According to Wikipedia, coworking “is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization.” Further, “coworking is also 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 people who value working in the same place alongside each other.”
Ok, now that we have a definition of what coworking is — beyond the obvious — let’s address the reality. Questions that often surface like, “What the hell do we do with all this office space we thought we needed from decades past?” are often the foundation of its existence. Remember the time when a bank branch was believed to be required on every corner and a local bookstore was expected to be in every town? It seems like Home Depot and Amazon solved this problem, and eventually, Amazon will be the cure for everything we need.