[Tagging] Coworking space: amenity vs. office ?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 01:33:56 UTC 2017

On 05-Jan-17 11:05 AM, Greg Troxel wrote:
> Tom Pfeifer <t.pfeifer at computer.org> writes:
>> Pro amenity
>> ===========
>> - not all coworking spaces need to be offices, and the current wiki
>> definition does not demand this, it just says "where people can work".
>> Indeed I know a do-it-yourself carpentry where you can bring your wood
>> and use the machinery provided to finish your own furniture. Would
>> that be a coworking space as well?
> That is not a coworking space.  It is a maker space or hobby shop.
> There are also places you can brew beer, but those tend to be fee for
> service by the hour/batch, rather than a place you belong longer-term.
> Arguably, if the coworking space intened to accomodate professional
> carpenters who worked for different companies, maybe that would be
> coworking.  But really coworking is about something that feels like an
> office with coworkers and support services, but is shared by poeple that
> work for different companies or are perhaps self-employed.   To me, a
> core part of coworking space is that most(?) of the people using it view
> it as the physical location of their main employment.

So cowork can only be done in an office?

 From wikipedia "a style ofwork <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment>  that involves a shared working environment, often anoffice <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office>, and independent activity."

" is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently"

That would indicate it is not solely an office activity? And no necessarily work ... but a 'social gathering'?! Wikipedia!

cowork is not in my dictionary ..

but on the oxford dic. website I find co-work

"The use of an office or other working environment by people who are 
self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to 
share equipment, ideas, and knowledge:  /‘the whole idea of co-working is to bring bright, creative people 
together and let the ideas collide’"/


Note the "other working environment"//and no 'social gathering'.

> That said, I don't care if coworking is amenity or office.  Arguably
> it's an amenity aimed at businesses/consultants, who then have an
> office= within the coworking space.    But I think the idea that a hobby
> place with shared tools can be called coworking is off base, at least in
> the en_US sense of coworking.

Work is done for payment.

Hobbies are done for enjoyment, usually with no payment.

I think that is the difference here .. is the word 'work'.

I think the 'cowork' (or 'co-work') is too new and unfamiliar for me to comment further.

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