The shared economy — Uber, AirBNB and Lyft — fosters a unique what-is-mine-is-yours mentality. Now more than ever, people are willing to loan their 2013 Honda CRVs and quaint parisian duplexes.
According to Entrepreneur’s AirBNB and Uber Are Just the Beginning. What’s Next for the Sharing Economy, “Globally, the sharing economy’s size in five key sectors was approximately $15 billion in 2014. It’s projected to reach $335 billion in 2025. The success of Uber, AirBNB and TaskRabbit isn’t just a fad — it’s a new way of doing business.”
Hasn’t it always been this way? As children, we’re taught to share our toys, popsicle sticks, glue, crayons and cookies. Admittedly, as adults, we’re less open to sharing, but in some intrinsic way, we’re still attracted to the idea of sharing.
Coworking has put that child-like faith into fruition.
According to Emergent Research‘s recent study, in partnership with the Global Coworking Conference (GCUC) and Office Nomads, “The key finding is while coworking spaces are definitely workspaces, they are also much more. They are where members work, network, learn and socialize together.”
However, unlike ride-sharers, couch-surfers and other shared economy counterparts, coworkers employ and benefit from the intangible — ideas, resources and expertise.
And with more and more coworking spaces crowding the socio-economic sphere, it has become increasingly easier for business owners and companies to connect and collaborate. As such, coworking has driven creative innovation within the workspace and catalyzed business growth.
In fact, Emergent Research’s findings report that 82% of those surveyed said coworking has expanded their professional networks and 67% said coworking improved their professional success.
“In other words,” continued Emergent Research, “coworking spaces are human.”