I would say that a national “association” can indeed be effective. I’m part of LExC.org which consists of about 15-20 coworking companies and 40+ locations. We’ve been around now for 3 years. Perhaps why this works is the following:
- We share best practices amongst a tight niche of motivated veterans of coworking operations.
- We “only” have 15-20 of us, not 100’s.
- We do meet in person 3/year, and have monthly calls, typically around topics led by fellow members.
This combination of regular interaction, over phone and in person, has been great for us.
That said, some of us recognize the need for a larger scope, which then along with some others not part of LExC, formed COSHARE.co. I confess we’ve been slow to ramp up, but please look out in the next year for really compelling ways to participate, from
- discounts to the GCUC
- closer ties to national sponsors who want to help all of us with our spaces
- and of course, sharing best practices, just like this coworking Google group.
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On Dec 9, 2014, at 6:41 AM, Jeannine [email protected] wrote:
I will be pleased to put the Survey up for the next “What we’re Talking About” on the Coworking WIki;
I will also be needing a new Blog post for the GLobal Coworking Blog at the beginning of next week and would be pleased to featuyre the survey there as well if you have a blurb about it lying around?
Other concerrted efforts to get the word out (a tweetstorm or similar) I would be pleased to talk about with you; possibly we could ask all the partners adn associates for Open Coworking to talk abotu it? How’s your timing for the promotion?.
It’s been a hugely valuable resource for the community and we woudl love to do it.
On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:58:35 PM UTC+1, Carsten Foertsch wrote:
some of the data of the 4th GCS has been already analyzed:
however, the analysis couldn’t completed yet due to annoying paperwork as result of the insolvency of Deskwanted.
Deskwanted lost its “funding”, not Deskmag. Both companies have been separated from each other. The investor of Deskwanted agreed to a monthly budget, but didn’t transfer this money accordingly, which caused the insolvency of Deskwanted in order to take over the product of Deskwanted (not the company). The investor also wanted to take control of Deskmag unofficially, via Deskwanted and its founders, but it was never, at any point, a part of the investors contract with Deskwanted. Unofficial control means, Deskmag was forced to promote Deskwanted for free by converting it more or less into a Deskwanted Blog. Although the investor put a lot of pressure to do so, I disagreed with it since it never would have a good impact on both Deskmag or Deskwanted. If you are interested, I can write more about it, but’s a complex story which unfortunately couldn’t be finished yet. In fact, it’s still a time-consuming procedure which also had a bad impact on the recent development of Deskmag, it took a lot of time and mental power which was missed to invest into the wider analysis of the Global Coworking Survey etc. It’s still on the way, but unfortunately slower.
The 5th Global Coworking Survey started with a soft-launch a few days ago on www.coworkingsurvey.com to keep the annual structure of the survey going as promised. It also will be officially more promoted this and next week. The analysis will take more time, but’s better than pausing the survey.
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