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Coworking ‘the happy medium’ between traditional office and home

CoworkingToronto was mentioned in a news article on The Canadian Press, along with WorkplaceOne, Foundery, Camaraderie, and CSI.

Coworking ‘the happy medium’ between traditional office and home

Who is open during the holidays?

Looking for somewhere to work during the holidays?

The coworking spaces in our collective have varying hours of operations. Have a look to see when your favourite space is open or if a space close to you welcomes drop-ins and possibly free days.

 

Acme Works

  • Mon Dec 23 – open to members only
  • Tue Dec 24 – open to members only
  • Wed Dec 25 - open to members only
  • Thu Dec 26 - open to members only
  • Fri Dec 27 - open to members only
  • Mon Dec 30 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 31 - open to members only
  • Wed Jan 1 - open to members only
  • Thu Jan 2 - open to members only
  • Fri Jan 3 - open to members only

Beach Business Hub

  • Mon Dec 23 – open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Tue Dec 24 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Wed Dec 25 - open to members only
  • Thu Dec 26 - open to members only
  • Fri Dec 27 - open to members only
  • Mon Dec 30 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 31 - open to members only
  • Wed Jan 1 - open to members only
  • Thu Jan 2 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Fri Jan 3 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!

Bento Miso

  • Mon Dec 23 – open to members only
  • Tue Dec 24 - closed
  • Wed Dec 25 - closed
  • Thu Dec 26 - closed
  • Fri Dec 27 - open to members only
  • Mon Dec 30 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 31 - closed
  • Wed Jan 1 - closed
  • Thu Jan 2 - open to members only
  • Fri Jan 3 - open to members only

Camaraderie Coworking

  • Mon Dec 23 – open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Tue Dec 24 - open until noon, free!
  • Wed Dec 25 - closed
  • Thu Dec 26 - closed
  • Fri Dec 27 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Mon Dec 30 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Tue Dec 31 - open until noon, free!
  • Wed Jan 1 - closed
  • Thu Jan 2 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Fri Jan 3 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!

Creative Blueprint – College

  • Mon Dec 23 - open all day
  • Tue Dec 24 - open all day
  • Wed Dec 25 - open to members only
  • Thu Dec 26 - open all day
  • Fri Dec 27 - open all day
  • Mon Dec 30 - open all day
  • Tue Dec 31 - open all day
  • Wed Jan 1 - closed
  • Thu Jan 2 - closed
  • Fri Jan 3 - closed

Creative Blueprint – Queen

  • Mon Dec 23 - open all day
  • Tue Dec 24 - open all day
  • Wed Dec 25 - open to members only
  • Thu Dec 26 - open all day
  • Fri Dec 27 - open all day
  • Mon Dec 30 - open all day
  • Tue Dec 31 - open all day
  • Wed Jan 1 - open to members only
  • Thu Jan 2 - open all day
  • Fri Jan 3 - open all day

CSI – Annex

  • Mon Dec 23 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 24 - open to members only
  • Wed Dec 25 - open to members only
  • Thu Dec 26 - open to members only
  • Fri Dec 27 - open to members only
  • Mon Dec 30 - closed
  • Tue Dec 31 - closed
  • Wed Jan 1 - closed
  • Thu Jan 2 - open all day
  • Fri Jan 3 - open all day

CSI – Regent Park

  • Mon Dec 23 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 24 - open to members only
  • Wed Dec 25 - open to members only
  • Thu Dec 26 - open to members only
  • Fri Dec 27 - open to members only
  • Mon Dec 30 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 31 - open to members only
  • Wed Jan 1 - open to members only
  • Thu Jan 2 - open all day
  • Fri Jan 3 - open all day

CSI – Spadina

  • Mon Dec 23 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 24 - open to members only
  • Wed Dec 25 - open to members only
  • Thu Dec 26 - open to members only
  • Fri Dec 27 - open to members only
  • Mon Dec 30 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 31 - open to members only
  • Wed Jan 1 - open to members only
  • Thu Jan 2 - open all day
  • Fri Jan 3 - open all day

Foundery

  • Mon Dec 23 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Tue Dec 24 - open until mid-afternoon, drop-ins welcome!
  • Wed Dec 25 - open to members only
  • Thu Dec 26 - open to members only
  • Fri Dec 27 - open to members only
  • Mon Dec 30 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Tue Dec 31 - open to members only
  • Wed Jan 1 - open to members only
  • Thu Jan 2 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Fri Jan 3 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!

MakeWorks

  • Mon Dec 23 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 24 - open to members only
  • Wed Dec 25 - closed
  • Thu Dec 26 - closed
  • Fri Dec 27 - open to members only
  • Mon Dec 30 - open to members only
  • Tue Dec 31 - open to members only
  • Wed Jan 1 - closed
  • Thu Jan 2 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!
  • Fri Jan 3 - open all day, drop-ins welcome!

 

Please note: if a day is not marked as free, spaces may charge a daily rate for drop-in days. See the individual space for details.

 

Women of Coworking Interview

 

 

Dina Lynch Eisenberg is starting a new coworking space and decided to conduct interviews with other female coworking space founders as part of her research and share the interviews online.

She’ll be posting them on her website, Speaking Up Powerfully. Rachel from Camaraderie will be interviewed via Google Hangout on Thu Aug 8 at 6:15pm. Tune in to hear about how she started her space and how she’s been active in building CoworkingToronto, CoworkingOntario, and CoworkingCanada.

The Beginning of CoworkingToronto, and how Coworking is Contagious

Ever wonder how we got started? Many feel that competitors should keep their secrets and resources to themselves, but with CoworkingToronto, we discarded the notion of competition in favour of collaboration, and that’s gone a long, long way.

In late 2010 three individuals started exchanging e-mails and met to discuss coworking. Eli from Centre for Social Innovation, Craig from Longbranch Coworking, and Rachel from Camaraderie Coworking began conversations with the agreement that we’re not competitors and that we can work together as a team to help raise the profile of coworking across the city. We discussed projects, we shared resources, and we relied on one another for support and advice.

Early the following year, Ray (from the now defunct The Work Republic, but of the now successful startup People and Code) had an idea to brand the group as CoworkingToronto, and thus the website, Twitter account, and first video was formed. And by the end of 2011, the collective had grown and met again more formally and more frequently with new spaces and new faces.

Today the CoworkingToronto collective is made up of many other spaces and has much more involvement. Craig has gone on to open the instantly successful Creative Density in Denver, Colorado, Eli has spearheaded the launch of the much awaited CSI in New York, and Rachel has moved Camaraderie to a better location in Toronto’s west end. The current CoworkingToronto collective meets regularly, attends events under the collective name, launched a passport program, spawned the CoworkingOntario and CoworkingCanada collectives, and inspires other cities to work together and collaboratively.

Launch Parties This Week

There’s not one, but two launch parties of coworking spaces in Toronto this week.

Tonight (Jun 12) join in celebration for Toronto’s newest coworking space, Acme Works at 229 Niagara St (King and Bathurst area).  The festivities start at 6:00pm.

 

And on Fri (Jun 14), join in celebration for one of Toronto’s oldest coworking spaces (but that has relocated, so it’s a [re]launch party), Camaraderie Coworking at 2241 Dundas St W (between Roncesvalles and Bloor. The festivities start at 6:30pm.

International Coworking Community Backs Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer

The coworking community wrote an open letter to the 1 billion freelancers, mobile, independent, and telecommuting workers around the world:

INTERNATIONAL COWORKING COMMUNITY BACKS YAHOO! CEO MARISSA MAYER
OUR BEST WORK IS DONE TOGETHER NOT ALONE

To: Independent, mobile, and distributed workers, 1 billion around the world
Last week the international coworking community – made up of nearly 500 shared workspace pioneers – met in Austin, Texas, at the annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference, GCUC*, to discuss the merits of working alongside others and the evolution of the way we work.

“Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.” – excerpt from the Yahoo! memo.

Yahoo! banning working from home was hotly debated by some of the most forward-thinking minds in workplace productivity and well-being. And workspace experts at the conference were in majority in their support for Marissa Mayer’s controversial decision, in regards to the idea that working along side and interacting with others is essential to fuel creativity, boost productivity and nurture emotional well-being.

The global coworking community represents a growing collection of shared work-spaces, each grounded in a set of core values: collaboration, openness, community, sustainability, and accessibility. These core values now connect 2,498 shared workspaces across the globe and provide a strong platform on which vibrant communities of independent workers grow.

This position has a clear link to how we as the coworking community feel about work. Community is built from first-hand interactions with other human beings. Collaboration and innovation result from discussions we have when we walk away from our desk to discuss our work in a more socially engaging way than an email ever could.

Richard Branson has charged back against the policy saying: “In 30 years time, as technology moves forward even further, people are going to look back and wonder why offices ever existed.” While we can see a side to this that makes sense – distributed work is on the rise – we believe working from home is not the only answer.

Working from home, all of the time, stifles productivity and is actually unhealthy for a majority of people around the world. It is not good for companies or independent workers. The recent 3rd annual Global Coworking Survey** reveals a staggering 91% of people feel less isolated now that they are working out of the home.

“Our industry exists because, for a lot of people, working from home doesn’t work.” says Tony Bacigalupo, co-founder of New Work City – a popular coworking space in New York. That same industry has seen a 300% growth since 2010, according to the recent Coworking Census*** conducted by Deskwanted.com – the leading online portal for finding shared workspaces. 79% of coworkers, who responded to the Global Coworking Survey, said they feel more productive now that they have another option.

We are also supporters of flexibility. In fact, most who work in coworking spaces around the world, also spend large parts of their work-week in other locations, such as cafes, libraries, traditional offices and yes – even back at home.

“Everyone likes working from home, except when they cannot get any work done,” says Steve King of Emergent Research. When you cannot get the work done at home, you need another option.

“It seemed I could either have a job, which would give me structure and community…or I could be freelance and have freedom and independence. Why couldn’t I have both?” says Brad Neuberg, the man who coined the name ‘coworking’.

Our statement comes in response to this current international debate. We want the 1 billion independent and mobile workers around the world to know that there is a choice. There is a space outside of the office, and outside of the home, for you to work. Your local coworking space welcomes you to collaborate, innovate and immerse yourself in a community that supports a new way of work existence.

The Yahoo! memo finishes with a succinct point about human interactions in the workplace,
“Being a Yahoo! isn’t just about your day-to-day job, it is about the interactions and experiences that are only possible in our offices.”

While it was likely a tough and strategic decision to recall all remote workers to the Yahoo! offices, we applaud Ms. Mayer for taking such a risk in an effort to build and strengthen the community within the company – as we do everyday in our spaces.

Whilst we welcome the contribution to the debate made by Ms. Mayer, we do caution Yahoo! that a group of employees working in isolation day after day can become stale and unproductive. We encourage them to allow small working groups of employees to spend time working in other places, where they can still be accountable to the company but energised by input and creativity from fresh environments and other independent workers nearby.

Warmest Regards,

The members of the global Coworking community who have signed below

This letter was prepared by:

Julianne Becker, Deskwanted.com – Berlin, Germany
Marissa Feinberg, Green Spaces NY – New York City, USA
Steve King, Emergent Research – San Francisco, USA
Rachel Young, Camaraderie Coworking Inc. – Toronto, Canada
Joel Dullroy, Deskwanted.com – Berlin, Germany
Tony Bacigalupo, New Work City – New York City, USA
Susan Dorsch, Office Nomads – Seattle, USA
Jean-Yves Huwart, Global Enterprise – Brussels, Belgium
Kristine Woosley, Woosley Studio Inc. – Phoenix, USA
Ashley Proctor, Foundery Inc. – Toronto, Canada
Cristina Santamarina, Cobot – Berlin, Germany

and endorsed by:
Coworking Europe Conference
Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC)
Coworking Canada
Coworking Ontario
Coworking Toronto
Cowo – Italian Network of Coworking Spaces
Slovenia Coworking
Xindanwei 新单位 , Shanghai, China
Coworking.de – German Network of Coworking Spaces
OuiShare – Creative Community for the Collaborative Economy
Beach Business Hub, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Deskmag
Deskwanted

*Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC)
**The 3rd Annual Coworking Survey was conducted by Deskmag and Deskwanted: http://www.deskmag.com/en/1st-results-of-the-3rd-global-coworking-survey-2012
*** The Coworking Census was conducted and published by Deskwanted in February 2013: http://blog.deskwanted.com/2013/02/press-release-new-study-reveals-coworking-boom-worldwide/?utm_source=census&utm_medium=facebook%2Bcover&utm_campaign=DWblog

 

 

Do you agree?  Sign the petition at: http://chn.ge/ZrAPFA

More great coverage for Canadian coworking spaces

Last week the Globe and Mail also published an article about how mobile workers work together. Have a read:

Solo workers come together to share desks – and a common purpose

CoworkingToronto in the Toronto Star

Some members of CoworkingToronto were interviewed by Daniel Viola for an article in the Small Business section of the Toronto Star that was published online yesterday:

Coworking helps entrepreneurs save cash, improve relationships and scale sustainably
Traditional offices are expensive, and often come with multi-year leases. For those who need little more than a desk and a wireless connection to call home, coworking — which means using a shared workspace — may be the best option.

There are some great quotes from the Centre for Social Innovation and Camaraderie, as well as Adil Dhalla from My City Lives, a CSI member.

See the full article at http://bit.ly/YGCunZ 


Note:  the article mentions the Passport Program, which ended in Nov. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th Annual International Coworking Day

Today is International Coworking Day. 7yrs ago Brad Nueberg opened a space with the intent to have others work independently in the space space, build a community, and encourage collaboration.

Today, Aug 9, is a day to celebrate the future of work, the diverse range of spaces where freelancers and telecommuters can work independently but not alone, access a network willing to help, and celebrate the successes of one another. The number of spaces has grown to 1,779 worldwide, nearly doubled from this time last year. According to Deskmag’s Global Coworking Survey, that number is expecting to rise to 2150 by the end of 2012. Ontario had just eight spaces that self-identified as coworking at the beginning of 2011 and now has 20 (most of them in Toronto, but not all) with another 8 planning to open.

A celebration of the future, indeed!

Happy Coworking Day!

Locus Quo Joins the Passport Program

As we bade farewell to Park&Co last month, we now have Locus Quo taking it’s place on the Passport.  The value of the Passport hasn’t changed at all, but now you can work from an east end location as well.

Locus Quo is one of Toronto oldest industrial buildings (their very namesake should give away what the building used to be) that now marries historic touches with a modern technological functionality. Now you can brew your very own coworking concoction. Start your coworking discovery at Locus Quo where you can pick up a Passport to use at all seven participating coworking facilities.

Read about their participation at http://bit.ly/CTOPPLocusQuo.

A note to all existing Passport holders: if we have your e-mail address from your purchase, you’ll be given a sticker to affix over the Park&Co spot. Otherwise, the next time you use your Passport at a participating facility, we will affix a sticker on it for you.


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