The roots of the coworking space are old: in the 15th century, the bottegas (artists’ workshops) were already collaborative spaces in which a spirit of innovation and collaboration between teachers and apprentices was breathed. The collaborative space perpetuates a tradition of work community.
Nowadays the coworking is a new organization of work that translates a certain number of changes. Coworkings are places for economic production, emphasizing the intelligence of the collective. This allows its members to share their ideas and practices to stimulate knowledge transfer, related to skills and build sustainable links between people.
Innovation is one of the main characteristics of these spaces. This is directed towards the future and contribute to co-create between actors of the world of tomorrow goods and services that make the world advance.
But above all, they are already essentially conceived as places of sharing and collaboration. That is to say, as places of work that are also places of life and whose social dimension is the heart that makes it work out. In this sense we can speak of “third way”.
In fact, coworking spaces are places that create new solidarities and strong social ties. They are at the heart of social innovation because they are places that deeply produce ideas, concepts, ways of doing things and solidarity.
Aware of their potential, some of these “third ways” work to improve the paths of collaboration and exchange. It is about facilitating cooperation and crossing worlds that work in fragmented places, to put together resources and competencies with a vision focused on collective intelligence.
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