According to the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC), it’s research predicts that there will be 30,432 spaces and 5.1 million members by 2022. Here’s an overview:
Now check this out:
Much has been said and written about major changes in the traditional workplace environment in response to equally important changes the workers themselves. Long ago, Charles Darwin observed, “It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself.”
More recently, Alvin Toffler observed, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
The coworking environment is a brilliant response to the aforementioned changes and offers an exceptionally attractive alternative to most incubators, working at home, or renting space in an office center with little (if any) interaction with other tenants. It is worthy noting that many Fortune 100 companies are experimenting with a modified version of the coworking model.
I am so excited about the future of the model that I am now in preliminary discussion with managing directors of coworking locations throughout the DFW regional area to conduct workshops and seminars for the clients entrusted to their care.
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Here is a direct link to the GCUC complete article.
Here is a direct link to COSHARE, the first national organization to represent the greater shared spaces communities, particularly coworking in the USA. With that representation comes advocacy for shared spaces and education about the rapidly changing industry. COSHARE will also have value benefits for its members that include discounts to the national coworking conference and indirect contributions toward macro industry projects.