Are you familiar with the term coworking? Do you really know what a coworker is? On August 9th, “International Coworking Day” is celebrated around the world. It started in 1995 when hackers in Berlin, Germany wanted to find a space where they could share thoughts and information. However, it was not until 2005 when “coworking” really took off after Brad Neuberg, a software engineer, blogged about inviting creators to gather together as a community. In 2010, Tony Bacigalupo, New Work City cofounder, posted his own blog recognizing Brad Neuberg and declared August 9th to be the official Coworking Day.
Now that you know how the term coworking, do you know what a co-worker is? You might think it is someone that works at the same company as you; however, it is a little different. It is actually when workers from different companies share the same space. In other words, it’s a shared environment but independent of one another. An example of this is the El Camino Latino Center, housed in the Bellevue University Library. They provide special services and resources for students by offering career counseling, connections to the workforce community, academic and financial aid advising, and so much more.
Why cowork you might ask? Perhaps it is the networking or collaboration opportunities it provides or the increased productivity you might experience. It might boost your creativity, offer greater flexibility, or just provide a sense of belonging and purpose. Regardless of what it brings you, it is not just about the physical spaces, it is a diverse, global movement of freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, startups and business owners who would rather work together than alone.
If you want to learn more about coworking or find a coworking environment, check out these resources: