International Coworking Day
6yrs ago today Brad Neuberg opened the first coworking facility in San Francisco. He cited the reason why there needed to be another option:
Traditionally, society forces us to choose between working at home for ourselves or working at an office for a company. If we work at a traditional 9 to 5 company job, we get community and structure, but lose freedom and the ability to control our own lives. If we work for ourselves at home, we gain independence but suffer loneliness and bad habits from not being surrounded by a work community.
I often wonder if he looks in amazement at the growing number of coworking spaces that have popped up around the world. Just a year ago there were maybe 500, and now there are nearly 1000, we’re having conferences together, we’re sharing resources, using collective buying power, and starting to make an impact on government policy. Toronto and the GTA has exploded with the addition of five new facilities this year alone, and existing local spaces have expanded, too. We’re a growing force; daily we’re changing the way people work and how freelancers are perceived. We’re leveraging economic uncertainty to help others, and embracing new media avenues to spread the word. In 6 short years, we’ve come a long way as a movement, and there are no signs of stopping.
So, happy coworking day! This day is for you, celebrate it how you see fit (we might have pie here at Camaraderie, since that is our celebratory food of choice). And while any day is ideal, try to make today the day you introduce the idea of coworking to someone. You might be giving the gift of productivity and community. You might change someone’s mind and find a great new coworker.