Earlier today we were looking at a few different suites in the Atlanta Tech Village to see what spaces might work as temporary coworking offices while we do phase one renovations over the next 6-8 months. Currently, we have room for upwards of 50 people in the non-renovated coworking space on the 3rd floor and will have room for upwards of 200 people after we finish the first two phases of renovation at the end of this calendar year (2013).
While we were looking at a small suite on the 5th floor that could accommodate 8 people in a coworking style, one of the fellow entrepreneurs with me commented that coworking is about community as much as working. Yes, we could offer it up to people but such a small space, especially in generic, non-renovated form, won’t have the community and amenities of a suite that holds 20+ people.
Here are a few reasons coworking is about community:
- If community isn’t important it’s easier for most people to work from home
- People are naturally social creatures and want to be part of a tribe or group
- Social experiences like discussing the weekend, debating the quality of a cup of coffee, or going out to lunch happen naturally in a big communal environment
- Learning and sharing information happens naturally in a group setting providing for a richer, more fulfilling day
Coworking is much more than a desk with good internet. The community element is integral to any coworking facility.
What else? What are your thoughts on coworking being about community as much as working?