I’ve recently added a new section full of coworking resources for all you looking for coworking information to launch your own coworking space, write an article, or doing some academic research for a paper. I’ve ordered them in 9 different categories:
I got tired of looking for links in my bookmarks and with Google and not having a central repository. I know that there are a lot of people having the same issues, so I decided to create and maintain these lists of coworking resources:
They have a lot of good links and references in them, but they are not perfect. If there’s anything that you think should be included please let me know :) If you think that they are useful, share them !
I never got to write this post when I should, so I decided to do it a bit later as if it had been written that same day. It is not that I’ve been thinking about it all this time: I thought I had done it and just realized I hadn’t. Why didn’t I write it? Keep reading and you will understand :) Posted on August 11, 2016
Today has been an amazing day. You could say that two of my babies have seen the light on this very day. Early this morning, my son Alex was born :)
And just a few hours latter I had to run from the hospital to Betacowork for the presentation to the media of the first translation of my book The Coworking Handbook: Het Coworking Handboek.
Thankfully I did not have to do most of the talking, after the little sleep and stress that I carry over from last night I am not in peak performance. Luckily Paul picked up and made an introduction explaining the project and why the Pulse Foundation supported it. The reason is simple: they want to promote coworking as a resource to leverage to promote entrepreneurship in Belgium. It is not just that they understand it from a theoretical point of view. Paul created the foundation and is running it as a coworker at Betacowork Coworking Brussels. He is an entrepreneur that helps entrepreneurs and promotes entrepreneurship.
Another person present that is very important for the book is Helena Vansynghel, the translator who also happens to be a betacoworker. She works for Betacowork doing the translations to Dutch of the site and a selection of posts. If you want to work with somebody that is good, that you can depend on and that can really manage a project, Helena is your woman.
At Betacowork, we try first to work with our coworkers for all the work that we can’t do ourselves. Pascal van Den Driessche is in charge of the cover design of the handbook, and he has also created the logo of Betacowork and done a lot more work for us. Katia Xenophontos and Pierre Leonard will take care of the translation to French.
It is not by chance that so many things happen among the betacoworkers, or among coworkers in any other coworking space: we talk a lot, we share a lot, we know a lot about each other and about our businesses. This translation came to life thanks to an invitation by Paul to attend the presentation of the annual report of Pulse Foundation. There he explained what were the main areas that the foundation wanted to work on to promote entrepreneurship in Belgium, and among them was coworking! This is one of those serendipity moments that happen so often at coworking spaces. I immediately thought of a few ideas that could help Pulse Foundation promote coworking in the country, and among them was to translate the handbook to the main languages of Belgium: Dutch and French.
If you want to get your copy of Het Coworking Handboek, just click on the cover :)
And if you want to translate the book or can get the money to pay for the translation, contact me!
Besides organizing a bunch of events at Betacowork for the Coworking Week, I thought that I should do something special with my coworking book. Lucky you, there will be a countdown deal for the Kindle version of The Coworking Handbook through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.UK :) (Unfortunately, I cannot run deals on the paperback, if I could I would too.)
[Tweet “Limited discount of @cohandbook for #coworkingweek. The clock is ticking”]
The thing about this discount is that it will be smaller as the End of Coworking Week comes. There will be 5 increments and by 11 pm PST for the USA store and 11 pm for the UK store the book will be back to its original price.
Here are the schedules for both stores (no other stores are made available by Amazon):
[Tweet “Super discount today: @cohandbook special for #coworkingweek”]
The discount will start tomorrow night at midnight when the day changes from the 5th to the 6th. So set up a reminder in your agenda and do not miss this opportunity to get the only practical guide about operating a coworking space.
This is one of the features I really like about using a Kindle: popular highlights. A lot of users, like myself, have agreed to share their highlights on the books and Amazon aggregates them to show the popular ones. It is a great way to skim a book and to see interesting stuff about it, even before reading.