Sunday, March 15, 2009

Coworking spaces

I just came across the notion of "coworking spaces"

“Coworking is cafe-like community/collaboration space for developers, writers and independents. Or, it's like this: start with a shared office and add cafe culture.”
I'd never heard of it before - it sounds interesting. These places provide facilities like wi-fi, printing, lockers, coffee and meeting rooms.

It seems like they've sprung up all over the place (at least in the US). Here's a smattering of examples: Office Nomads (Seattle), StartPad (Seattle), CubeSpace (Portland), The Network Hub (Vancouver), thinkspace (Redmond), Work Space (Vancouver).

There's one in Melbourne - OpenHub. Didn't see any others in Australia, though apparently this (Monash Enterprise Center and Business Center) works along similar lines.

There's even some general coworking resources: a wiki and associated blog, and a group on Google Groups.

6 comments:

  1. Coworking is all over the planet. There's a big list of them here: https://coworking.pbwiki.com.

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  2. Hi, we, in Italy, have started a little network, there are five of us right now, in Milano and Rome.

    Our network project is here:
    http://coworkingproject.com

    Our social network, involving coworkers and space owners and people interested:
    http://nomadwork.ning.com

    ciao!
    max

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