I believe there is a strong connection and interdependence between coworking and the way Apple made the use of computers fun, aesthetic and user-oriented. When you go into a coworking space you do not want an explanation how things are done. You expect to start straight away without a manual. Follow your intuition and curiosity then things just start rolling. Many coworking spaces are successfully applying this recipe and I believe that it is not a coincidence that many of these people use a computer that was inspired and developed by Steve Jobs and his colleagues. Put your heart or an „Apple“ ;-) in your work and things just start to flow. Collaboration needs a sense for and attention to detail, it needs the heart of everyone involved and it needs to be fun. Steve Jobs showed how this could be the foundation of the most successful technology company today. There is a lot we can learn from Steve Jobs and his partners. Stay hungry and foolish, Jobs advised the Stanford Students in 2005 in his famous speech. He could have added, collaborate in a way that is fun and productive. Of course he would have had a coworking space in mind based on the principles and visions that kept him going even in the face of a fatal disease. Thank You Steve Jobs!!! Coworking would not have come about without your visions and products.
One of the great things when you come back from a holiday is that you are more sensitive and more observant concerning your daily life and routines. Now is a great chance to change and improve small and big aspects in your work and life balance. If you happen to work in a company there is usually very little scope and opportunity for larger changes. If on the other hand you work at home or in a coworking space the largest limiting factor is usually you and your routines. What would you like to change, which aspect of your work-life balance needs more attention?
In relation to our second birthday yesterday and as a general coworking challenge I like to launch the „Joint communication initiative for coworking“. Coworking never sleeps, so it would be very useful to give local coworking correspondents in every time zone access to the CoWorking News site to write and publish their articles. The successful launch of the „Open International CoWorking Calendar“ provides a strong argument, that this can work very well.
Exactly two years ago we started our site with this article. One year later we celebrated our first birthday with over 30.000 unique visitors. Today we have reached more than 90.000 unique visitors. With 378 published articles (see archive or use search function) we managed to write an article a little more than every other day. And this is only the start!!!
Am Anfang war eine Idee, … und dann kamen die Menschen. Als einer der „Coworking-Opas“ der frühen Stunde in Deutschland habe ich vorhin mit Erstaunen im Wikipedia-Eintrag für „Coworking“ gelesen: „Ein Treffen von 13 Leuten in Meiningen besitzt nicht wirklich deutschlandweite oder gar weltweite Relevanz„. Ich kann anhand der IP-Adresse nicht nachvollziehen, wer dies geschrieben hat, daher nutze ich diesen Artikel, um als „Zeitzeuge“ meinen Standpunkt darzulegen.