Coworking in the Cityby greenspacewriter 04/03/2012
After our March 23rd gathering, it became clear that many people were curious about Wix Lounge, a free coworking space and host to a variety of events. There were a multitude of questions asked in regards to Wix Lounge’s general functions and operations. Above all, guests were astounded that use of the space comes at no cost.
In recent years, coworking offices have been cropping up nationwide, usually in larger cities like San Francisco, CA and Dallas, TX. The idea behind coworking is not only a move towards greener urban living, but also generates a more positive atmosphere for those conducting business in these spaces. For those city-dwellers who work from home, a place like Wix Lounge is an invaluable resource. The change of scenery and productive environment of these office alternatives provides the motivation that an apartment is lacking. Additionally, coworking spaces can also act as a meeting ground for group work and collaborative projects.
Besides productivity benefits, coworking is also a sustainable approach to working remotely. While Wix still runs on electricity, of course, its role as a gathering places allows for a more efficient use of resources: instead of plugging into 50 different outlets throughout the city, workers come and share energy at a nearby coworking space.
It should be noted that more coworking spaces throughout the city could potentially reduce the average professional’s impact on the environment. If coworking offices were more common and more widely accepted as an alternative working space by employers, more workers would have no need to use transportation (public or otherwise). Making it common practice to bike or walk to the neighborhood coworking space could, no doubt, be the next great step towards greener urban living.