On the 20th of March 2012 we published our 500th article. In this series we like to review the articles that you (the readers) and we (the authors) both consider most relevant and important to demonstrate what “CoWorking News” represents today. In part 1 we looked at our start in 2009. Today we like to continue with our most important articles in 2010.
We are very happy to share and review with you the most interesting stages and developments of „CoWorking News“ at this „500-article-milestone“ today!!! Thanks to your interest and feedback, it was very easy to identify about 25 articles that you (the readers) and we (the authors) both consider most relevant and important to demonstrate what „CoWorking News“ represents today. This is the foundation we can build on and that we like to develop! Thank you for being our supporters and readers!!!
As I was just researching on an article on „Free Coworking“ , more precisely on „Free Coworking Grants“, I noticed something that we should become more aware of. In trying to make a better coworking world, we run the danger of becoming slaves to an apparently „cozy“ but artificial design world. In doing so, we tend to relate more to the building and things rather than to our coworkers. To give you an example. There are a lot of coworking sites now that promote coworking offers. A lot of them are very nicely done, with very attractive pictures. One example „SharedDesks“. The example chosen is random, I picked London, and this is what I found. Very beautiful, I think everyone will agree, but something is missing. It is not only the people that are missing in the picture, but more importantly there is no feedback loop. You cannot comment on this or any other coworking offer as a user. And this is the same on all the other sites I found in the net.
I like to pick up the great ideas of Phil Shapiro (PC World) and SELC (Policies for a Shareable City #13: Public Libraries). Phil Shapiro suggests a very interesting „Free Coworking“ model for public libraries which the SELC supports:
We are very happy that a number of coworking space operators have already commented on our „Free Coworking“ Campaign and joined the „Free Coworking“ Facebook group. One of them is Ronald van den Hoff (Author, Co-Founder and Trend Strategist of Seats2meet). Here we like to present his comment in full, he posted on CoWorking News:
„Let me indulge you with some background how we set up the operation of our Seats2meet.com co-working concept and dealt with the free co-working business model: