Coworking Europe 2013, the fourth Coworking Europe Conference, organised by Global Enterprise, the Xarxa Punt TIC of the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Lab and the municipality of Barcelona, with the support of the coworking magazine Deskmag, will take place on November 11, 12 and 13 in Barcelona.
More than 300 participants, originating from more than 30 countries from around the world, will gather during three days at Fabra i Coats, a creation factory that the Barcelona City Council is kindly making available for the conference.
Close to fifty speakers and panelists will share their thoughts and best practices with an audience made out of coworking space operators, startup incubator managers and real estate pundits as well as city councils representatives, public development agencies and academics.
All are interested to learn more about Coworking as a plateform able to address critical challenges of our time such as boosting entrepreneurship and innovation, making the independent workforce stronger or to investigate the future of working at the digital age.
After the successes of Coworking Europe 2010 (Brussels, with The Hub Brussels) Coworking Europe 2011 (Berlin, with Club Office and Betahaus) and Coworking Europe 2012 (Paris, with La Fonderie and ARD), Global Enterprise partnered this year with the Generalitat of Catalonia and Xarxa Punt TIC.
For outsiders, here is a reminder of what coworking is :
The concept is simple : professionals from different working areas, independent workers, nomad workers and entrepreneurs find themselves in the same physical space to work on their own projects.
They don’t only seek to break with their isolation and to find an alternative solution to their home office or to the company office they are used to work from; But also to belong to a community of individuals who are open to exchange ideas, and eventually, who are ready to collaborate.
As of early 2013, more than 1.200 coworking spaces are in operation in Europe. In less than 5 years, the total of coworking spaces has overtook, for instance, the total of incubators and innovation centers operating in Europe.
Likewise, Coworking spaces are sprouting everywhere on the planet.
The number of coworking spaces worldwide is almost doubling every year, getting close to 1.500 globally.
The coworking concept, is not limited to the sharing of a facility.
It’s based on the emergence of a new type of interpersonal relationships and on the development of exchange communities, with people sharing values of openness, collaboration and readiness for change.
Nowadays, Coworking spaces are reflective of the emergence of new models and new expectations in the business world and in the society in general. The movement represents a wide variety of styles. It reaches out and is expanding to new audiences.
All over Europe, public institutions and companies are starting to consider Coworking as a source of inspiration in order to implement new working, innovation and collaboration approaches.
As of today, coworking spaces host thousands of entrepreneurs, independents and nomad workers already. They will soon host tens or hundreds of thousands them.
Coworking paves the way for tectonic changes in our modern economies.
The concept and values of coworking are shaping the patterns of change in areas as broad as :