Coworking, Community, and Sustainable Mobility
This is the fifth segment in a six-part series about the impact of coworking on local communities (parts 1, 2, 3 and 4). We continue the series with a focus on local communities by Alkaloid Networks located in the most eclectic part of historic O4W east of Atlanta.
Summer is a time for getting outdoors. We get around easier, we take breaks all while relishing in the freedom of a little extra time in our schedules. But is there anything more liberating than coworking?
Coworking is an act of liberation because it allows for more sustainable mobility in a community.
Remote workers, gig employees, and small businesses are a growing part of our economy. Consider how this new way of working contributes to being a freer and more sustainable and mobile society.
The Freedom of Coworking
- History of coworking: “Coworking spaces, which first appeared in San Francisco in 2005, have spread rapidly throughout the world. They represent a new way of organizing work based on the sharing of a workspace and a network of workers that encourages collaboration.”
- Coworking has created a new kind of economy. Because these spaces “advocate for inventing new methods of working, which are often less formal, based on exchange, collaboration and co-creativity. The main justification for this support is presumed beneficial effects of coworking in terms of sustainable mobility.”
- Coworking has grown in popularity because it also offers the benefit of FREE time. According to the French Ministry of Territorial Cohesion, “coworking would cut down travel time by one hour and ten minutes per teleworking day.”
- Coworking isn’t just more liberating … it’s more healthy. “By offering workers the opportunity to work close to home, coworking spaces are expected to reduce the negative impacts of commuting (congestion, pollution, etc.) and promote a better work-life balance. “
- Find a space near your home to make the most of alternative methods of transportation.
Supporting a Culture of Coworking
- Cities and even countries are starting to see how coworking is improving the lives of those who work this way. “In France, the creation of coworking spaces goes hand in hand with a very proactive discourse on the part of the public authorities. These authorities encourage, and even financially support, their development. Their number has increased significantly in recent years. There are currently 1800 coworking spaces in France.”
- COVID has made remote work a reality for more and more employees. These employees might have the benefit of no commute, but also need a quiet and separate place to work. Many employers have started to pay for their employees to have a coworking membership because of the benefits it offers.
Why We Need Coworking
A coworking community supports a healthier society overall. Coworking squashes the negative impacts of loneliness. Even if you’re an introvert, there are still opportunities to work how you need to in a coworking space, and you’ll get the support needed to grow your business.
To find some amazing coworking spaces in Atlanta, visit the Atlanta Coworking Alliance.
Read Part 1: Coworking Impact on Local Retail
Read Part 2: Coworking Impact on Local Services
Read Part 3: Coworking Impact on Local Communities
Read Part 4: Coworking Impact on Mental Health