Melbourne or even National (Australian) coworking week ‘Festival of Coworking’, please join the Melbourne group on Meetup.com/coworkingweek/.

Here’s to great coworking.

Cheers, Jane Deany (www.coworkingiscool.com editor)

Getting the most out of Coworking or Productive Coworking

In a blog post I published on 13 July 2014, I referred to the book ‘Working in the “UnOffice”: A Guide to Coworking for Indie Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits‘ by Genevieve V DeGuzman and Andrew I Tang, 2011 (published by Night Owls Press).

If it’s not too late for you to catch QandA at my place, feel free to come by on the way home (unless your evening ends up being a late one with the girls and/or you’re not in the mood etc…). Let me know if the concept appeals. I understand that you might want to just play it by ear. Both of us may end up just wanting a quiet one to ourselves, but I do want to watch QandA for sure.

As I make my way through this great book, I thought I would outline what they suggest for ‘Getting the Most Out of Coworking’. Just in point form for now.

… Productive Coworking …

The authors devote a whole chapter to the topic of ‘Getting the Most Out of Coworking’, and rightly so. You might as well get the most out of your coworking experience, otherwise, why do it?

So here are a few of their themes/sections from chapter 5, which over time I will explore and expand upon further (once I have digested their suggestions).

  • Interact
  • Share
  • Play
  • Participate
  • Maximize Your Space
  • Enhance Productivity, Creativity, and Serendipity
  • Use Collaborative-Friendly Resources
  • Create Meetup Groups
  • Set Up Client Meetings (both physical and virtual)

Some of these headings are relatively self explanatory, however, others may need a little more explaining, which I will do another time. It gives you a chance to think through what they might be referring to, before I hand you the information (so to speak).

Here’s to good coworking.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Regional coworking on the rise

Regional Coworking
The phenomenon of coworking seems to be experiencing a real growth spurt. Coworking spaces are cropping up all over the place, particularly in suburban areas of Australia.

The surge in coworking isn’t just limited to the city and suburban areas however, it’s gradually making its way into regional areas as well.

On my blog www.ilovebrokenhill.com , I wrote an article 8 October 2013, about how ‘Coworking could increase employment opportunities in Broken Hill‘ and other regional areas.

… regional coworking is on the rise …

Queensland
My article was also republished on www.digitalworkhub.com.au on 8 November 2013, see link to the article here

http://www.digitalworkhub.com.au/news/can-coworking-work-in-regional-towns/

South East Queensland is working hard to set up #coworking spaces in this region as the www.digitalworkhub.com.au website explains.

L to R Jane Deany (me) and Teresa Mitchell (CoWorx) talk regional coworking at 'The Village'

L to R Jane Deany aka me and Teresa Mitchell (CoWorx) at NAB’s ‘The Village’

Victoria
In my home state of Victoria, Teresa Mitchell, whom I met at the Hub Melbourne in the last year or so, has set up a coworking space known as CoWorx in the regional town of Warragul.

Warragul is about 105 km east of Melbourne, about an hour and a quarter’s drive, or you can take the train (and no doubt the bus as well). It has been operating for well over a year, and Teresa tells me it’s going well.

I hope to interview Teresa in the coming months, and provide more details about CoWorx. I must say, Teresa is involved in so many things, there’s no doubt the CoWorx space will be a success. It’s on my list to go and visit when I’m next travelling to Gippsland.

Amongst her many interests, and of particular relevance to coworking and business, Teresa is currently Director of COSBA – Council of Small Business Australia.

NSW
Further afield, I hear that there will be ‘Five Smart Work Hubs to be set up under a NSW pilot program‘. See article of 11 July 2014 from the blog of www.digitalworkhub.com.au

Five Smart (NSW) Work Hubs …

Regional Coworking
There is actually so much to say on the subject of regional coworking, I will explore the topic in more detail in the future.

Regional coworking is a subject that’s close to my heart, especially given my interest in Broken Hill, and no I don’t come from there, it’s just a regional NSW city that I love to visit whenever I get the chance.

Stay tuned for more on #regionalcoworking.

Cheers, Jane Deany

www.coworkingiscool.com Twitter and #coworking

I love Twitter, it’s pretty cool, and obviously I love #coworking if the name of this site coworkingiscool.com is anything to go by. The connection between Twitter and #coworking will be obvious shortly.

I am half way through a challenge I set myself, to blog each day for a month. I have several blogs/websites on the go. So I am not blogging every day on www.coworkingiscool.com . I am also writing on my original blog which I began in December 2011 –

www.ilovebrokenhill.com .

The other active site for me is www.thechallengeofbeginning.blogspot.com.au . This site is more abouts thoughts and challenges around starting a project or anything really, but particularly something more challenging.

Back to coworking, that’s what I’ll write about. I wrote about Broken Hill yesterday.

 

That’s where Twitter comes in. By the way, note that www.coworkingiscool.com has an aptly named Twitter handle @CoworkingisCool (luckily it was available).

I have lots of things I want to say and write about in relation to coworking, but today I’m just going to suggest that if you’re interested in the topic, search #coworking on Twitter (follow @CoworkingisCool too please … if you like) and you’ll find there are many tweets on the topic. Many of the tweets are, not surprisingly, promoting the many coworking spaces around the world.

Via Twitter –
a sign coworking might be for you …

‘You Have Gotten in a Fight
Over a Café Electrical Outlet’

There are also however,  a lot of interesting articles on the subject of #coworking. You just have to hunt around a little to find them.

I found one interesting Twitter account @interioravenue which has its own blog on Coworking, even though they aren’t a coworking space themselves. According to their Twitter account description –

Interior Avenue provides businesses, architects, & designers architectural signage, site furniture, commercial furnishings at a value price point. AZ, NM, NV’ . They’re in Phoenix, Arizona (AZ), in the USA.

Here is a link to a humuorous article from their blog www.interiorave.com/blog

I love this one titled ‘5 Signs That Coworking Might Be Right For You‘ (published 7 April, 2014).

Hats off to them for their interesting and informative stories on coworking.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Jelly Coworking Meetup Electron Workshop 18 July

If you have been thinking about trying coworking, there is no better time to give it a whirl than this Friday 18 July 2014 at the regular Melbourne Jelly Meetup which once again is being held at Electron Workshop.

Electron Workshop entrance

Electron Workshop entrance

Jelly
If you aren’t sure what a Jelly (www.workatjelly.com) is, I published a post about it on 6 January 2014 – ‘Jelly provides a taste of coworking‘.

In brief, Jelly is a movement that creates the opportunity for casual #coworking at different spaces around the world on a semi regular basis.

The Jelly ‘movement’ began in February 2006 in New York City. Since then, the movement has grown and there are over 100 cities around the world that are involved.

You can find a list of participating cities from Jelly‘s wiki – wiki.workatjelly.com.

Jelly is open to anyone and it’s free!’

In my hometown Melbourne Victoria Australia there is a Jelly group available and it’s run through www.meetup.com. Here’s the link to Melbourne Jelly (via www.meetup.com).

I’ve been to a few Jelly Meetups so far. A couple last year were held at the then new ‘Collins Collective‘ coworking space, centrally located at the top end of Collins Street, Melbourne (Suite 6, Level 6 Collins Street). The others were at Electron Workshop in North Melbourne, an established and innovative coworking space run by Nick Jaffe and Martin Gleeson, which is where the event is being held this Friday.

Electron Workshop – 31 Arden Street North Melbourne

www.electronworkshop.com.au

Electron Workshop  Jelly Meetup lunch break Nick Jaffe + Jason O + Andrew Lai + Jane Deany

Electron Workshop Melbourne Jelly Meetup lunch break Nick Jaffe + Jason O + Andrew Lai + Jane Deany

I must say I met some really interesting nice people and learned a few things too.

The Space
Electron Workshop is a quiet coworking space that attracts numerous independents as well as people working in the digital media industry. It’s friendly, convenient, near great cafes, Victoria Market, not very far from public transport and has a nice relaxed vibe. Oh yes, I mustn’t forget to mention the cappuccino machine and ping pong table. They even have an in-house theatre.

… Jelly Meetupcoworking … champagne breakfast …
Electron Workshop … Friday 18 July 2014 …

This month’s Electron Workshop Jelly is extra special as they’re putting on a special champagne breakfast (RSVP needed via Melbourne Jelly Meetup and there are limited spaces).

The Jelly option is a great opportunity to trial coworking. Some people come to just get out of their office, especially home office and to have a change of pace or scene for the day or a few hours. Others jump at the chance to get fresh ideas by way of chatting to fellow ‘jelliers’.
Whatever suits you, it’s a pretty casual affair.

Jelly is open to anyone and it’s free!

Cheers, Jane Deany

Facebook and coworking

I thought I would explore the topic of coworking from the point of view of what Facebook had to say. I was pleased to see that the generic term ‘coworking‘ was not ‘owned’ by anyone.

For what it’s worth, Facebook provided a nice introduction or overview of what coworking is, courtesy of a feed from Wikipedia. Naturally I ‘liked’ the page and if you are interested in coworking, why not ‘like’ the page as well.

I was the 3,523rd person to ‘like’ the page on Facebook, so I guess on a global scale, that’s not that many people. I guess that even though coworking has been around since 2005, it is still a relatively new concept.

As a global trend however, I think since 2013 I have noticed signs that the trend is really taking off, with many new coworking spaces popping up. They certainly are in and around my hometown Melbourne. It seems everytime I talk about coworking, someone tells me of another new space that has recently popped up.

Here is the link to the Facebook page about ‘coworking’ –

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coworking/109430585741864#

There is quite a lot written about it, and as I continue my research on my pet topic of coworking, I am amazed at how many books there are on the topic as well.

I will write about some of these books when I get the chance. My last blog post was in fact about one of these books. Its title was ‘The Style of Coworking‘. Here’s a link to that blog post of 2 July 2014Coworking space design ideas and inspiration‘.

Given my interest in the collaboration side of #coworking, a book title that I found in the Hub Melbourne library is ‘How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration’ by Scott Doorley & Scott Witthoft. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. I am really looking forward to getting a moment to delve into this area as I am fascinated about the possibilities of collaboration that coworking has the potential to create.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Coworking space design ideas and inspiration

Before I begin to write about coworking and collaboration, it might be fun to check out some fabulous images of funky #coworking spaces which you can find by looking at Pinterest and books on the subject.

Below is the link to my Coworking Is Cool Pinterest board. You can also search the term ‘coworking’ or related words directly on Pinterest to find lots of inspiration and ideas, and get a sense of what some of the spaces look like.

There are lots of cool spaces to be found around the globe and the trend to #cowork shows no sign of fading.

http://www.pinterest.com/janedeany/coworking-is-cool/

Cover The Style of Coworking - Contemporary Shared Work Spaces 2013 by Alice Davies + Kathryn Tollervey

Cover The Style of Coworking – Contemporary Shared Work Spaces 2013 by Alice Davies + Kathryn Tollervey

Another place to look for ideas about coworking spaces is via a book someone loaned me. The title of the book is –

‘The Style of Coworking – Contemporary Shared Work Spaces’
by Alice Davies & Kathryn Tollervey
Published 2013, by Prestel.

The book has about 160 pages of visual coworking inspiration from around the globe, not to mention the descriptions of the spaces pictured.

The book gives you some ideas about where coworking is currently happening around the world. It is an attractive and inspiring publication.

I am glad my friend spotted it. Enjoy being inspired, cheers, Jane Deany