👋 Welcome to Week 48’s summary.
This week we share stories about thanklessness, rural coworking in Germany, IWG’s new play, panel diversity and more.
Here’s what you may have missed this week in coworking….
💙 To you, the thankless enablers of coworking.
To all of you, who do so much to support and empower local entrepreneurship, we see you.
We are immensely grateful for every ounce of effort you put into making, supporting or enabling the creation of space for others to step into and grow from.
There’s a huge amount of thankless effort, pain, passion and struggling that goes into coworking.
Against a backdrop of the pandemic that wreaked havoc across the sectors, we’ve seen the truly heroic levels of love, sweat and tears that have been poured into coworking from those owning, running and marketing communities; to those building the software, utilities and networks that support these communities; to those making strides to make the whole industry more inclusive, diverse, sustainable, interconnected and collaborative.
THANK YOU for giving so much of your thoughts, care, and soul to your communities.
THANK YOU for all the thankless tasks, calls, stress, concern, and love you pour into coworking each day.
THANK YOU for everything you do for your neighborhoods, communities and loved ones.
We know you don’t hear it enough, so we’ll say it once more… THANK YOU!
We do hope that when the going gets tough, you can hold some solace in knowing that we, at included.co, are right behind you, rooting for you and trying our outmost to give you and yours the support you need to.
On behalf of all your included ambassadors,
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📚 74 page publication on coworking in Germany’s rural areas.
A new publication (in German) was added to the Coworking Library sharing numerous examples of new places of work in the rural areas, user types and their working methods, (business) models, motives for setting up a business and other trends.
🖥 IWG launches new virtual community for “home workers”.
IWG recently introduced a new platform inviting home-workers into a free virtual community, strategically placing access to their meeting rooms and drop-in workspaces as a perk.
✋ Putting an end to male-only panels at coworking events.
The European Coworking Assembly shared more information about DICE and their event certifications around inclusion and diversity.
📈 No. of coworking spaces to 2x-3x over next 5 years.
A report by Colliers International, and covered by Nicholas Rizzi (Commercial Observer), shares some interesting forecasted trends. Projected increases in: flexibility to work closer to home, growth in landlords stepping into flex, secondary markets and landlord-operator partnerships.
🔥 TownSq continues expansion and a new acquisition.
The coworking and business-support network celebrated their 3rd anniversary with new launches in Rhyl, Chester and Devon; the appointment of new senior appointments, internal promotions; the acquisition of a virtual admin co; and a joint venture with a coffee shop chain.
🎁 More promotion of coworking gift cards.
Gift cards & social media posts shared with the #GiftWorkspace hashtag on instagram and twitter will now also be highlighted right onto the homepage via a moderated feed.
This makes it even easier to find coworking access, passes or bundles to give to loved ones, friends and colleagues who need to get out of the house as gifts for Christmas, birthdays, new years and new business or career changes.
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🎙 Coworking podcasts.
Bernie Mitchell 🇬🇧 & Zeljko Crnjaković 🇷🇸 chat with Ivanne Poussier 🇫🇷 about her book (Sisters In Arms: Women in search of inclusive coworking spaces), Ada Coworking, and women in previously male-dominated roles.
Liz Elam 🇺🇸 chats with Jean-Yves Huwart 🇧🇪 discuss coworking during the pandemic, future offerings and handling the “coworking bonanza”.