What's it like to work in a coworking office? Don't ask the Boston Globe, because apparently not all of their writers have ever visited one. Here, the Globe’s Janelle Nanos worries about a potential coworking culture clash with “millennials in hoodies.” I get it; it’s a funny line. But the reality is that the coworking demographic is so much broader than Gen Y Zuckerberg wannabes.
On the other hand, there are some people taking the time to parse what is behind the coworking boom. I was at the beach this weekend and read my copy of the Solo City Report, a joint research project from the Knight Foundation and the Solo Project. Yes, that’s the kind of thing I read on the beach; when I finished it, I read the latest issue of Foreign Policy.
I digress. “In 2007, there were 75 coworking spaces worldwide,” the Solo City Report tells us. “In 2015, there were 7,800.” They go on to describe the trends in the economy and the labor force that are driving the coworking boom. Hint: it’s not a generational thing.
Best of all, they give a lot of advice to cities on how they can better support “soloists” – the freelancers and nano-businesses that are becoming more of a factor, or a more visible factor, in our urban, regional and national economies. It’s worth a read.
I've been coworking since 2010. which has taught me a few things about making it work. I have a lot left to learn.