Coworking is a pretty new concept, especially in the Indian scenario. Coined by Bernie DeKoven, an American game designer in terms of computers it was redefined as a physical space or “a 9 to 5 group” by Brad Neuberg. Coworking space essentially refers to a space having the quintessential qualities of an office especially for freelancers, travelling professionals and people who want to casually work out of office but not at home.
Brad Neuberg, architect of Inkling Habitat – Create captivating content. Together
Co-Working traces its roots to the concepts like working from home, freelancing, travelling jobs etc. Yes! Stuff all your office files in your backpack and gulping the cold coffee on your couch you can complete it all! This has multi-fold benefits: Not only you enjoy a comfortable lifestyle (every office isn’t Google or for that matter Government Offices in India are nothing more than ruins of age old bureaucracy). It further saves the time to travel! Sadly humans can’t teleport (at least at the present times). Benefits galore but the last one I would like to mention is you can give more time to family(the time you save can get you extra hours at home). You don’t work all the time in offices. Some part of the office time is invested in interpersonal interaction or wasted in gossiping. You can very well invest the same time helping your kiddos with homework or learning new skills and hobbies.
The situation may seem rosy but one aspect can not be ignored. The serious working environment provided by an office may be inhibited by the casual attitude that seeps in at home. For freelancers the isolation becomes an issue. Hmmm…quite major issues…No one wants to screw up the office work and eventually lose out on the source of bread and butter but the heart also longs for comforts, freshness and the joy of working independently. What to do?
Lo! comes a CoWorking Space which has multifold benefits. It not only castles you from distractions and serves as a “hoffice” (home+office) whereas for freelancers it creates the synergy of an office environment, thus enhancing productivity. This has proved a boon for freelancers who make the space as their hub and then establish nodes on which their profession thrives.
Many a times I feel the CCD near the library in IIT Kanpur a model similar to co-working space. Many people sit their simultaneously: Students chilling out, Prof’s discussing some scientific jargon, entrepreneurs calculating their future moves and people like me writing random stuff on Quora or Social Scribblers. Just like a Co-Working space it has the aura as well as the essential facilities: Coffee, WiFi, Comfortable Seats.
Many Co-Working organisations have come up in recent times which provide space on monthly membership for let’s say $100 or you may also get space on a daily or weekly basis.
The above pics are from a Russian Co-working space: Zonaspace, the largest coworking space in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
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Following are some Indian ones!:
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Surely, Coworking is the culture to watch out for in this decade.