This episode is the first of two I recorded live at GCUC, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference. Coworking and the relationship between it and freelancers is going to be the central part of my focus for the next few episodes.
Not only do I run my own coworking space in Santa Rosa called WIMPspace, but I’m also a new member of the leadership team for Open Coworking. Coworking is a global movement, not just an industry, demonstrating the strength of cooperative and collaborative relationships between independent workers with one another and their communities. It’s something I’m passionate about, and I hope you get something out of listening to these episodes.
My guest for this episode is Melissa Mesku. She is a freaking rockstar. I met Melissa online and couldn’t wait to meet her in person at GCUC to record this session. Melissa has done a lot for the coworking movement and continues to be at the forefront of trends in coworking.
And let me tell you, the girl knows how to bring people together. She’s charming and a natural born leader and I admire her quite a bit. Thanks, Melissa!
We discuss the following topics/themes in this episode:
- Pure Cure Dental Technology
- New Worker Magazine
- Coworking from a meta perspective
- GCUC Coworking Conference 2015 in Berkeley
- Coliving and Cooperative Housing Movement
- The benefits of cooperative and collaborative working methods
- Shared projects with friends is heaven on earth
- Lindsey Rima
- Coworking is doubling every year
- Different kinds of coworking spaces
- Being an introvert in a coworking space
- New Work City
- The kinds of problems that can get solved by coworking
- The magic is in the interaction
- Publishing critiques on what works and what doesn’t
- AKA “Coworking Magazine“
- Work is supposed to be a boring topic but it’s totally not!
- Embracing working for yourself
- Firing yourself and rehiring yourself
- Melissa’s advice on how to be a coworking slut
- Coworking does not have to be monogamous – grrrowl!
- The Rise of the Workspace Marketplace
- I AM NOT ELOQUENT
- Down with the competitive
- Coworking is a movement
- WIMPspace: The clubhouse to your club
- Reverse Retirement and being a Digital Nomad
- Coworking Visa