With time, coworking is growing as the global mega-trend ones expected it would once become.
In some cities, in 2014, the coworking population exceeds a hundred. And far from slowing down, the unfolding of the coworking landscape seems to be accelerating. In some metropoles, coworking is covering the whole urban map.
Have a look at some of those megapoles. We could have added many more examples.
According to La Fonderie-IDF, the organizing partner of the Coworking Europe conference in 2012, 66 coworking spaces are in operation, nowadays, in the French capital city. The digital agency of Paris-Ile de France is confident that Paris will soon be in a position to claim more than 100 operating coworking spaces.
One of the bedrock of Coworking in Europe, Berlin has seen coworking spaces blossoming everywhere in the city. Dozens are now open and running, confirms Projektzukunft Berlin.
Spain being the number 1 coworking country in Europe, it’s no accident that Barcelona is nowadays the metropole with the highest coworking spaces density in the world. A big deal of the more than 100 spaces Barcelona has now pop on this map produced by Coworking Spain.
As for Barcelona, Madrid seems to be experiencing a coworking boom which should have, no doubt, an impact on the unfolding entrepreneurial and creative energy of the city (source of the map : Coworking Spain).
Outside Europe, New York City is obviously another unmissable world coworking hotspot. According to WNYC, dozens of coworking spaces are in operation all across the megapole. Behind those walls, the future of the 21st century digital/sustainable/distributed economy is taking shape.
Looking at the Global Coworking Map or any other regularly updated Coworking directory that are now available online, it’s becoming harder to find a coworking space-free area outside low human density territories like Amazonia, Sahara or Siberia.
Coworking is covering up more and more regions and cities all around the globe. Although Europe and North America are still ahead of the move, Asia, Africa or, mostly, Latin America, are experiencing what could become soon a boom of coworking spaces in their respective urban centers.
No more New York, Berlin, London or Madrid as the only coworking friendly cities on the planet. Time has come to add Reykjavik, Yangon, Yerevan, Addis Ababa or even Peshawar to the list.
With four new coworking spaces opening up, on average, every day somewhere on the planet, no surprise to see Armenia, Cameroon, Guatemala, Pakistan and more widely embracing the coworking move forward.
Some of these initiatives are supported by foreign outsiders (investor or NGO’s). Others are home grown.
For most of them, a coworking space is the bedrock on which a local breed of digital globally connected entrepreneurs can and will germinate, paving the way for the companies and skilled jobs of tomorrow. Many operate as local embassies of the shared economy on the local level, as regional platform to host standardized inspiring format such as TEDx, Startup Weekend and connect, by doing so, to the rest of the world.
Almost all of them want to support the development of an ecosystem of entrepreneurs and freelancers, likewise in Europe or in North America.
Here is a list of ten of those new Coworking destinations :
Reykjavik Coworking, Reykjavik, Iceland
UtopianLab, Yerevan, Armenia
Ice Addis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hub Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Hubud, Bali, Indonesia
Basecamp, Peshawar, Pakistan
ActivSpaces, Douala, Cameroon
Project Hub Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar
Angkor Hub, Angkor, Cambodia
One sleep is separating us from the start of Coworking Europe Conference 2013, so far 301 people have registered from 41 countries, here is the list:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, La Réunion (France), Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA
See you there in a few hours,
Organising team, Coworking Europe Conference 2013
Take aways frome the Coworking Europe 2012
Within this conference, different viewpoints from different regions were observed. Within France, coworking is continuing to grow but there is a strong need to become more international while cooperating and sharing spaces more efficiently.
Within Canada, coworker leader Ashley described her efforts in Toronto. Volunteers and individualistic projects are done on ones own initiative. Also, health and benefits programs have been created to protect the rights of the coworkers. In addition, coworking passports have been created to enable individuals to travel to various locations, being able to work in different environments.
The Manifesto of Coworking and the coworking visa programs are ways to further the progress of coworking. One of the most important values of coworking is the idea of successfully working together. Having a reliable structure and a legitimate set of rules helps regulate the programs. Exchange platforms are also extremely important. By choosing different projects and having the ability to host coworkers, ideas are more easily shared and relationships are successfully built through bonding. Unfortunately, many locations face their own problems. Some places are lacking time while other places lack the ability to distribute information and retain resources.
2020 is a future project for the coworking community. The main goals are continuing to discover great ideas and also to foster creative industries.
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Barcelona is on the verge of becoming the city with the highest Coworking spaces density in the world.
According to representatives of the local Coworking scene, more than 100 spaces are already in operation across the Catalonia capital city.
Nowadays, Coworking is part of the urban landscape in Barcelona. To say the least…
The Barcelona Coworking boom is fueled by the crisis situation that Spain is facing. A lot of dynamic graduated an experience knowledge workers have no other choices than start up a company or create their own job. To join a Coworking space is the obvious first step for many in this breed of entrepreneurs and freelancers, boosting accordingly the demand for more seats.
Barcelona will definitely be the Coworking capital of Europe in 2013.
Last week, the Coworking Spain Conference 2013 has gathered more than 220 attendees in Barcelona. The event was a huge success.
And next fall (11-13 november), the Coworking Europe Conference 2013 will be hosted in the Catalonia capital. More than 300 attendees are expected, form more than 30 countries in Europe and beyond.
The Early bird registration is open here
Don’t wait too long. The number of available is tickets is limited