I just saw on Google Groups that there is a great opportunity for people who cannot make it to Austin to take part in the discussions tomorrow (8th of March). Claire Rodriguez is setting up various Google Hangouts (Panellists), (Unconference). As we will not be able to be in Austin this could be a great opportunity for us to take part and to discuss and develop „Free Coworking“ with the panellists and visitors of the conference. I hope there will also be some people „on the ground“ in Austin who are interested to discuss the subject. Looking at the schedule of the conference, the sessions from 9:30 to 10:30 „How to Design, Build and Grow your Space for Collaboration“ and from 1:15 to 2:00 „How to Get Government Funding, Operate as a Non-Profit and be Bad Asses“ are probably most relevant for „Free Coworking„. I asked Claire if she might be able to set up a forum for „Free Coworking“. If we are lucky, she will succeed. In any case, I hope we will advance the idea and can develop „Free Coworking“ during the conference in one way or another. Please join if you can!
Kategoriearchiv: CoWorking Basics, Konzeptionelles
Currently I see two very important developments in coworking. One is the increase in collaboration between coworkers for example in the jelly coworking mode (example Jellyweek). Secondly I see more collaborations between spaces and coworking operators like in Prague and Seattle ( as described in this article below). Both developments use „Free Coworking“ and help to bring about a more integrated and interconnected coworking community.
In his talk on „Science and Practice of Cooperation“ (see Video below thx David Hodgson for sharing) Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler develops the idea of systems of self-interest and systems of collaboration. In terms of computer hardware and software these systems could be identified with people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates on the one hand and networks and developments like Linux and Open Source on the other. In terms of knowledge transfer they could have representatives like Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia. Yochai Benkler is not a complete critic of the system of self-interest although he presents ample evidence that systems of collaboration are not only feasible, but also more sustainable and human.
First of all a big thank you to Jay for his great comment and very valuable points concerning the introduction of „Free Coworking“ in an already running coworking space!!! I am taking the unusual step to reply to his comment in a blog article, because I believe many people are interested to join the discussion.
What would you rather have, a „free apple“ or a „paid apple“? By the way, I am talking about the fruit not the products from Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs ;-). I once had a box of apples that was left over from a conference. I could not take the box home, so I thought it would be nice to give the apples away. I went outside to offer the apples to the people walking by. What do you think how many people were happy to receive a fresh apple for free? I was very surprised, not many! I guess if you think about it, it is not very surprising, though I find, there is a good point for evolution here.