“Coworking is a global movement to establish shared workspaces for people who want to work in a community environment that is encouraging and collaborative.

Coworking is distinguished from other shared workspace concepts like executive suites and business incubators by its focus on community and collaboration. People who choose to work in coworking spaces do so precisely because they want the energy and insights of coworkers in their workspace. Coworking spaces usually have staff members who help make connections between the members and who coordinate programming for business and social enrichment. Coworking.com lists five core values that embody the spirit of coworking: community, openness, collaboration, sustainability, and accessibility.”

— Together: Community as a Means of Grace (Missional Wisdom Library: Resources for Christian Community Book 2) by Larry Duggins

Research

Research reported in the Harvard Business Review on coworking spaces show that these shared, member-based workspaces where remote corporate workers, startup employees, freelancers, and others “work alone together” can substantially reduce the isolation and loneliness associated with remote work. Some of the key findings from our surveys of coworking space members show that:

  • 87% of respondents report that they meet other members for social reasons, with 54% saying they socialize with other members after work and/or on weekends

  • 79% said coworking has expanded their social networks

  • 83% report that they are less lonely since joining a coworking space

  • 89% report that they are happier since joining a coworking space