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A coworking love sonnet.
Katharine Chestnut and the Alkaloid Network members shared a lovely sonnet called “How do I love thee?” ahead of St Valentine’s Day this Sunday.
How coworking leaders in the UK are assembling and self-organizing.
Mike Zeidler shares the thoughts, structures and processes behind the UK Coworking Assembly .
5 overarching needs from future workspaces and offices.
Steelcase conducted studies that engaged over 32,000 people in 10 countries and share the needs that will drive shifts in work experience and lead how offices are planned and designed.
The overarching needs are to feel safe; to belong; to be productive; to be comfortable based on what needs to be done; and to have greater control of where and how they work.
Members really really miss traditional coworking communities.
Sophie Burkholder shares how 1776 and CIC Philadelphia implemented virtual coworking offerings, and what members miss most about building from within physical coworking spaces.
Bill & Melinda advise business leaders to support women workers.
In their 13th annual letter, the philanthropic couple shared a few suggestions for rebuilding a stronger global community than existed pre-pandemic.
Alongside the 5.4M jobs lost by women in the US, those who still have jobs are ‘paying professional consequences’ through taking a brunt of the extra load of unpaid care work.
They make the case to start treating child care as essential infrastructure , and that it’s “just as worthy of funding and support as roads and fiber optic cables”.
Coworking or co-working?
Bernie Mitchell reminds us that words (and punctuation) matter, especially when it comes to coworking, by exploring definitions, grammar, SEO, hashtag and community implications.
Salesforce announces their new workspace strategy.
Global cloud-based software company Salesforce shared their new workspace strategy after internal wellbeing surveys shared that 80% of employees wanted some kind of physical space.
The global firm will give employees 3 ways of working: Flex (1-3 office days per week), Fully Remote (full-time remote) and Office-based (4-5 days in the office).
1776 at Ambler Yards rebrands as Station Coworking.
The coworking space that opened in 2018 as a licensee of the 1776 network (prev. Benjamin’s Desks) as the first urban style coworking space in the Philadelphia suburbs.
The rebrand comes as the established operator strikes out on their own to better meet their members’ and clients’ needs.
New bingeable coworking marketing podcast series.
Bernie Mitchell has been involved with coworking in London, UK since 2010.
In his new ‘ How to market your coworking space: the easy way ‘ podcast series he chats with a bunch of folks who have deep knowledge of the coworking and marketing worlds to share fresh and simple marketing ideas.
Jamie Dundas from Monday Works put together a thorough (and free) 16 page guide to picking technology for your coworking space.
“Coworking is far from a new idea, but it’s the first time in history that so many people actually need it.”
Phil Szomszor posted his thoughts on LinkedIn about how a pair of commercial units down the road could have been turned into coworking spaces instead of being sold off.
It definitely struck a chord with over 50 replies from a wide variety of interesting and insightful folks.
Justin Raymond from flexday shares an intro video (and case-study) that may be useful for corporations thinking about how to leverage coworking spaces as part of their workspace strategies.
Nellie Hayat chats with Darren Graver (Workspace Expansion lead at TransferWise ) about how they’re re-imagining their workspaces and turning their offices into destination experiences.
Bernie Mitchell chats with Elena Giroli about how Creative Works , as a coworking space, is making an impact around their local community and how it brings potential changes in the lives of the people in their community
Jamie Russo catches up with Giovanni Palavicini about what 2021 could entail for the coworking sector.
24 Feb: International conversation about the February Coworking IDEA challenge.
25 Feb: Making a strong impact with your local coworking space event by London Coworking Assembly and friends.
26 Feb: “ Using Clubhouse to promote your coworking space ” Coworking Convo event.