In our model, relationships comes first, profit comes second.
Since it was born in 2008, the Cowo network has always had a staple in activating coworking spaces inseide companies and professional places.
In other words, all Cowo have their location at a company, a studio, a professional.
The space fixed costs are already included in professional activity, this way the coworking activity is not bound to making profits a tall costs.
The overheads are paid already by the main activity.
We envisioned this approach for two reasons:
1 – The coworking business model is far from being identified
2 – By not having to meet the overhead costs involved in having a space, we can enjoy the freedom to develop the coworking community without the obsession of making profit
This does not mean that Cowo ignores the importance of economic resources.
It means – vice versa – looking for a way to generate economic resources through relationship maximization and not profit maximization.
Value is generated by the people, not invoices :-)
Below you can browse the CowoCamp 2012 opening presentation, focusing of the CowoEconomy, something that comes out from our profit-comes-second substainable model :-)
Regarding the CowoManifesto, here are the posts we published already:
In the English version:
- Coworking is just a word. Only people give it meaning.
- We make work a better experience through space/knowledge sharing, every day.
- Coworkers are not clients. They are professionals working with you.
- We are part of a larger community, both physical and online, and we speak to each other.
- In our model, relationships come first, profit comes second.
- Our professional skills are constantly enriched by our community.
- We don’t believe in competition. This makes us highly competitive.
- Coworking enjoys the best marketing strategy: happiness.
- Coworking is always the beginning of something.
- “Coworking is a labour of love”. (Tara Hunt)