My name is Claire Carpenter,
and I'm the founder and CEO of the Melting Pot Scotland Centre for Social Innovation,
one of Europe's first coworking hubs.
This session is all about an introduction to coworking,
the rise of a movement,
the creation of an industry,
and its hybridization over time.
This talk is an introduction to coworking, Coworking 101.
During this talk, we're going to be covering what coworking is.
Why do people need coworking?
Why does coworking matter?
What's its impact? What does it do?
A brief history of coworking and the emerging
trends I've witnessed over the last 15 years,
we'll conclude with some thoughts about where it's heading.
What is coworking?
coworking with a hyphen,
co working without a hyphen,
these are words that are now coming into everyday parlance.
Coworking is an idea, it's a noun,
but it's also an action;
the coming together of people, the working together.
Coworking for me is about being far more than an office.
It's about people, their ideas,
actions, all contained within a physical space.
It's about building and celebrating and sharing human network.
We do all of these things in order to make stuff happen.
Coworking is where you work with your colleagues from
your own organization alongside other people from other organizations.
It's far more than just the desks, and the Wi-Fi,
and the Internet, and the coffee, and the location.
It's all about the human connections,
the relationships, the learning,
the developments, the serendipity that can
happen when you're sharing a physical resource space with each other.
Coworking has really melded three different industries.