This week we saw the discussions around supporting caregivers who want to return to work, free offices for teachers, a growth in usage rates, flex workspaces in London highstreets and more.
Below are some of the important stories you may have missed this week in coworking.
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🎉 Coworking celebrations.
🥳 The Orrs are back with a new coworking project in Lake Tahoe.
Jamie (and David) Orr recently announced that after months of planning, the renovations have begun ahead of their newest coworking project, untethered.
📰 Coworking updates.
🍼 5 ways to support caregivers who want to return to the office.
Over the last few weeks in our TWIC Discussions, we touched on how the growth of corporate-, suburban-, remote- and other newly-hyphenated, versions of coworking or flex workspace were not always addressing the huge hurdle of supporting care givers who want to work from anywhere that isn’t home.
Taking cues from these discussions, I wrote a blog post to highlight 5 different ways workspaces of any size can make using flex workspaces more realistic for caregivers.
👩🏫 Coworking space offers no-cost day offices to teachers.
Firmspace have announced that, through a partnership with Teach For America, they are making day offices to Denver Public School (DPS) teachers who aren’t satisfied working from home.
The DPS system supports nearly 80,000 students, and this support (avail. through end of Sprint semester) could be a huge resource for the teachers who may want or need better space, internet or support.
📈 Network shares urban, suburban and secondary workspace usage.
John Arenas shared a “presence data” (or workspace usage %s) update from Serendipity Labs across the US.
Compared to pre-covid benchmarks, suburban member visits are trending at 90%, with secondary moving up over 50% and urban slowly improving too. Interestingly, 60% of their members are self-reporting a return to the office 3+ days a week.
📑 Making the case for flex workspace on London’s highstreets.
Jamie Izzard shared a beautiful 36 (thirty six!) page pamphlet making the case for turning undertilized highstreet space into Greater London into more flexible workspaces.
The pamphlet provides practical guidance and propositions for a reimagination of the relationships between landlords, tenants, operators, and local authorities, with the purpose of reducing the risk profile of vacant units, while ensuring that high street assets create social value by making space accessible for local business and enterprise.
🛍 How coworking impacts local retail in Atlanta biz district.
D’Andre Ash from XC Creative Spaces shares how their coworking community makes an impact on retail establishments in the historic Edgewood business district of Atlanta.
This is the first in a 6-part series by the Atlanta Coworking Alliance highlighting the impact of coworking on local communities and neighborhoods.
👩💻 10 workspace trends we can expect to see more of in 2021.
Kate Tattersfield shares a thorough review of 10 workspace trends we can expect to see throughout 2021 over on Nexudus‘ blog.
Flexibility, mental health, sustainability, virtual comms, diversity and inclusion, upskilling, commutes all get mentions.
🇬🇧 UK network of bespoke spaces raises £1m to launch new locations.
Jonny Rosenblatt and Dan Silverman announced that Spacemade, the 1 year old flex workspace brand, has secured a million pounds in funding to fuel the development of further locations across the country.
🎨 US network of workspaces rebrands, dropping ‘coworking’.
Novel Coworking have announced a rebrand to Expansive, with Bill Bennett mentioning that this is to reflect the wider breadth of their flex workspace solutions.
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💻 Coworking technology.
📹 Q1 ProptechUpdate video challenge deadline extended.
Given the hectic first quarter, the ProptechUpdate challenge deadline for Q1 was extended till midnight (EDT) on April 2nd.
This quarterly challenge invites the teams building technology for workspaces to submit 30s videos sharing what they launched, and what they’re most looking forward to launching.
📈 Multi-space pass app announces 21st city with launch in Phoenix.
Deskpass announced their 21st city launch, adding 12 workspaces in the city to their popular multi-space membership app & network.
💰 Remote working + space access platform is crowdfunding £300k.
The WorkClub team are currently running a £300,000 crowdfunding campaign on crowdcube, and have already hit over 40% of their goal. Currently they boast a network of 180+ locations and 1,500+ users.
📕 Corporate space booking app shares their coworking origin story.
Desana‘s founders recently shared their ‘origin story’ after their home coworking space closed down and they missed the community they’d grown to expect when working.
🎙 Coworking conversations.
David Abrams and Glenn Felson discuss proptech and the future of real estate.
Frank Cottle and Mark Hemmeter chat about Ohana, franchising, and why flex space operators will need more flexiblity in the post-pandemic world.
Paul Unger chats with James Shannon about essensys new Flex Services Platform.
Bernie Mitchell chats with Dr. Carolina Bandinelli about self-branding, authenticity, social relationships and about reinventing and re signifying entrepreneurship and coworking ethos.
Caleb Parker and Ben Munn chat about how JLL have predicted that 30% of all office space will be flex by 2030 and the Work From Anywhere movement.
📆 Coworking events.
26 Mar: “Attracting (and keeping) a great community manager” Coworking Convo.
30 Mar: “IDEA Challenge Discussion” call.
7 Apr: “Crowdfunding for Coworking Spaces” hosted by UK Coworking Assembly.
7 Apr: “Intro to Flexible Workspace” free preview of new The Fundamentals of Flexspace 4-week course.
15 Apr: “Coworking Symposium” joint scholarly & industry half-day conf. on coworking & flex workspaces.