Deskmag – the online coworking magazine – has published some interesting data on “how many coworking spaces there are in the world“. (It has also defined our project superb, which made our cheeks go red…).
The number in itself (820) doesn’t say much, what is interesting is that… there are more and more. Good.
We don’t pay much attention to numbers, but we do know that Cowo has helped the Italian coworking community (now composed of approximately 80 spaces, 57 of them in our network) grow quite a bit, not only through our affiliation program, but also with the national barcamps held in 2010 and 2011 [and following years], the free coworking events, the special coworking space set up for the Salone del Mobile for two years, the participation to the Coworking Europe Congress… leave alone the online work and communities.
We are coworking enthusiasts (and practitioners, of course).
In these past three years (Cowo was born in 2008 with our space in Milano and evolved in the network project in February 2009) the link to the Wikipedia definition of coworking has never left the top-right position in our homepage, to remind us what we are here for… and we always make sure that the people who join Cowo are very aware of the coworking values, before they start.
So, why are we writing this?
Well, because Deskmag left the 50+ Cowo spaces out of the count!
It did it on the grounds that our spaces are not 100% fully dedicated to coworking, but home to different economic activities, which open their doors to coworking/nomad working in order to share they professional values (and their desks)… hey, isn’t that what coworking is all about? Aren’t 99% of coworking spaces not self-sustaining, economically speaking?
This to say: c’mon Deskmag, put us back in the count! Make that total closer to a 1,000, the Italians wanna play the game too… :-D
Note: We have sent the article’s author, Carsten Foertsch, a message on this, asking to be able to explain better our project on Deskmag magazine.