Get to know coworking better!
Nowadays we all know what coworking is and how this community works, but some of us may still ask themselves – what makes coworking so effective?
Here are some quick answers:
– People who use coworking spaces see their work as meaningful;
– Coworking spaces consist of members, who work for different companies and project, and that really “open doores”;
– Most of the spaces have 24/7 member access which give coworkers more job control – wheather you decide to work all day long because of a deadline, or go for a walk in the park first and spend the evening working!
Here are some books we find useful and we think they are in Top 5 “must-read” about coworking:
This exploration of the innovative interior design of coworking spaces offers a unique look at a workplace revolution that’s sweeping the globe. Coworking is redefining the way we work. Around the world, people are collaborating to create a new kind of economy that supports community and innovation while preserving valuable resources. This illustrated survey of spaces dedicated to coworking features 30 of the most impressive office spaces around the world. Google Campus in London, The HUB’s global network of sites, and more off-the-radar examples such as Makeshift Society in San Francisco are just a few of the spaces profiled. Each is illustrated via a range of wide-angle and close-up photographs, offering readers page after page of inspiring ideas–from a repurposed shipping container to a beautiful cushion made from a vintage silk scarf.
by Alice Davies (Author), Kathryn Tollervey (Author)
Forecasting Coworking: Architectural Strategies for Your Coworking Space
We think coworking facilities have a great need for architectural guidance, but too often a low cash flow turns a coworking start-up into a bare-bones DIY project. This manual is intended to help you – facility owners, current coworkers, and those new to coworking – get the most out of your space. We’ll discuss what to look for in selecting the location of a new building and common problems of coworking facilities that result from combining autonomy and social interaction.
by Cassie Hibbert, Ted Kimble, Justin White
In The Coworking Handbook you’ll discover everything you need to know about opening, managing and growing a successful coworking space. Avoid the common pitfalls of this exciting new industry and learn what really works around the world from experts and founders of the coworking movement. You’ll learn: * How to facilitate member connection and address member issues * Why building a community first matters * How to handle sticky financial situations * How to design, orient and position your space in * the community * The most important areas of a coworking space (that many overlook) * How to work with journalists and get steady media attention * How to grow your coworking space into a profitable business More than just a thinker’s guide, this handbook is full of actionable ideas, including bonus checklists, spreadsheets, links to online resources and more, helping you jump right into building your ideal space and thriving community.
by Ramon Suarez
Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration
Make Space (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a new book based on the work at the Stanford University d.school and its Environments Collaborative Initiative. It is a tool for helping people intentionally manipulate space to ignite creativity.
Appropriate for designers charged with creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping an existing space, this guide offers novel and non-obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play—and innovate. This work is based on years of classes and programs at the d.school including countless prototypes and iterations with d.school students and spaces.
by Scott Doorley (Author), Scott Witthoft
I’m Outta Here!
“I’m Outta Here! How coworking is making the office obsolete” is a book about the people and places that make up a workplace revolution.
From a single space in San Francisco at the beginning of 2006, coworking has grown to over 70 spaces worldwide at the end of 2008, with more appearing almost daily. Read the book and you’ll see why so many talented workers have turned their backs to the office and said, “I’m outta here!”
by Drew Jones (Author), Todd Sundsted (Author), Tony Bacigalupo (Author)