Coworking: Yesterday, Today and the Future

Coworking space seems to be the hot topic of conversation in every major city in and outside of the U.S. If you pick up any newspaper, magazine or perform a quick search on the internet, you can find tons of information on the subject. Throughout the year, we will be sharing some great insights on coworking spaces. We’ll talk about the pros, misinformed cons, types, startups, technology and other points of interest. The world of coworking space is fascinating. There are so many great intersections to explore. If you haven’t already experienced a coworking space, we believe you are missing out. But, where did the coworking concept originate? Just how long have coworking spaces been in existence? Is the hype around them really legitimate?

Ben Neuberg and the Coworking Movement

In a recent discuss with colleagues, we concluded that as far back as any of us could remember, coworking space has always been in existence in a roundabout way. Working in groups at the library was an example. Another was working around a kitchen table with friends while mom was cooking dinner and siblings were entertaining their friends or each other. Working in open spaces with others in the same space has been around for a long time. However, Brad Neuberg is credited with the honor of actually coining the term coworking. He started the movement in San Francisco in 2005. He believed in the idea of providing freelance workers with the opportunity to work in a structured, community office space. He was a freelancer himself. He saw the value of creating a comfortable, professional environment where you could work and have the amenities of office space which would be unlike your average coffee shop or library meetup spot.

The San Francisco Coworking Space at Spiral Muse is noted as the first coworking space. As with anything, there are some reported ups and downs and trials and errors to contend with. His concept seemed a bit foreign to some. It took some time to catch on. Contrary to his initial belief, people were not tripping over themselves to take part in a coworking environment. He was his best example and believed it could work. You can google Brad Neuberg to learn more about who he is, what he does and the details of his personal journey to developing the idea of coworking space as a viable option. I believe you’ll find him to be relatable. His story is interesting, inspiring and, in this case, definitely an idea worth duplicating.

The Proof is in the Progression

The concept of coworking space is definitely not hype. What was a simple idea has grown by leaps and bounds. If your a statistical person, you will likely find the proof of progression to be especially impressive. Statistic.com reports that in 2005, there were 3 known coworking spaces. At the end of 2017, the number has increased to 13,800 worldwide. It is a phenomenon that appears to have no plans of slowing down. They also report as of 2017, an estimated 1.18 million people were using these spaces around the globe. More and more people are coming to understand and appreciate the idea of using coworking space. They have proven to be economical and provide a professional presence. It’s definitely a step up from mom’s kitchen table. It’s a way to work in an environment where positive synergy can dwell.

With so many choices available for coworking spaces these days, you are almost certain to find one that fits your personal and professional style, tastes and overall expectations. That, ladies and gentlemen, is where Blue Lacuna comes into play.

The Blue Lacuna Experience

We provide you with an experience at Blue Lacuna. We offer an urban feel, unique state of the art equipment and competitive membership rates of service. We can provide you with a day pass or a monthly fee. Just let us know your needs. We have one of the most innovative coworking spaces in the nation, and we’re only getting bigger and better.

With classes and workshops that members can attend free we provide added value to the coworking experience.  The diversity that exist leads to new experience and a deeper connection with the community.  People all over the world have visited our space in a desire to know what makes us special.  We’re expanding our special coworking branding appeal to other cities such as Houston, Memphis and Baltimore. If you’re in the area, we’d love to provide you with a first hand look at all of the wonderful aspects of what we do and how we can accommodate you. We are convinced you will feel a sense of connection to our space.

If you have any questions regarding rental space for your business or community needs, please contact Tracy Powell, at tracy@thebluelacuna.com .   To Become a member click on the following link. www.thebluelacuna.com

 

 

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