1. Working Together
By Paul Berkovic on idonethis
“Whose team are you on?
It’s easy to forget about this crucial element of communicating outside of your immediate team. When we’re in an office environment and primarily interacting with a handful of people—the ones you see every day and have lunch with—we tend to put up blinders.
If you’re like most people, you work in a lot of different collaborative groups—within your office, organizations your company collaborates with, and freelancers. We’re all on a lot of teams, they’re just pseudo-invisible.”
2. Freelance vs Gig Economy
It also turns out there’s no consensus on what “work” is, especially, again, in the online gig economy.
Evidence of this comes from recent studies from two highly respected research organizations. Pew Research says about 24% of adult Americans earned money in the digital “platform economy” in the past year. This works out to about 59 million Americans.
JP Morgan Chase Institute’s recent study shows about .9%, or about 2.5 million Americans, work in the online gig economy.
So who’s right?
The quick answer is both, neither, or one or the other. It all depends on how you define the “online gig economy” and, more interestingly, how you define “work”.
3. Coworking Brussels
Last week Philip and Bernie took part in the Copass Coworking camp in Brussels.
While there they pinned other ‘campers’ to the wall and got their views on freelancing, coworking, community and the future of work.
We kick off with Eric who is one of the co-founders of Copass – the place where you can find a cosy place to coworking anywhere in the world!
4. Future Of Work
We met Pedro Berlin in 2014 at his coworking space Agora Collective and at the OuiShare Fest in Paris.
The coworking sector has been booming in recent years. Deskmag, one of the major magazines that covers the industry, projects in the 2016 coworking forecast that the sector will experience continued growth and expansion over the next 4 years, although at a slower rate than the current pace. As the chart below shows, we expect the number of global coworking spaces will grow from a bit over 11,000 this year to just over 26,000 in 2020. This is a compounded annual growth rate of 23.8%.
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