The article on CoWorking in Business Week as smartmobbed here asks to reflect on the history of CoWorking in the context of technologies of cooperation. The BW story acknowledges the founders of CoWorking.info ‘as a movement to create cafe-like community/collaboration spaces for developers, writers and independents’. In my opinion CoWorking may be defined also in a broader context.
In CoWorking Revisited I have pointed to Bernie DeKoven as the leader in the development of methods for teaching collaborative skills. Today I did some more research on that and found that Bernard DeKoven focussed on the exploration of collaboration: technologies, tools, techniques, social processes, best practices and ‘whatever it is that brings people together to work effectively and productively as equals’.
With much pleasure I retrieved the collective memory at Web Archiv and found Bernie’s original newsletters on CoWorking, starting in July 1999.
Especially the following thought inspired me. Bernie stated then: “In the information age, where knowledge is actually power, CoWorking is a way of life as much as it is a way of working. The CoWorking Insititute is interested in the technologies and techniques that support CoWorking efforts in the virtual world”.
When I asked Bernie by mail what his voice on CoWorking would be today, he kindly replied that he would be an advocate of work as vocation, as “working together as equals” and “profiting of eachother’s success”.