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Week 18, 2021

This week we saw two new industry data reports, movement in Manhattan, a pilot around reducing single-use plastics and more.

πŸŽ‰ Coworking celebrations.

🚰 Incoming coworking pilot for single-use plastic certification.

Amy King from Good Coworking shared that they’re part of the pilot for the first ever SUPER (single-use plastic elimination & reduction) certification for businesses and coworking centers.

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πŸ“° Coworking updates.

πŸ“‰ Larger coworking spaces closing faster than indies.

Upsuite have released an updated set of data around who (in their network) closed coworking locations during the pandemic.

Notable points were that larger brands closed more locations than indie operators; 83% of the closures were in urban centers; and most closures were in leased space.

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πŸ’‘ Some things to keep in mind re: the changes in where people work.

Barbara Sprenger shares some great questions (and advice) for flex space operators, property owners, employers and employees around the different expectations and needs of newly-remote workers.

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πŸ“ˆ Demand for flex office space up by 21%

The Instant Group have reported that demand for flexible office space went up by 21% in the second half of 2020.

The article does note however that transaction size did decrease by 29% due to requests being for fewer desks and smaller spaces.

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πŸ—½ Not everyone is closing spaces in Manhattan

Tishman Speyer have announced 2 new locations for their coworking brand ‘Studio’, including one inside an ex-WeWork location.

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πŸ“š Journal released on how best to ‘measure’ coworking environments

Marko Orel and Manuel Mayerhoffer‘s recent journal is now indexed on the Coworking Library.

This paper aims to help researchers enhance future academic studies of the coworking sector, by sharing best practices and the most suitable qualitative research methods for examining coworking environments.

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βœ… Making coworking spaces more accessible.

May’s Coworking IDEA challenge provides guidance, a call and a useful checklist to help coworking spaces take steps to becoming more accessible over the next 30ish days.

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πŸ’» Coworking technology.

πŸ“² Booking app brings owned offices into the mix.

Upflex have announced that their enterprise customers will be able to add their own offices into the mix, giving employees a unified experience regardless of whether they’re booking internal or externally-managed workspace.

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πŸ› Local Gov + app partner up to bring employees back to work.

WorkChew and the District of Columbia have partnered up for the city’s “Return to Work Safely” initiative, which sees the app connect people with their network of on-demand workspaces.

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✌️ Perks network improves public profiles of participating spaces. 

includedΒ also offer coworking spaces, who use their member (and operator) perks technology, public profiles. This week they pushed 2 changes to improve SEO and conversions for both Core and Premium customers, with an added bonus for those using Syncaroo.

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πŸŽ™ Coworking conversations.

Jamie Russo and Kris Elliott discuss rebranding, changing business models and some secrets to getting superb Google reviews.

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Ceci Amador De San JosΓ© and Diane Schwartz discuss addressing the long-term stress from the pandemic and workplace wellness strategies.

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Bernie Mitchell chats with Marc Navarro all about the Coworking Spain Conference, that’s underway this week.

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Liz Elam dives into the past, present and future of flexible workspaces in this 15 min mini-podcast episode.

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πŸ“† Coworking events.

07 May: “PropTech and innovation in the workplace” – fireside chat between Dror Poleg & Ryan Simonetti.

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26 May: “May IDEA challenge discussion” – with the Coworking IDEA project.

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28 May: “Mental Wellness & Coworking” – Coworking Convo lead by Cat Johnson.Β 

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πŸ™ Thanks. is made possible thanks to all the communities who’ve upgraded their member perks with included Premium.

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About This. is a weekly newsletter summarizing the coworking celebrations, stories, market moves, tech updates and discussions you may have missed.

Newsletters are curated by Hector Kolonas and made available for free via email or this website.

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