Coworking is an emerging trend for a new pattern for working
Typically work-at-home professionals or independent contractors or people who travel frequently end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.
Some coworking spaces were developed by nomadic internet entrepreneurs seeking an alternative to working in coffeeshops and cafes, or to isolation in independent or home offices.
Business accelerators, business incubators and executive suites do not seem to fit into the coworking model, because they often miss the social, collaborative, and informal aspects of the process, with management practices closer to that of a Cooperative, including a focus on community rather than profit. Many of the coworking participants are also participants in BarCamp and other related open source technology activities.
Well, There are two such co work spaces here locally that we want to introduce you too after the jump,
Ann Arbor’s Workantile Exchange celebrates its grand opening
by Tina Reed | The Ann Arbor News
Tuesday June 23, 2009, 7:03 PM
For two years, Scio Township resident Ben Mondloch has been among the coffee shop warriors in Ann Arbor – those who spend much of their time huddled over laptops at local cafes while working on business projects.
A couple months ago, Mondloch and other local free-agents got a new work space on South Main Street. Called the Workantile Exchange, it’s a membership funded co-op designed to create the experience of “co-working” – or social and professional interaction – for the self-employed.
The Exchange, which officially celebrated its grand opening Tuesday, has nearly 50 members. The idea is to have a mix of workers with different skills – from computer programming to art – and different ages.
“For $100 a month, you get access to a place to get work done, but more importantly, you get access to the community and that institutional knowledge that free agents often don’t get,” said Matt Lewis, a partner in leading the creation of the Exchange with local software developer Mike Kessler.
With a core group of members, they helped create an open work area, private conference rooms and a meeting space that can be rented for training in the 3,000-square-foot space. Several coworking groups already exist in the Ann Arbor area, including microcoworking events organized through local group Not An Employee. Kessler and Lewis hope having a shared space may lead to business or project collaborations – or at the very least, offer entrepreneurs a more hospitable working environment.
“We want to give them a reason to stay in Michigan, give them a reason to stay in Ann Arbor and give them access to the community in a way that makes a difference in their creative and professional life,” Lewis said. “There really are no rules. We’ll just see what happens.”
Another Space in Pontiac
WorkFly.com as some of you may know is a community business incubator concept in downtown Pontiac at 48 N. Saginaw. Currently they are inviting people that will really be the ground floor for the incubator / co-workplace. An incubator has a vibrating effect on a community and would like to engage your thoughts and really bring a new era of thought to our downtown.
They really hope that you will join in on this workgroup! The effort could be as much or as little as you would like to devote to the project. The idea stems from the success’ that other incubators have had in the country and the world to help startups and small business’ bloom. Please invite people that you think could contribute to the project or would be interested in being in the incubator, offering services to the incubator, networking get togethers, even speakers for events.
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