Coworking will go mainstream in 2010
Until recently, coworking spaces — which Wikipedia defines as „the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space“ — were concentrated most heavily in San Francisco and New York. In the past, coworking has mostly been a way for newbie start-up founders to share space and expenses. 2010 will likely see the expansion and formalization of these types of spaces both geographically and intellectually, as more will become incubators for start-up funding and volunteer support. Example: The Unreasonable Institute, a new nonprofit, has announced it will bring 25 global social entrepreneurs to Boulder, Colo., this summer for 10 weeks to co-train, co-work, and explore seed funding collaborations. Look for more such social enterprise institutes and retreats to pop up this year, based on the 20th century model of business artist’s colonies like Palomar5.org.