Owain Lloyd-Williams recently reached out from across the pond to share a graphic he had helped put together. It brings together data from numerous studies on coworking and is chock full of great info about the growth of spaces and people who cowork. More info on Owain after the graphic!
Credit: Towergate Insurance
Curious about who would put together this kind of graphical tour de force, I asked Owain about his story vis-a-vis coworking:
“I’ve experienced a variety of coworking spaces across over the world over the past few years, having just returned to the UK after spending nearly five years living in China.
Much like what we’re seeing over here in what I deem to be a resurgence in creative minded start-ups as the economy begins to recover, Asian co-working spaces cater for a contemporary boom in digital start-ups, entrepreneurs and freelancers involved in industries ranging from design to translation to development.
As someone who has worked in the creative field both as a writer and a translator I believe that the flexible, autonomous yet open nature of coworking spaces accommodates and allows us to operate more fruitfully in what is an increasingly interconnected world whereby borders, cultures and languages are more often coming into contact with one another.
I’m currently situated in the tech hub of East London whereby most of these exciting new media start-ups are based, and it’s certainly an exciting change away from the monotony of enclosed office spaces.”
Huge thanks to Owain for his efforts and shedding some light on the global coworking movement!
One of the things that makes CoCo a truly unique place to work are the members—who choose to show up each day in pursuit of their dreams. Because our members are so diverse, you never know where a conversation at CoCo might lead. And you never know who’s going to give you that little dose of inspiration that will help you pursue your own dream with extra vigor.
With that in mind we’re launching an interview series in hopes of gleaning just a little bit of insight and inspiration, while helping us all get to know each other a bit more. We’re calling it the CoCo DreamCast. Enjoy.
Show notes: selected links from the episode
Mentioned books & authors
Garrio’s Goodread book list
Garrio’s journal: Social media and the web being restructured around people
Connect with Garrio
About the CoCo DreamCast
This is just Episode 1, which means we’re just getting going and have no history to speak of. But our goal is pretty straightforward: we want to talk to CoCo members, find out what makes them tick and learn how they’re living out their dreams. Look for another episode soon!
Tuesday, Oct. 7
2 p.m. – Fireside chat with Steve Case
A conversation with Steve Case, Steve Clemons, and other innovators. Presented by The Atlantic RSVP
3:30 p.m. – Pitch competition
Watch the Twin Cities best startups compete to earn a $100,000 investment from Steve Case. RSVP
5 p.m. – Rise MSP
A startup celebration and happy hour. Presented by Google for Entrepreneurs. RSVP
Please sign up for one or all three events. They’re completely free!
About Rise of the Rest
AOL founder Steve Case is on a mission. Nowadays, he’s the head of his own venture firm, Revolution, which invests in a wide range of startups and “speedups.” Earlier this year, he embarked on a campaign to give focus to his efforts. He hopped on a bus and toured several cities in the American heartland, with the goal of showcasing “emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems that will play a critical role in rebuilding the American economy and creating new middle class jobs.”
Now, he’s planning a second tour, and Minneapolis is one of the stops. While here, he will tour local startups and meet with business and government leaders (to tell them that they, too, should be supporting startups). But the main focus of the day will be a pitch competition, in which several local startups will compete for a $100,000 investment.
The pitch competition will be preceded by a fireside chat with Steve and followed by a happy hour, sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs. All events are free and you can come to any or all!
Learn more at Rise of the Rest
We’re celebrating the opening of CoCo Fargo by opening our doors to the curious and the hungry. Please join us for any or all of these events! They are all free and open to the public. You know where to find us!
Monday, Sept. 22
- Mimosas and muffins – 11 a.m.
- Tour of CoCo – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept 23
Wednesday, Sept 24
- Tour of CoCo – 11 a.m.
- Sweeto Burrito buffet with Rachel – Noon
- Startup Drinks – 5:30 p.m. – RSVP required
Thursday, Sept. 25
Friday, Sept. 26
- Ice Cream Friday – 1 p.m.
Share stories. Trade gigs. Discuss issues. Find common answers. Freelancers know they can do big things when they come together.
That’s why we’re proud to bring Freelancers Union After Hours to CoCo. The first After Hours event will be held on Sept. 3 at CoCo Uptown.
After Hours is a nation-wide, free monthly networking event for freelancers to chat, brainstorm, and discover what’s next. After Hours will be held at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month – a perfect time for a nation of freelancers to unwind and connect with people who get what’s its like to fly solo.
On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the first After Hours will kick off in coworking spaces across the country. The theme for this first event will be “What makes your city a great freelance city? What could make it better?”
RSVP for After Hours on Sept. 3 at CoCo Uptown