What Happens When Cities Adopt Coworking

Apr 12, 2017 · psfk.com

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Coworkies travelled to 106 coworking spaces across 12 cities in the past year to discover how coworking shapes cities.

Coworking is here to stay. The trend shaping the future of work is growing at an incredible pace. Over the last 12 years, more than 7,000 coworking spaces have surfaced and two years from now there will be more than 37,000 around the globe. Cities of every size are seeing these disruptive environments opening up, bringing along a new dynamic to the way people work. So, what exactly happens when cities adopt coworking? With our startup, Coworkies, we travelled to 106 coworking spaces across 12 cities in the past year to find out.

Bringing content to cities

One of the first things we discovered is the value a coworking space can add to a city. Opening a space brings an incredible amount of new content in the form of meetups, workshops and other activities for members and the general public. With coworking spaces, cities have gained a new physical content platform where people can meet, learn, exchange, and grow personally and professionally. Meetups that would previously be hosted in bars, restaurants, or dingy hotel conference rooms are now hosted at coworking spaces themselves—a much more convenient, cost-effective, and attractive choice.

For several years now, coworking spaces in Berlin have been at the forefront of community driven content creation in startups and tech. Coworking spaces like Factory, Rainmaking Loft, and betahaus have hosted thousands of events, meetups, and workshops where members and the public can learn about new trends in health, food, tech, finances, and legal issues.

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