Coworking beyond sharing office space

I like to think coworking as a company where members share their expertise, resources with others on project basis. Wouldn’t it be nice coworking you attend not only free you from renting an office but also free you from establishing a company and hiring people for specific roles? This would cut fixed costs and create a dynamic environment with easy entry and exit.

Coworking I envision is a company/an organization where members are potential partners on each others projects. Coworking organization shall keep track of projects, maintains databases, manage information, allocate tasks among willing members on projects and distribute profits according to contributions done.

(as per smart contracts)

I will be glad if you can recommend case studies, examples in this line of thought.

Thanks,

Caner

I’ve been dreamin’ about this for a long time: https://dangerouslyawesome.com/2008/04/creative-agency/ In a lot of ways, the Indy Hall community started with the fundamentals of this model before we had a space. I was building my ecosystem of people who I knew and trusted before I needed them, which let me sell work with a “voltron” like model.

It’s true that there’s a whole mess of technical logistical issues that can be be better solved easier today than 10 years ago…but the organizational/community fundamentals are still slippery. But to date, every version I’ve seen (including the ones that we’ve tried) have ultimately broken down in one way or another.

In hindsight, I think the root problem that hasn’t been addressed is the balance between independence, interdependence, and dependence. It’s not an either/or…it’s balancing them.

The model you described creates a network that is highly dependent on a central “organization”, not unlike like the talent agency I described in my post above. The tricky part there is that expectations start to shift away from people looking after each other (interdependence) and towards “who is taking acre of me?” (dependence).

It’s a bizarre thing to watch a healthy, thriving community be torn apart by introducing dependencies. I still think it’s possible, but in my experience it’s been a lot harder to build into something sustainable than people expect…myself included :slight_smile:

-Alex

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On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 1:51 AM, Caner Onoglu [email protected] wrote:

I like to think coworking as a company where members share their expertise, resources with others on project basis. Wouldn’t it be nice coworking you attend not only free you from renting an office but also free you from establishing a company and hiring people for specific roles? This would cut fixed costs and create a dynamic environment with easy entry and exit.

Coworking I envision is a company/an organization where members are potential partners on each others projects. Coworking organization shall keep track of projects, maintains databases, manage information, allocate tasks among willing members on projects and distribute profits according to contributions done.

(as per smart contracts)

I will be glad if you can recommend case studies, examples in this line of thought.

Thanks,

Caner

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The #1 mistake in community building is doing it by yourself.

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You might want to check out Enspiral in Wellington, New Zealand. And their emergent projects such as Loomio.

You might also want to check out the writings of Charles Handy, a business management theorist. He writes about a company where people can hire each other, get paid by anyone, etc.

You might also want to check out the many books on ‘organizational democracy’ or ‘democratic workplaces’ or ‘workplace democracy’ or ‘self-governing communities’, and how cities and very small towns are formed at the very beginning - a town or city is a startup, a theatre production, with the first 2 or 20 or 100+ people. Portland Oregon had a promoter and a funder. The promoter later moved on to another city. A town in Kansas had 20 people, and when a doctor came down the road, they asked him to join them because they wanted a doctor. Jane Jacobs’ books on cities and economies and ecosystems are brilliant.

Part of what is involved is ‘good governance’ - increasing the wellbeing of people overall, including when that means working oneself out of a job (someone at Enspiral just did that). I’d suggest http://collectiveagency.co/governance-guidelines/ Or Elinor Ostrom’s Common Pool Resource writings. Part of what is involved is pitching in where needed - in a downturn, construction workers will go out and do sales when needed, and do it better than the usual salespersons, and almost everyone is joyful about that.

Tisch Talent Guild at NYU was the first coworking organization that I helped start in 1999. We got 1,000 members in the first year. We were potential collaborators on each others’ projects, whether by coworking in the office or through the jobs newsletter or the project management Excel spreadsheet that listed the bios of what we were each looking for/to do. We didn’t keep track of most projects once they found collaborators, but we kept track of the central part of the organization, the umbrella. There are a lot of nonprofits in NYC that are umbrella organizations that connect artists. We maintained a database, sent out the job listserve back when that was a new thing, and had volunteers for various projects, and got funding from the university which was distributed in various ways. We were part of a federation of other student clubs at NYU, with monthly meetings among 30 of us, representatives from each club.

-Alex Linsker, Collective Agency, Portland Oregon http://collectiveagency.co/membership/

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On Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10:12:38 AM UTC-8, Caner Onoglu wrote:

I like to think coworking as a company where members share their expertise, resources with others on project basis. Wouldn’t it be nice coworking you attend not only free you from renting an office but also free you from establishing a company and hiring people for specific roles? This would cut fixed costs and create a dynamic environment with easy entry and exit.

Coworking I envision is a company/an organization where members are potential partners on each others projects. Coworking organization shall keep track of projects, maintains databases, manage information, allocate tasks among willing members on projects and distribute profits according to contributions done.

(as per smart contracts)

I will be glad if you can recommend case studies, examples in this line of thought.

Thanks,

Caner

Hi Caner and everyone!

Here are some places to look:

  1. https://coliga.co/ - these guys run Agora in Berlin and we are looking to set it up in our space here in London.

  2. Look up ‘value accounting’ that is how OuiShare Fest team organise ‘who gets what’ https://goo.gl/lRTFzU

  3. We were at the Open-Coop event in London https://goo.gl/3D0yeh and recorded podcasts that touched on this topic https://goo.gl/uBgTeO - it is something that interests both me and my co-host Trevor from Coworking Niagara.

  4. Also double shout out to Alex’s Enspiral and https://www.loomio.org/ - we use Loomio in OuiShare, and I’d like to make more of this in other places.

  5. Every time I have been part of a project that is ‘people working together’ there have been tears, that is not to say it is not worth it - I LOVE the idea and my deep interest in all the points above stem from wanting to look for a way to make it work.

What to look out for is - everyone else thinks someone else will do the “biz dev and the close” - event the person who says they’ll do it does not :wink:

People underestimate the effort they need to put in and also how long other people’s parts take. Example ‘a few quick changes’ on a website is NEVER a 10-minute job.

I hope that helps :wink:

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On 11 February 2017 at 18:51, Caner Onoglu [email protected] wrote:

I like to think coworking as a company where members share their expertise, resources with others on project basis. Wouldn’t it be nice coworking you attend not only free you from renting an office but also free you from establishing a company and hiring people for specific roles? This would cut fixed costs and create a dynamic environment with easy entry and exit.

Coworking I envision is a company/an organization where members are potential partners on each others projects. Coworking organization shall keep track of projects, maintains databases, manage information, allocate tasks among willing members on projects and distribute profits according to contributions done.

(as per smart contracts)

I will be glad if you can recommend case studies, examples in this line of thought.

Thanks,

Caner

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Dear Alex, Alex and Bernie,
Thank you all for the links and ideas you gave. I hope to contribute in this area by implementing them in my own business and in my community. I sincerely believe these ideas will transform the world sooner than we expect and I am glad to be in this movement.

Thanks for inspirations and ideas once again.

Caner

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On Feb 21, 2017 2:53 PM, “Bernie J Mitchell” [email protected] wrote:

Hi Caner and everyone!

Here are some places to look:

  1. https://coliga.co/ - these guys run Agora in Berlin and we are looking to set it up in our space here in London.
  1. Look up ‘value accounting’ that is how OuiShare Fest team organise ‘who gets what’ https://goo.gl/lRTFzU
  1. We were at the Open-Coop event in London https://goo.gl/3D0yeh and recorded podcasts that touched on this topic https://goo.gl/uBgTeO - it is something that interests both me and my co-host Trevor from Coworking Niagara.
  1. Also double shout out to Alex’s Enspiral and https://www.loomio.org/ - we use Loomio in OuiShare, and I’d like to make more of this in other places.
  1. Every time I have been part of a project that is ‘people working together’ there have been tears, that is not to say it is not worth it - I LOVE the idea and my deep interest in all the points above stem from wanting to look for a way to make it work.

What to look out for is - everyone else thinks someone else will do the “biz dev and the close” - event the person who says they’ll do it does not :wink:

People underestimate the effort they need to put in and also how long other people’s parts take. Example ‘a few quick changes’ on a website is NEVER a 10-minute job.

I hope that helps :wink:

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On 11 February 2017 at 18:51, Caner Onoglu [email protected] wrote:

I like to think coworking as a company where members share their expertise, resources with others on project basis. Wouldn’t it be nice coworking you attend not only free you from renting an office but also free you from establishing a company and hiring people for specific roles? This would cut fixed costs and create a dynamic environment with easy entry and exit.

Coworking I envision is a company/an organization where members are potential partners on each others projects. Coworking organization shall keep track of projects, maintains databases, manage information, allocate tasks among willing members on projects and distribute profits according to contributions done.

(as per smart contracts)

I will be glad if you can recommend case studies, examples in this line of thought.

Thanks,

Caner

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