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„Free Coworking“ explained (Part1): Applied Teamwork

Veröffentlicht am 18. Januar 2012 von Felix Schürholz in Kategorie: CoWorking Basics, Konzeptionelles, CoWorking Kultur, CoWorking News International, Crowdsourcing, Feuilleton, Fun, Satire, Videos | Kommentieren »

To clarify some points about „Free Coworking“ we start this series: „Free Coworking“ explained. Today I like to look at one of the most important aspects for „Free Coworking“ to become widespread and sustainable. Number One: Without „Applied Teamwork“ or „Collaboration“ there is no „Free Coworking“. In my introduction to „Free Coworking“ on the 6th of January I stressed the importance of Social Capital to attract Financial Capital to finance „Free Coworking“. This process requires that the community (Social Capital) not only exists in terms of grouped desks and chairs, but in terms of real collaboration and real common projects. It is not only the openness to collaborate, that is required, but real projects and the project experience that is gained from these projects. Without real projects, there is no real interaction. Without real interaction, there is no Social Capital. Enjoy the video below which illustrates „practical“ cooperation and „applied teamwork“ in an unusual setting :-)))

„Free Coworking“ Group sets 15.000.000 € Social Capital as first target

Veröffentlicht am 8. Januar 2012 von Felix Schürholz in Kategorie: CoWorking Basics, Konzeptionelles, CoWorking News International, Entrepreneurship, kleine Unternehmen, Funding, Fundsachen, Gruppenprozesse | Kommentieren »

On day two, of the „Free Coworking“ Campaign, the Group has already doubled in size. If we could double the size of the group every day now, we would reach our first target in 14 days!!! Spread the word, join the group!!! Many of you might ask themselves what we might do with all this Social Capital? For one, we could „put“ ;-) it into a „Timebank“ (see Mira Luna´s article on Shareable) or we put it to work for the growth of Coworking and Coworking Infrastructure. Become an activist for „Free Coworking“ and build „Free Coworking“ (link to follow ;-)) with us!

Coworking Evolution: Coworking goes „Free Coworking“

Veröffentlicht am 6. Januar 2012 von Felix Schürholz in Kategorie: CoWorking Basics, Konzeptionelles, CoWorking Kultur, CoWorking News International, Featured Article, Meinung, Videos | 31 Kommentare

Yes it is true. Coworking is going to evolve into „Free Coworking“. I predict that within the coming year you will see a marked increase in „Free Coworking“ offers. What do I mean by „Free Coworking“?  „Free Coworking“ means that as a coworking space user you do not pay for the use of the desk, chair etc. How is that possible? Someone else is going to pay :-) !!! Why would anyone want to pay for your coworking space usage? Because „this someone else“ is benefiting from your work. This might be a customer or client, a member of your project team, an organisation, a small or large cooperation, a foundation, the state – in short „Financial Capital“ will pay the bill.

„Waste becomes Resource“ Campaign on CoWorking News presents: Books For Africa

Veröffentlicht am 9. Dezember 2011 von Felix Schürholz in Kategorie: CoWorking Basics, Konzeptionelles, CoWorking Kultur, Videos, Waste becomes Resource | Kommentieren »

Now this is what I call an achievement!!! 25 million books send to African children since 1988. That is about a million books per year. Great!!! Kevin Jones, one of our activists in our newly founded group , already works with this organization. Starting up, like we just did with this campaign,  it is very useful to learn from other organisations and be inspired by very concrete examples. What could be the vision of the „Waste becomes Resource“ Campaign on CoWorking News? Books For Africa writes very succinctly:“Books For Africa. A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to children in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa.“ If I would try to describe the „Waste becomes Resource“ Campaign on CoWorking News in similar terms, it would read something like the following:“Activists from and for the Coworking Community join together to form a network that translates a „resource-oriented-approach“ into concrete actions and projects. Joining the know-how and infrastructure of various coworking spaces, the magnitude and impact of a wide range of projects is hugely increased thereby magnifying the special nature and value of coworking for coworkers and non-coworkers.“ The motto could be: „Positive actions through coworking power!“

Project of the Week>>> Consideration of „Social Capital“ for Coworking

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2011 von Felix Schürholz in Kategorie: CoWorking Basics, Konzeptionelles, CoWorking Calendar, CoWorking Kultur, CoWorking News International, Project of the Week, Studien und Trends | Kommentieren »

For a long time coworking activists and space managers have been struggling to describe the „extra-value“ you create and receive when working in a coworking space instead of working from home. I believe the sociological concept of „Social Capital“ could provide this valuable description. In short, according to James Coleman, social capital is: “ … anything that facilitates individual or collective action, generated by networks of relationships, reciprocity, trust, and social norms.““ And how do we measure or quantify social capital? Here the definition of Nan Lin gives us a clue. Social capital is: an „Investment in social relations with expected returns in the marketplace.“ To summarize, we are talking about a sociological concept with an economic focus.  Following the thought of Nan Lin, we therefore need to take a closer look  at „the  financial return in the marketplace“.