Coworking spaces aren’t just meeting rooms for hire or desk rentals for you to plug your laptop into and work in isolation. It has been established that what makes shared workspaces special is the community it builds and the collaboration that develops within that community.
One of the ways to establish a coworking community is by providing areas where they can mingle or work together, such as relatively relaxed living room-style spaces or cafeterias with big tables where bigger groups of people can sit together.
Another is by hosting a variety of events such as those that help members develop new skills or improve on existing ones, meet-ups with potential partners, clients or investors, and even the occasional party that gives everyone an opportunity to relax and have informal engagements with each other.
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You probably have watched at least one TED Talk video on YouTube or on the TED Talks website. If you have never heard about TED, it is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design (get it?) converged, and a whole spectrum of topics — from science to business to global issues.
Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. Click here to learn more about TEDx.
We’ve collected some of the more recent (and not so old but still very relevant) TEDx Talks featuring ideas about co-working, the independent worker, remote working, and the future of workspaces for your viewing pleasure.
Continue reading “TEDx Talks: Co-Working Ideas Worth Spreading”
In the early aughts, when tech companies were booming, we were shown their workplaces and it looked like nothing compared to the “traditional” offices in the 80’s and 90’s with the endless gray cubicles. These offices, with its open plan concept and jean-wearing employees, looked so ideal that everyone wanted to work for these companies. These places made it seem like actual work is fun.
For a while, it became the dream office design. Managers are not secluded in their offices and are now approachable. The open office seemed like the perfect solution for collaboration and camaraderie amongst employees. It takes away the formality of interacting with a coworker when you can easily reach them rather than having to knock on doors. Plus, it is a whole lot cheaper to build.
However, if you have read any of the articles about open office spaces in the last few months, it seems it is all just myth after all.
Continue reading “Improved Collaboration & Communication in an Open Office Just a Myth?”
No matter what line of work you are in, your skills, intelligence, talent, or even luck may not be always enough to help you succeed or reach your goal in a short amount of time.
There will always be a need for tools — whether hardware or software — that will help you manage the little things more efficiently and effectively, so you will have more time to deal with the big things and do what you do best.
Continue reading “Essential Tools for Co-Working”
Still not convinced why you should pay to rent a desk to get work done when you can just go to the public library and access Wi-fi for free or to your favourite coffee shop in your neighborhood?
Well, you are never guaranteed that you’ll get good seats in a coffee shop that are right next to a power outlet. Yes, a library would be a great place that is quiet to let you focus on your work, but then that is all you get. Continue reading “Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community”
Co-working has come a long way since, well, depending on your point of view — it’s either 1995 if you are looking at the advent of the co-working movement with independent workers/professionals, more specifically hackers, or 1962 if you are taking the serviced offices angle.
If you are interested in looking at the co-working timeline, deskmag created a 1995-2013 timeline here as an article, and as a visual timeline here (unfortunately the images that used to be there are missing now, but it’s still useful). You will find the 1962-2017 flexible workspace timeline created by allwork here.
Continue reading “Co-Working: The (Near) Future of Work?”
As mobile technology becomes more advanced and Internet access increasingly ubiquitous, working remotely has become a more viable and oftentimes more practical option for a majority of the always-connected workforce. Additionally, it seems the freelance economy is on the rise, with a growing number of people preferring freelance work where they have the opportunity to earn more compared to traditional jobs. Hence, there are more professionals working from home or coffee shops than ever.
And why shouldn’t they? Continue reading “No Freelancer Is An Island”
Feeling uninspired and unable to get any work done in that crowded and noisy coffee shop?
Or are they just too many distractions at home or at the office?
Fret no more! AnyWorkspace and a number of our Space Providers in Hong Kong are offering a special 10% discount to customers who will book their space from now until August 9th. Continue reading “Special Promo on Select Workspaces (until August 9th only!)”
In our previous post, we focused on the physical or environmental attributes of workspaces that make them more conducive to productivity and collaboration.
In this installment of our two-part look into the must-haves for a more engaging work space, we take into consideration the community building and leisure amenities that will set your work space apart from the rest.
Continue reading “Must-Haves for an Engaging Work Space (Part 2 of 2)”
So, you thought that a few desks and chairs, a broadband Internet connection, and a coffee maker are all you needed to open a co-working hub. However, you have zero repeat customers despite your sought-after location and the few that visits your establishment looks miserable and uninspired.
Fortunately, you can still transform your space to attract more customers, inspire creativity and productivity, and have them spread the word that your co-working space is the place where they can get work done and enjoy doing it.
Continue reading “Must-Haves for an Engaging Work Space (Part 1 of 2)”