Man, Web Worker Daily loves coworking. They just covered the Coworking Visa.
The Coworking Visa project, a community-based effort, is essentially an exchange program. If you’re a member of one participating coworking center, you can work at another participating coworking center without having to pay the fees.
It’s really no surprise that the site keeps heaping the love on coworking. It’s aimed directly at the same people who make up a large contingent in the coworking community after all. I don’t know the folks there, but I bet many of them have worked from home or the cafe for too long and were chomping at the bit for coworking when it came along. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me that some of the people who run WWD run or helped start up coworking spaces.
Oh, yeah, what’s the Coworking Visa, you ask? If you’re newer around here, it’s likely you may not have heard of it as it is something Office Nomads fully supports but doesn’t talk about much. Basically, if you’re a member of coworking space that takes part in the Visa program, then you can visit any other member of the program when you’re traveling, for free. Each space sets its own limits and requirements, but most are pretty easy going and willing to make an effort to make visitors comfortable. So next time you’re on the road and need a place to work, look into the Coworking Visa on the coworking wiki and find a space waiting to welcome you.
I’ve probably said this here before, but when it rains, it pours coworking and Office Nomads coverage. This week already there are three articles on coworking in the blogosphere, and it’s only Tuesday!
First up is a fabulous overview of coworking and why businesses should try it over at TriangleB2B.com. It’s a long-ish piece that explores the origins, reasons and mechanics of coworking (though it does use the hyphen). It’s by far the best piece on coworking that I’ve seen yet and well worth the read if you’re new to the concept or if you’re well versed in coworking but still sometimes getting the “blank stare” when you explain it. This piece will give you plenty of good, clear language that helps entreprenuers see the value in coworking.
The venerable Web Worker Daily posted another piece on coworking, this time focusing on the history of their coworking coverage. It’s a handy guide to stories describing coworking in general, covering unique business models in coworking and even one on some exotic coworking locales. Read up and join the ongoing discussion there. It’s lively and informative.
Finally, slightly West of us, Jennifer Hargrove at The Kitsap Sun (yes, an actual print newspaper) caught wind of the coworking movement. They published a short piece about coworking and used Office Nomads as the example. Thanks for the kind words and the shout out about the Pink Slip Special!
The image is appropriately titled “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” We used it under the Creative Commons license thanks to flickr user Krikit.