August 9th is International Coworking Day

Every year on August 9th–10 days from now–coworking spaces and coworking enthusiasts around the world mark “International Coworking Day” (and hopefully tweet about it using the #coworkingday hash tag). It was on that day in 2005 that Brad Neuberg first publicly blogged the word coworking, sparking the innovative trend that has seen the opening of thousands of coworking spaces around the world.

Neuberg’s original message–in the first few lines of his blog post–goes a long way in communicating my original motivation to start Locus Workspace:

Traditionally, society forces us to choose between working at home for ourselves or working at an office for a company. If we work at a traditional 9 to 5 company job, we get community and structure, but lose freedom and the ability to control our own lives. If we work for ourselves at home, we gain independence but suffer loneliness and bad habits from not being surrounded by a work community.

Coworking is a solution to this problem. In coworking, independent writers, programmers, and creators come together in community a few days a week. Coworking provides the “office of a traditional corporate job, but in a very unique way. 

Coworking has come a long way since this initial description, with dedicated spaces and recognition that there is a far more diverse group of people who benefit from coworking, but the basic idea is the same: working for a company and working for oneself have largely opposed costs and benefits, and coworking can provide much of the solution: coworking adds the community, shared knowledge, continuing education, and social support often provided by a traditional office, while enabling people to follow their own passions and do what they most want to do, a path that traditionally has required giving up the community and support that comes from working for someone else, often at the cost of long-term success.

This August 9th, Locus’s Krakovská location is hosting a Jelly (a FREE open day of coworking for anyone in the area who’d like to join us with their laptops and some work to do to spend the day working alongside others). Locus hosts Jellies in cooperation with some other coworking spaces in Prague through our shared Meetup group, “Coworking in Prague”. Join us for this special Jelly and help us commemorate the 8th anniversary of coworking. You can sign up for the Jelly here.

Start of Weekly Locus Jellies & international Coworking Day

To commemorate International Coworking Day, Locus Workspace will host its first jelly. This will mark the start of an (almost*) weekly jelly, starting at Locus for this first event, but hopefully moving to other coworking spaces in the future (Coffice is already a co-host and will start participating when it can).

So what’s a jelly and what’s International Coworking Day?

“Jelly is a casual working event. It’s taken place in over a hundred cities where people have come together (in a person’s home, a coffee shop, or an office) to work for the day. We provide chairs and sofas, wireless internet, and interesting people to talk to, collaborate with, and bounce ideas off of. You bring a laptop (or whatever you need to get your work done) and a friendly disposition.” Learn more about jellies at

For details on International Coworking Day (and some things you can do to commemorate it, see my blog post from last year’s Coworking Day here:

Space is limited, so please sign up early if you know you want to go.*

The jelly will take place at Locus’s new upper floor (take the elevator to the 4th floor and find the door around the corner to the left). The jelly will be followed by a film night on Locus’s 3rd floor at 6:30pm where we’ll show *Harold & Maude* on the whiteboard with a data projector.

If interested, please sign up for that separately.*

Here’s the schedule:
9am-12:30pm: 1st block of coworking
12:30pm-1pm: Presentation (TBA)
1-2:30pm: Lunch at Vytopna ( for those who want to join.
2:30-6pm: 2nd block of coworking.
6:30pm-8:30pm: Harold and Maude.

Feel free to come for just the 1st or 2nd coworking block if you can’t make it to the whole day, but please indicate that in your confirmation comment.

If you’re interested in giving a 1/2 hour before-lunch presentation, please let me know.

* – If you’d like to attend, you will need to confirm your attendance by accepting a Google Calendar event invitation. Please send me an email letting me know you want to attend with a google email account if you have one (but you need not have a google account to accept the invitation).

Today, August 9th, “Interational Coworking Day”

Five years ago today Brad Neuberg publicly blogged about “coworking”–a term he coined–for the first time, announcing the first regular “coworking” get together: As of this weekend, with some great footwork by Rio de Janeiro coworking space owner Cadu de Castro Alves (, August 9th has been marked International Coworking Day.

Though there wasn’t much advanced notice this time around, spread the word if you can!

Tara Hunt, one of coworking’s original advocates and a master or making movements happen, made some suggestions for what to post about coworking today, using the #coworkingday tag:

1. how you first heard about the movement
2. why you decided to get involved
3. when your space opened up or you started working out of a coworking
4. why coworking is better than working alone (or in another situation,
like a coffee shop)
5. etc.

Hopefully with some advanced planning for 2011, International Coworking Day will be a more raucous event. 🙂