This week we saw the a gov. turning pubs into work hubs, that 66% of office workers like changing workspaces, a panel on the opportunity of greyspace, a bunch of WeWork updates, and some amazing milestone celebrations and more.
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🎉 Coworking celebrations.
🎂 Atlanta coworking space celebrates 6th anniversary.
Katharine Chestnut celebrates Alkaloid Networks’ 6th anniversary with a blog post (and a week of in-space celebrations) about the most important piece of their community, M-E-M-B-E-R-S.
🎂 Celebrating 11 years of coworking in Fort Collins, CO.
Even though Cohere Community celebrates their launch in March, their official opening was 2 April 2010, making this week the official celebration of 11 years of enabling coworking and community in Fort Collins.
🎂 Two local spaces turn 4!
Massive thanks, and congrats, go out to the teams at Indy Commons (Independence, OR) and Hunt Street Station (Detroit, MI) on celebrating their 4th anniversary this week.
🎂 17 years ago today, Xpace opened their doors.
Huge congrats to Ashley Proctor and the whole Xpace team who’ve over almost 2 decades have built a sustainable not-for-profit artist-run shared space.
🇦🇺 Western Australia, 9 years & 3 billion dollar valuations.
Brodie McCulloch shared in his celebratory post re: Spacecubed‘s 9th anniversary, that one of their early members have reached a $3 billion valuation.
The post goes on to look at some of the most notable events in the region’s startup ecosystem since opening their first coworking space.
📰 Coworking updates.
🙉 We kinda need to summarize WeWork’s rollercoaster week.
There’s a whole bunch of WeWork news this week, so I’m going to summarize them into one block.
In order of hype: they’re going public through a SPAC (a special kind of company designed just to take private companies public without an IPO); it’s reported that Adam Neumann helped broker the SPAC deal; their management/financial deck leaked; the firm has retained Avison Young in Toronto; Dror Poleg shares 6 notes on the co, oh and the documentary we mentioned in TWIC 11 ’21 on HULU premieres tomorrow.
🍻 Gov plan turns derelict buildings & pubs into remote work hubs.
The Irish government’s new Rural Development Policy outlines their 5 year plan and introduces a pilot scheme to turn rural pubs into remote working hubs; provisioning public sector hubs in towns; and recommends financial support for local authorities to bring vacant properties in town centers ‘back to life’ as work hubs.
“It is all about creating opportunities. It is about creating good quality jobs. It is about allowing people to live and work in their own communities.” said Minister for Social Protection and Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.
👣 66% of office workers want to work from diff. locations post-crisis.
JLL surveyed 2000 office workers, and two thirds revealed that they’d want to be able to work from different locations in the new normal for work.
Ben Munn, managing director of flex space at the firm noted that “Companies and investors are taking a different view on flex space entirely and are willing to invest because they see this as a bigger proportion of the overall office market than it is currently.”
🤷♂️ What is ‘greyspace’ and why is around 33% of London’s office space grey?
Dan Jones summarizes an insightful panel on “Greyspace” and it’s flex workspace opportunity.
The panel feat. Richard Morris of technologywithin, Emma Swinnerton of Cushman & Wakefield, Zoe Ellis-More of Spaces to Places and Andrew Butler of Inc Spaces.
🇮🇳 Biggest coworking transaction in India since lockdowns lifted.
An agreement for 500,000 sq.ft. of new management workspace in Noida, India was announced between Incuspaze and Urbtech India Developers.
This join-investment partnership (Rs 50 – 70 crore / $6.8m – $9.5m) is interesting as it’s a betting on increased office space demand around other development projects going live in the region. The deal will also double the capacity (from 9,000 seats) managed by the coworking firm that focusses on Tier-2 cities.
🎱 9 predictions for the future of office space.
Zoe Ellis-Moore is back with a look into 9 predictions for the future of office space that they’re most confident about.
Notable predications include topics discussed in previous TWIC newsletters like: growth of work near home movement; different office formats; nichification of workspace operators; emergence of day/hot offices; automation and activity-based workspaces; and offices-as-a-service.
🇦🇷 How a coworking space launched and grew in Buenos Aires.
Marc Navarro caught up with Agustín D’Elio on Cobot‘s blog to chat about how they launched and grew Huerta through listening and learning.
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💻 Coworking technology.
🎂 Virtual office solution co celebrates 15th anniversary.
Martin Senn shared that Davinci Virtual Office Solutions is celebrating their 15th anniversary.
📱 CRE co taps Lane to power their flex workspace app.
Tishman Speyer have chosen Lane to power the mobile and web experience of their 13-location flex workspace offering called Studio.
🎙 Coworking conversations.
Caleb Parker chats with Mark Gilbreath from LiquidSpace about why believes we’ve reached “peak portfolio”, the firms enterprise solution and their new partnership with Comfy.
Michael Moran chats with Phil Kirschner about how COVID has taken away a lot of the excuses preventing more workspace flexibility.
Bernie Mitchell chats with Ivanne Poussier and David O’Coimin about moving the needle towards better accessibility in coworking.
📆 Coworking events.
List sourced via included.co/events
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.
7 Apr: “How real businesses are solving the hybrid workspace puzzle” hosted by Hubble.
15 Apr: “Coworking Symposium” joint scholarly & industry half-day conf. on coworking & flex workspaces.