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During most of 19th century, the performance and quality of our cities were measured by the development of conventional infrastructure; including roads, railways, bridges, industrial production and other physical facilities. During the recent decades a new trend has emerged; shifting the attention towards other factors, such as the ability of a city to provide knowledge communication and social infrastructure. Continue Reading…

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Coworking is like something that is new, and that makes you ten time faster. It’s something that elminates massive amounts of waste and inefficency”

~ Adam Duston of Incrwd

The video was produced by Cambridge Coworking Center.

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Will cannot emphasize this enough..

Coworking is not just about desks; It’s about people.

In the last couple of days, I’ve been working at Mutinerie, a coworking space in Paris, and the statement above has never been so true as in this case. Aside the warm welcome reserved to me by the “Chef Mutin” Sanya, the atmosphere you can breath here is fantastic: quiet, relaxed, and easy going.

The space is filled with the diverse range of professionals: from the developers typing code who were sitting on the right side of the ping-pong table, where I was working, to film makers, project managers, graphic designers, to the executive “suits” type :-) .

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Cecile, Pascale and Helene

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I was lucky as Friday there was a “Community Lunch” taking place, prepared by Natalie and Daniel. We had a delicious tartiflette avec salade (tartiflette is a traditional french dish with potatoes, bacon, onion, cream and cheese, all backed up in the oven) plus a dessert with cinnamon flavored oranges and biscuits. As Antoine, one of the space managers, points out, it’s a spontaneous event, it’s not something planned in advance.

Natalie, the lady behind the initiative, is a former design teacher. She had to stop working after a health problem, but she’s now committed to go back on the job market, and wants to give her own career a turn. “I’m now writing design software books and manuals” she says “but I’d really love to go back and work as a designer, my first dream”.

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Natalie

Natalie chose to work in a coworking space because it’s easier for her to get along with other people rather than alone, also from a professional point of view, since she’s thrown right in the middle of the Paris freelancing scene. The other reason she chose to cowork, as she says, “It gives me a chance to provide good food to the community“.

The whole experience was awesome: almost everyone stopped working, leaving their desk and coming to the café/lounge in the near of the space, sharing the meal with the community.

During the lunch I had a talk with Antoine.

Antoine

Antoine

“The best thing you can find here is the people. It amazes me each time. There’s no day that pass without somebody starting a new partnership with someone else. It may be just some design collaboration, a logo in exchange of some help with PR, but it’s always wonderful to see people helping each other

~ Antoine – Mutin Palabreur at Mutinerie Coworking Space

As he points out, every community in early stages needs a place, a center to converge to, but after the seeds are planted, the place itself doesn’t make any difference.

It’s all about culture” says Antoine “we could well move or expand in another part of the city, but the culture we’ve created it’s going to move with us. That’s our most solid foundation, our cornerstone“.

The experience at the Mutinerie was awesome. If you’re passing by Paris and need an internet connection, a desk and some nice people, this spot definitely worth a try. Just thought I’d share my experience here.

Do you have a great coworking story to share? Drop me a line and tell us about it: cassi@sharedesk.net

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We Promised you community features, your delivery has arrived! 

Contrary to popular believe, the lower the price of a workspace does not always increase its likeliness of success. The positive attitude towards pricing is something transient, not permanent, especially when the economy is stable, people are less concerned with costs, and more focused on opportunities.The real, permanent added value of a coworking space are people and content.

That is why we have taken some early steps towards building a more community-oriented platform. We’ve engaged in lengthy conversations with our users and vendors, then taken a closer look at our development pipeline to make room for some features that could bring value to both sides. We are building a user-centric marketplace, and we thought the best way to start is to introduce our community product; ShareDesk Connect! Continue Reading…

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RocketSpace, a San Francisco based accelerator for technology and new media startups currently hosts over 120 companies in its Four-story offices in SOMA, San Francisco.

RocketSpace was launched in early 2011 by technology exec Duncan Logan, who was frustrated by his search for flexible office space at the time. In less than two years RocketSpace has blown up to be one of the hottest platforms for tech entrepreneurs who want to access a space that provides much more than just a desk and great coffee.

We connected with RocketSpace Founder and CEO Duncan Logan to hear how he turned a bootstrapped coworking space into a ‘Hit Factory‘ for tech startups. Here is the interview in its entirety: Continue Reading…

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Welcome to the second episode of the Bootstrapping Coworking series.

Today we’ll have a talk with Swantje Wendt, owner of Nadelwald Co-Sewing space, one of the most original coworking spaces in Berlin.

Launched almost one year ago (if you are reading us from Berlin, be sure to not to miss the birthday party on September 22nd) Nadelwald is a wonderfully furnished facility in the Neukölln neighbourhood which allows people to rent sewing machine equipped desks.

Originally thought as a spot for fashion designers, it’s now become a place where DIY lovers come to learn how to produce their own clothes and accessories.

To put it in Swantje’s words:

no more shopping guys — Let’s do something by your own.

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If you are an Italian coworking lover, if you don’t know what coworking is and want to learn more, even if you are not Italian, but you’re passing by Italy on September 22nd and 23rd, you don’t want to miss the first Italian Coworking unConference.

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Welcome to the brand new “Bootstrapping Coworking” series.

Here we want to share the knowledge and the direct experiences of those that succeedingly launched a coworking space: from the idea inception to the final opening and subsequent promotion, we’ll try to cover every stage of the process.

For the first episode, we had a talk with Alessandro Di Tecco, an Italian UI designer.

In April 2012 Alessandro launched The Collective, a stylish coworking space in Verona, one of the most beautiful town in northern Italy (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

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In the video embedded at the bottom of the page, produced by Mutinerie, an awesome coworking space in Paris, there are some interesting considerations about Coworking and the corporate world.

It has already been pointed out that many businesses, especially small businesses and startups, are abandoning their offices to move towards shared workspaces.

But even if the trend is involving big corporations, I don’t think that large organizations are going to completely switch to Coworking, at least not for now, for logistical and cultural reasons.

Still, Coworking successful model can bring a gust of fresh air in the corporate culture, starting from the relationships between employers and employees and between employees and work.

So, let’s see what Corporations and Organization can learn from coworking: Continue Reading…

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No matter if you are from San Francisco, Turin or Cairo, as a freelancer or independent worker, you can benefit from working in a coworking space.

Creativity

Working in contact with other people is more inspirational than working alone, and it’s a boost for your creativity: you can get good advice, collaborate with others on projects, or discuss your consolidated practices.

Even if, especially in the beginning, the thought of confrontation might be scary, you will see that it’s all about learning: fellow coworkers will give you the priceless possibility to learn a lot, to see how skilled professionals handle their jobs, thus empowering yourself with new and valuable knowledge.

Life and Work Balance

Performing your daily duties in a coworking space will help you keep work life and personal life separated from each other: you will not only be forced to, at the very least, put your pants on while sitting in front of your computer, but also you will be able to do your job in a distraction-free environment.

More importantly, you will develop a more efficient work schedule, and we all know how much it’s important to maintan such a routine.

Finally, your work day will be way more enjoyable, because you will meet new people and build your personal and professional network. :)

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Have you ever been stuck on a problem while doing a project, banging you head against the monitor trying to solve it, maybe because you lacked the right skillset?

Let’s admit it, sometimes it’s just better to let someone else with the right knowledge deal with certain kind of stuff, and a coworking space is one of the best place to get in touch with a designer for that logo, or an iOS developer for that mobile app.

Given their ability to gather various type of professionals, coworking spaces are sweet spots to find new collaborators and team members for your projects.

What do you think? Has coworking improved your productivity?

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