30 June 2008 ~ 2 Comments

Quick update from Cowo Milano, Italy.

Hi everybody! As summer steps in, coworkers seem to step out, here in Milano…

In fact, even if we are full booked at the moment (5 desks), we haven’t had much attendance in the office these past weeks, and I wonder if the season has something to do with it.

Furthermore, August is a month rather “slow” here in Italy (most companies/offices/stores close at least two weeks), so these days we are checking who’ll be around and who won’t for the rest of the summer.

To our pleasure, we have received a one-day visit from a blog-friend and are expecting someone from the US too (are you anywhere near here, Susan?).

Besides attendance and visits, we have improved the cowo site (blog, that is) with a list of coworking spaces in Europe and the rest of the world – thanks also to the excellent list provided in the cw wiki – along with few more “coworking resources” such as links to cw videos from Youtube and the wiki, cw photos from Flickr, cw blogs from Technorati… we are open to suggestions and of course ready to include your site, if you like. (Just leave a comment or write to me- max(at)monkeybusinessmilano.it).

Last but not least, we are doing a networking effort with a linkedin group we called “friends of cowo-coworking” which counts, at the moment, 43 members from many countries.

The feeling we have is that coworking is taking its course, and we try to go along with it – developing it but also understanding it… it’s good to see people settling down in your place and feeling good about it, we consider ourselves lucky to have such little community, what we mean to do right now is to keep providing such a service and aventually find ways of imrpoving it, but without any rush.

I’d like to get into deeper considerations about cw, but I don’t feel ready yet, cowo is only 3 mos. old…

So, thank you for reading this, and ciao from Milano!

  • http://david-damore.blogspot.com/ David Damore

    Great too see that coworking is global in scope. Here in Metropolitan Detroit [Michigan, USA] we are looking at creating a coworking space. The link to this post was sent to by Tara Hunt of Citizen Space in San Francisco.

    Will be sharing this with other folks here in Michigan that want to know more about coworking. We’ll keep you posted.
    Hope you are having a great summer.
    Best,
    David

  • http://www.massimocarraro.com max

    Hi David, thanks for your comment.

    Yes, personally I like to think that coworking is global and shared worldwide, that is the reason we enlist all coworkings in the world (the ones I know about), we have created the linkedin group and of course share news here on the community blog (thanks tara for hosting us).

    I also have phantasized of a coworking network, but I’m not sure that a strucutred cooperation would word (as I matter of fact I’m sure it wouldn’t).

    I still think, though, that some sort of global participation will occur between coworking places, after all cw is all about sharing…

    all the best with your initiative in detroit, and don’t forget to come and see us, on the web (http://www.coworkingmilano.com) or even better, in person, in Milano. Just get off at Lambrate on the green train…

    ciao!
    max