Is Coworking ready for „Coworking Radio“?

Veröffentlicht am 27. Dezember 2011 von Felix Schürholz in Kategorie: CoWorking Kultur, CoWorking News International, Crowdsourcing, Meinung, Studien und Trends, Videos | Trackback URL | Zur Diskussion

Inspired by Marit Larsen´s song „If a song could get me you“ and my long-held conviction that coworking and radio can benefit hugely from another I like to ask whether 2012 will see „Coworking Radio“ come alive? A lot of what coworking has been about up to now passes via written texts (emails, websites etc.) – through an interface that is usually a keyboard. I believe spoken texts, live interviews, music, dancing and singing will be very important aspects of our work to come. In an empathic world we need to exchange more than short text messages and emails. Without the „spoken word and music“ enthusiasm for new challenges will be very scarce. States of „Flow“ as described by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi currently occur very rarely. We need to activate our voices and bodies to be more productive, more energetic. Our society and our planet needs action now. We need to become whole and happy individuals.

Coworking Radio could be a wonderful tool of cooperation between coworking spaces as well as an excellent marketing opportunity for all coworkers and their projects. Listening to „Coworking Radio“ while working, walking, driving, travelling, there could be so much information that could pass at the same time. Radio gives us back a linear quality of consumption of information which is so important for the cohesiveness of a group. I think, we would only need something like 80,000€ to provide Coworking Radio with a three year budget. On a plattform like „Kickstarter“ we could set up a project to pledge the money. Please comment and get involved. I pledge the first 100€.



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  1. Thank you Peter Schreck for sharing. There is a Podcast on Coworking again http://thecoworkers.com/
    On August 2009, we reported on a similar format http://www.coworking-news.de/2009/08/coworking-society-prasentiert-audio-format-on-coworking/ which was presented by Coworking Society and Andy Louis-Charles http://cosociety.com/post/111014695/audio-interview-with-company-dallas-new-work-city

  2. The Podcasts about Coworking are very good but this is not a Radio Programme. With music and a large group of people collaborating a programme of more than 6 hours per day seems very feasible. I believe content about the coworkers and their projects will prove to be particularly interesting for most people.

  3. With Anni and me brainstorming about the upcoming JELLYWEEK 2012 http://jellyweek.tumblr.com/ we thought about how cool a JELLYradio might be: Delivering the community with the most relevant updates, original voices, tips, hourly update, what is scheduled in the next 3 hours :) _ I only wonder about the concept with a huge budget in my opinion. The diversity around the world and even within a country is so diverse! _

    Dare to be more „occu“!

    Instead of setting up 5 language specific channels with kind of mainstream consensus music I am quite optimistic, that we can do something like this in a really innovative style, with:
    – smart personalisation features (we are just too different for the collectivistic mass media concept of the 80s)
    – narrowcasting features to increase community building and group cohesion
    – differentiating music, news and word modules (see last.fm etc and having podcast modules)
    – „collaborative editing“ (once Digg.com was avantgarde in this) – this means you never need again a central power of editors in chief (paychecks mean fees- or ad-based radio)
    – profile, vote and follow – and mix „your own cowo radio“
    Let us have a „Common Project“ on JW12, starting with finding the goals, functions, requirements and then the structural options. All with value streams in mind – but in 2012 value streams no longer means „financing“! I am totally a fan of crowdfunding – like on kickstarter.com, but maybe you can be more radical and „occu“ (occupista spirit, spell it like „occupy“): Just crowdsource the whole thing.

    With JW12 as a pilot: We might start super-light weight:
    a) Just spread the awareness/skills of how to make good exciting mini-(pod)casts of e.g. 90-300 sec
    b) Just spread the hashtag convention #jellyradio to make proposals for radio-relevant contributions
    c) Just find a simple aggregator measuring popularity of twitter based „On Air“ recommendations
    With this super simple pilot we might harvest a lot of experience about what works and what does not

    Roadmap

    Building a radio platform we should have all media in mind: Cowo-media-platform with howto-videos, permanent hangout listings …. wow a lot of possibilities!

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