Coworking in Community
In her famous autobiography Dorothy Day says, “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
In Seattle, community is the key to the success of the Capitol Hill coworking space, Office Nomads. Coworking is the rapidly growing idea that people of different professions can share one working environment and successfully attend to their individual jobs. When working from home becomes too stifling or distracting and the need to get out and interact with other people is overpowering, coworking is the answer. For those who telecommute daily, coworking is ideal.
In the Catholic Church, we talk a lot about the importance of community – our family community, our parish community. But what about our working community?
The New York Times ran an article about the growing trend of coworking in February and profiled a few of the organizations that have helped facilitate the spread of this idea. The motto at Office Nomads is “individuality without isolation” and its founders Susan Evans and Jacob Sayles knew that this idea would go over well in Seattle – a city where business meetings often take place in crowded corner coffee shops. Office Nomads and its contemporaries have provided a new kind of community that inherently provides networking and the exchange positive ideas while creating a space to get work done and of course, have a cup of coffee.
It is this kind of community that prevents all of us from collapsing under the pressure of the long loneliness and allows us to grow more fully into the people God wants us to be.