To spark a few emotions at the beginning, I like to look at the currently largest social network „Facebook“. By closer examination you find out, that it is already run to a large extent by the users. The obvious one: Content. I guess no discussion on that one. Another example: Support. According to a german site, it is not possible for Facebook to provide a contact form or direct email support. The explanation: With 750 million free users, the company could not finance such a service. Well, what is the solution? People have to collaborate and support each other :-)) I leave it at that as an introduction because this article is not really about Facebook, it is about „Free Coworking“ and the way Coworkers can connect on a common platform!
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Now we have scientific evidence by Margaret Chatham Crofoot and Ian C. Gilby that small groups have a competitive advantage over larger groups. Translated in terms of changing the world: Small groups like coworking spaces or action groups have a competitive advantage over society as a whole in bringing about a change. Here is what Chatham Crofoot and Gilby found in an experiment with wild capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) groups:“Although numerical superiority is assumed to provide a competitive advantage, small groups can generally defend their ranges, even when greatly outnumbered. The prevailing explanation for this puzzling phenomenon is that individuals in relatively large groups experience a greater temptation to flee from conflicts, in effect levelling the balance of power.“
Here is a film that is about 160 minutes long. It has been seen over 1 million times. I recommend that you see this film. The beginning is a little cumbersome, but bear with it. It is worth it. It might be a good idea to join in your coworking space for a group viewing leading up to christmas and the end of the year. There is plenty to discuss. I think you will find that coworking is a great way to reduce inequality and thereby increase health and general well-being. What do you think?
Public libraries in Toronto and Copenhagen do it, so Coworking Spaces can do it as well. Reading in the human library. Of course this process of exchange and knowledge transfer is one of the backbones of coworking. It is taking place in every coworking space whenever two coworkers meet and exchange ideas, but it hasn´t got a name and is not formalized. To me, there is no harm in doing just that. Have a check on the number of daily visitors to the human library of your coworking space and you get a pretty good idea how well your community is working. Have you got a process in place at your coworking space which is just doing that? Let us know.
The „Summer of Smart“ in San Francisco is reaching its final with the last event on the 6th of October 2011. The Summer of Smart is a „new model for how citizens and government can work directly together to address urban issues. Developers, designers, city officials, urbanists, journalists, community members, and more are building rapid innovation prototypes and presenting them directly to government.“ The event next Thursday probably marks the first time in US political history that hackathon teams will present their projects to candidates in the course of an election.