This Week In Coworking: Week 48

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This week we share stories about thanklessness, rural coworking in Germany, IWG's new play, panel diversity and more.

πŸ’™ To you, the thankless enablers of coworking.Β 

To all of you, who do so much to support and empower local entrepreneurship, we see you.

We are immensely grateful for every ounce of effort you put into making, supporting or enabling the creation of space for others to step into and grow from.Β 

There’s a huge amount of thankless effort, pain, passion and struggling that goes into coworking.

Against a backdrop of the pandemic that wreaked havoc across the sectors, we’ve seen the truly heroic levels of love, sweat and tears that have been poured into coworking from those owning, running and marketing communities; to those building the software, utilities and networks that support these communities; to those making strides to make the whole industry more inclusive, diverse, sustainable, interconnected and collaborative.

THANK YOU for giving so much of your thoughts, care, and soul to your communities.

THANK YOU for all the thankless tasks, calls, stress, concern, and love you pour into coworking each day.

THANK YOU for everything you do for your neighborhoods, communities and loved ones.

We know you don’t hear it enough, so we’ll say it once more… THANK YOU!

We do hope that when the going gets tough, you can hold some solace in knowing that we, at, are right behind you, rooting for you and trying our outmost to give you and yours the support you need to.

On behalf of all your included ambassadors,

Hector Kolonas

πŸ“š 74 page publication on coworking in Germany’s rural areas.

A new publication (in German) was added to the Coworking Library sharing numerous examples of new places of work in the rural areas, user types and their working methods, (business) models, motives for setting up a business and other trends.

πŸ‘‰ Read more about this here.

πŸ–₯ IWG launches new virtual community for “home workers”.

IWG recently introduced a new platform inviting home-workers into a free virtual community, strategically placing access to their meeting rooms and drop-in workspaces as a perk.

πŸ‘‰ Read more about this here.

βœ‹ Putting an end to male-only panels at coworking events.

The European Coworking Assembly shared more information about DICE and their event certifications around inclusion and diversity.Β 

πŸ‘‰ Read more about this here.

πŸ“ˆ No. of coworking spaces to 2x-3x over next 5 years.

A report by Colliers International, and covered by Nicholas Rizzi (Commercial Observer), shares some interesting forecasted trends. Projected increases in: flexibility to work closer to home, growth in landlords stepping into flex, secondary markets and landlord-operator partnerships.

πŸ‘‰ Read more about this here.

πŸ”₯ TownSq continues expansion and a new acquisition.

The coworking and business-support network celebrated their 3rd anniversary with new launches in Rhyl, Chester and Devon; the appointment of new senior appointments, internal promotions; the acquisition of a virtual admin co; and a joint venture with a coffee shop chain.

πŸ‘‰ Read more about this here.

🎁 More promotion of coworking gift cards.

We’re so excited about the global GiftWorkspace campaign (covered in last TWIC), that’s free for workspaces, platforms, brokers to join in.

Gift cards & social media posts shared with the #GiftWorkspace hashtag on instagram and twitter will now also be highlighted right onto the homepage via a moderated feed.

This makes it even easier to find coworking access, passes or bundles to give to loved ones, friends and colleagues who need to get out of the house as gifts for Christmas, birthdays, new years and new business or career changes.Β 

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πŸ“† Coworking events.

Dec 2: Coworking Canada Unconference 2020

πŸ‘‰ RSVP here.

πŸŽ™ Coworking podcasts.

Bernie Mitchell πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ & Zeljko CrnjakoviΔ‡ πŸ‡·πŸ‡Έ chat with Ivanne Poussier πŸ‡«πŸ‡· about her book (Sisters In Arms: Women in search of inclusive coworking spaces), Ada Coworking, and women in previously male-dominated roles.

🎧 Listen to this.

Liz Elam πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ chats with Jean-Yves Huwart πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ discuss coworking during the pandemic, future offerings and handling the “coworking bonanza”.

🎧 Listen to this.

⌨️ This week's curator.

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

It’s curated by Hector Kolonas and available for free via email or this website with topics and trends being discussed Fridays on Clubhouse at 10:30am Eastern.

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This Week In Coworking: #01, 2022

This week we saw how huge employers redirected the millions they’re saving into supporting remote working, explored WTF DAOs are, explored the history of African innovation hubs, and touch on the subtle differences between hot-desking and desk hotelling.

πŸ‘‰ Read this.

This Week In Coworking: #48, 2021

This week we look at how landlords are being advised to add flex, a new academic study of coworking impacts in the UK, new US businesses up by 56%, Selfridges adding coworking, a new network of WNH spaces coming to Melbourne, and more.

πŸ‘‰ Read this.