Today is the first official cowork session for the Charleston area. Currently I am sitting here at Rehava (our temporary location) enjoying the workday and getting a feel for this whole cowork thing. For those of you that have never heard of “coworking” wikipedia defines it as 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. (learn more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coworking)
You might ask yourself , “Why would I want to work with a bunch of people I don’t know?” and I guess, depending on the people around you, it’s a valid question. In my little piece of the architecture business, at least the design/creative/artistic side of it , I thrive on having the opportunity to bounce ideas and concepts off of people. The cowork concept is set up around the idea of providing an open environment that invites interaction. In the case of work at home, sole-proprietors, and traveling salesmen, coworking gets you out of the coffee shops and into a professional environment where you can openly talk to someone without bothering the soccer-mom sitting next to you to ask what she thinks about the building elevation you are working on. This time I am instead about to go bug the web-developer/entreprenuer about it instead.
I am looking forward to collaborating with this group and working together on the design of the permanent space. Check out www.chscowork.org and look for updates.