The Coworking Wiki
With a directory of spaces that covers 478 cities in 81 countries, the wiki is one of the movement's most critical entry points for many people new to coworking.
No one is an island. If you start working for yourself without finding or forming a community of people to help you, you're exposed to struggle. You can't get your questions answered, you don't have any external perspecitves to help you see what you can't see yourself, but, perhaps most importantly, you just don't have a sense that you belong to something bigger than yourself.
Coworking communities can solve all of this. The reason it's becoming such a massive movement is because of this very desire.
The problem is, it's become far too easy to settle for just making a nice looking workspace without really focusing on why. This is where we come in. We are dedicated to ensuring that anyone interested in starting or growing a coworking community has access to everything they need to succeed not just as a functional worksapce, but as a sustainable, thriving center for culture and connection in their community. Read more
We want to ensure you have easy access to best practices, handy resources, and the means to get quality answers to your questions. We'll do this by:
Over 1,300 people are searching for coworking for the first time every day. When they happen to be where you happen to be, we want to ensure they can learn about you and all that you have to offer quickly and easily. We'll achieve this by:
We'll work with like-minded partners to provide you with services and programs you can use to attract new members and build stronger bonds amongst your existing members. These include:
The Coworking Visa is a free exchange program set up by owners of spaces who wanted a simple way to allow members to visit like-minded spaces free of additional charge. We'll make it easier for people to find and use the Visa, both as members and as managers.
We all know that your community has a tremendous positive impact on your region; we'll ensure that you have empirical evidence you can point to so you can get support from those who ought to be supporting you. To that end, we'll:
Get coworking officially acknowledged by the White House, and as many other government and established institutions as possible. Look for ways to represent the needs of the independent workforce in policy conversations.
But how is that possible? The coworking movement is built on the tremendous goodwill of thousands of people who believe in the good it can do for the world. We're here to maintain and grow that movement and to drive it further, for the better of all mankind.
To make that happen, we need your support. Become an Official Supporter of Open Coworking today!Become a supporter
We're Open Coworking, an organization founded in 2012 to defend and advance the core values that make the coworking movement so special.
When we got started, coworking had started to grow from a nascent movement to an increasingly mature industry. While this is a healthy and in many cases necessary evolution that enables coworking to help many more people, it also comes with the risk that new communities will lose sight of the elements that make coworking valuable and impactful for the people who participate, especially as conversations become increasingly about business models and money.
We want to see lots of successful coworking spaces, but we want to see those spaces do more than just share workspace.
We want to see them taking full advantage of the potential coworking has to do good in the world by embodying the core values of Community, Openness, Collaboration, Accessibilty, and Sustainability.
We believe in the potential coworking has to help the world have a better relationship with work. We're dedicated to ensuring this movement realizes its potential through you, in any way we can.