After reading an excellent article by Brad Reed on Network World (this seems to be the online version: Co-working: the ultimate in teleworking flexibility),ï¿½I finally got motivated enough to do some more research about thisï¿½phenomenum in the two places of interest to me (Austria and Australia)ï¿½as well as write a quick entry about this.
The whole co-working concept has been interesting me ever since it started, but the organisational issues associated with starting such aï¿½venture (and as with everything else – a lack of time) have alwaysï¿½prevented any serious attempt to actually move in this direction. Butï¿½after reading some of the examples in the above mentioned article andï¿½doing some further research I am starting to warm to the idea again.
Some interesting case studies
- Worldwide listing of Co-working Sites
- Google Map of US Co-working sites
- Irish Coworking Site
- Co-working Google Group
Activity in Australia
After some quick online research there appears to be some activityï¿½also in Australia although things seem to be still very much in theirï¿½infancy. Most of the activity seems to be happening in Canberra, Perth,ï¿½Syndey and Melbourne (in order of ‘online’ activity). ï¿½Andy Howard inï¿½Sydney has an interesting post on his site andï¿½ fellow software developers describes the situation in Perth and Canberra. It seems (not surprisingly) that most people interested in co-working are in ICT related industries.
Unfortunately so far I have not seen any activity in South Australia. Iï¿½would have a few locations in mind in the Adelaide CBD (as I haveï¿½rented there before in a previous life), however I don’t have theï¿½capacity to take on the administrative effort at this stage. If anybodyï¿½in the vicinity of Adelaide (South Australia) is interested in pooling
some resources to get a similar project off the ground please just usï¿½the contact section of this site or leave a comment.
The rather unfortunate thing (compared to Europe) is that co-workingï¿½does not even seem to be on the radar for any Government (orï¿½semi-Goverment) Agency involved in the provision of support to emergingï¿½businesses. I have recently visited a coworking space in Austriaï¿½sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce (Wirtschaftskammer) and Iï¿½found it a rather good investment of funds seeing the activit and buzzï¿½around the place.