Traditionally, society forces us to choose between working at home for ourselves or working at an office for a company. If we work at a traditional 9 to 5 company job, we get community and structure, but lose freedom and the ability to control our own lives. If we work for ourselves at home, we gain independence but suffer loneliness and bad habits from not being surrounded by a work community.
This excerpt is from Brad Neuberg’s first writing about coworking on this day in 2005.
Today, coworking in unmistakably a global phenomenon with spaces and communities active and forming in cities and cultures around the world.
Events take place to discuss the present and future state of coworking. The press has a darling.
But most importantly, as Brad seemed to hope for in 2005, coworking is fundamentally changing peoples’ lives by changing not just where they work, but how they work, and who they work next to.
While it’s trendy now, Coworking is so much more than a trend. Today, we celebrate 6 years of working together as a global community of people dedicated to the values of Collaboration, Openness, Community, Accessibility, and Sustainability in their workplaces.
For today, I’d encourage you to remember that coworking isn’t just an idea, or a trend, or even a “kind” of place.
Coworking is what people want for themselves.
I write this post proudly as a member of this community. Thank you for the most exciting ride of my life.
-Alex Hillman, Indy Hall, Coworking in Philadelphia