The Coworking Spain Conference 2015

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We’re very happy to be collaborating with Coworking Spain during their April 24-26 conference! We’ve been there each year since the very beginning, and it’s one of our favourite “meetings” around coworking in the world.

Coworking Spain is a strong force, and an prime example, for coworking as a movement in Europe and around the world. They are probably the best national network in Europe! These guys have built great momentum in Spain around the concept of coworking, and have led to the sharing of people and ideas between collaborative workspaces from Seville to Barcelona, Bilbao to Gibraltar.

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The Easter Break Copass Camp: The Canary Islands

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What are your plans this Easter break?

Easter’s coming up, there’s a fresh warmth in the air and a spring in your step. To help lift your spirits with the season, why not join us for our April 6-12 Copass Camp in the Canary Islands? After Easter on April 5th, it’s the perfect getaway for getting some serious work done, or having a serious break…

The Copasser is an expert of work and play. Come along, and you’ll see exactly how! We believe in providing the perfect environment for either perfect focus and top-notch productivity, or for getting a bit relaxed and taking a load off, or for blowing off some steam through some sport activities!

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Coworking in Corsica: Bastia Coworking

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What should you expect?

Seaside picnics, a recording studio, windy backstreets, hidden poker rooms and a healthy dose of Corsican pride.

The Big Picture

A striking independent island culture in the middle of the Mediterranean, Corsica is so full of geographical diversity and cultural richness that it’s a veritable miniature continent.

From the largest mountains on a mediterranean island, to some of the best beaches in the sea – you’ll also discover that for coworking in Corsica it’s an entrepreneur’s paradise. Because, for the digital economy, it’s still uncharted territory.

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2015: The Year of the Copass Camps

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Partake in the next Copass Camp in Fuerteventura April 6-12 to see what The Year of Copass Camps is all about! We’ve got a big year of big adventures coming straight to you by popular demand…

You may have noticed recently that we passed into the Chinese Year of the Sheep. The Chinese New Year marks the largest human migration in world history – each year, every year, in recent times.

A momentous occasion, within a period of 40 days this new year accounts for 3,620,000,000 trips of people travelling across Asia. Mostly to return home and to visit their family, this exceptional moment highlights the fluidity and ceaseless movements of people around the world.

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A Software Engineer Sailing the High Seas

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In the wide world of coworking, you meet some pretty fascinating people and learn things about them that you wouldn’t expect. It’s one of our favourite parts of working from many spaces – the more people you meet, the less you know what to expect!

Baku, currently in Portugal, is a case-in-point of this. We met him in Lisbon a few months ago. Here’s the thing: Baku is a Silicon Valley software engineer. But he loves sailing. So, what did he do? He combined the two in the most awesome way possible.

He’s a software engineer sailing the high seas! Sounds pretty cool, right? Check out our interview with him below and discover more!

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Coworking in Boston: NGIN Workplace

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This post was researched and written by our dedicated Boston-based Siberian-born Russian Copass correspondent, Masha Kosobokova!

What Should You Expect?

Neighbours like Google, Facebook and MIT, strawberry & banana smoothies, in-office Yoga & CrossFit and hard working 24/7.

What are you thinking about, when you hear Boston? Probably not coworking in Boston. You might imagine Harvard, Red Sox, Dunkin’ Donuts, Super Bowl 2015 (Patriots are the champions).

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Coworking in Lisbon: Coworklisboa | LX Factory

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What Should You Expect?

A parking lot bar, a dictator’s printing press, a food court and the Velvet Underground.

Lisbon is, in many ways, a destination city. You go for the beaches, you go for the food, you go for the people, the places, the culture, the nightlife, and so on. But little would you know, Lisbon is truly a destination city for coworking. Visit Coworklisboa at the LX Factory, and you’ll see why – let’s go coworking in Lisbon.

The bold and compelling spirit of Lisbon is matched and surpassed in the personalities of those you’ll find at Coworklisboa. A bright, determined, passionate and exciting community awaits you in this inspiring space. Coworklisboa has been pioneering coworking in Portugal and in Europe. This six-year-old space popped up when coworking was little less than a rumour.

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Coworking in New York: Bat Haus

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Coworking in New York? Check out Bat Haus. In discovering this space, you might just re-discover the thing that makes coworking spaces so wonderful in the first place: the people.

Stepping out onto Wyckam Avenue from the Brooklyn-bound L train, you might feel a bit far from home in Bushwick’s aged industrial landscape. But as soon as you open the door to this quirky, beautiful space, you’ll feel at home all over again.

The Big Picture

Opened in mid-2012, this space was founded and renovated under the vision of Bat Haus’s dynamic duo, philosophers Natalie and Cody (they’re both philosophy majors). Bat Haus is a completely open space, in the most literal way possible – it’s a huge garage, from an old mechanic shop. Fixed up with series of long desks used by an eclectic collection of New York’s fascinating freelancers, you’ll find as much inspiration as much as you will camaraderie.

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Our Top 3 Favourite Tools for Remote Work

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Working in different spaces, cities, countries and continents, we’re often asked the question: how do we do it, and what tools do we use?

If you know any of us at Copass, you probably know that we’re all over the place. On any given day, one of us may be in Belgium, another in Portugal, another in Switzerland, Italy, England, Germany or even the USA! Even if many times we’re in the same city, we love working from different spaces and getting fresh views on Paris all the time through its many amazing workspaces.

We love the serendipity and inspiration that comes from moving around to new spaces, and talking with new people all the time. The thing is, of course that sounds great, but how on earth do we stay productive? Thankfully there’s a huge range of very helpful cloud-based services and internet tools we use to be more productive than ever. Take a look at our top 3 favourites!

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The Ultimate Copass How-To Guide

So, how do you use Copass? You’ve come to the right place: the Ultimate Copass How-To Guide. This is the always up-to-date first-come-and-be-served resource for how to use Copass. Luckily for you, it’s pretty simple! There are three major steps in using it that, when followed, will help you get the most out of your Copass experience. These are:

1. Search for a Space
2. Look at Space Options
3. Check Yourself In

If you have any more questions, or want anything clarified, just email us directly and we’ll get you on the right track ASAP! So have fun, and happy Copassing!

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Meet Amazing Copassers: Manon & the African Clean Energy Project

We met Manon through Copass on a whim. She was looking for a place to stay upon visiting and coworking for a few days in Paris, and little did she know that she would find one of the best hosts in the city – Augustin, one of our very own! She used Copass to find him, and then met us at Mutinerie for a chat about her nomadic travels across Europe to promote her amazing African Clean Energy project. Check out what she has to say about her work, her travels and her time as one of our amazing Copassers!

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The First “Copass Camp” – Lisbon

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The First “Copass Camp.” Now you’ve heard all about it. But what is it?

And more importantly… what’s the point?

We live in a world where all of us are inundated by invitations every day to workshops, meet-ups, seminars, conferences, networking events, barbecues, coffee sessions, lunch break-outs, brainstorming breakfasts, and more. There is no denying that these activities are great for bringing people together, for forming new ideas, for facilitating new connections and forging new relationships. But at Copass, we usually feel as if something is missing.

It’s the human element. Exchanging business cards with someone else creates a bond of “friendship” as much as becoming “friends” with someone on Facebook. In many cases, it is acknowledging another’s existence by the easiest and most base means possible – where your relationship is little more than codified in a thin paper card or a series of social media likes. Friendship, as much as Facebook leads us to believe it, is actually a much more intimate exercise, involving real people in real places sharing real experiences.

The first “Copass Camp” is a way of leveraging the power of technology to build communities that mean something to us, rather than to build communities that signify something to others.

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Is a Global Collaborative Economy Possible? Ask “The Sharing Bros”

Is it possible to travel for months, across continents, using only the collaborative economy? This is the question that The Sharing Bros have set out to answer. And because we think it’s a question worth answering, Copass has decided to sponsor them on their journey.

Collaborative Economy Nomads

The three entrepreneurs – Ivan, Mathieu and Roro – are living and travelling across North and South America for six months. Their trip is 21,000 kilometres long, crossing 15 countries. They plan to test, and to document, life in the collaborative economy on a global scale by giving voice to the people who compose it – and their motivations, histories and aspirations. With crowdfunded support, they plan to make a web series of their experiences during the trip, as well as producing a fully-fledged documentary about the collaborative economy on-the-go.

Where does Copass come in? We’re sponsoring them to cowork from spaces throughout their whole journey. We want to see how long-term nomadic coworkers use and enjoy Copass in real time. If their experiment is successful, it is further encouragement for us to develop our vision of global coworking so that we can work, live, and collaborate anywhere on earth.

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Want to Be a Hero? Meet Copasser Christophe and the Amazing Hexo+

We met Christophe Baillon before we even started coding Copass. Among other things, he is taking part in one of the most successful French Kickstarter campaigns ever, with Hexo+, an autonomous drone that will follow and film you on-the-go. This drone can turn anyone into a hero! And besides being an accomplished, passionate multi-entrepreneur, Christophe was actually one of the very first Copass users ever. Check out what he has to say about his experience as an entrepreneur and Copasser!

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Hi Christophe! Could you tell us quickly who you are and what you’re working on?

I’m 34. I’m an autodidact and have been very fond of software development since I was five years old. I created ‘Sogilis’ in 2008, a company (operating without a manager) of 20 passionate people who make innovative software. Sogilis has notably developed a safety-critical component for the A350 (where a bug can cause a crash and death), but also it has worked with a lot a web startups and medical projects.

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Spaces that Speak: What Apache Indians and Coworkers Have in Common

And that ravine over there, […] Its name is Naagosch’id tú hayigeedé (Badger Scoops Up Water). Badger lived there a long time ago, next to a spring where he went to drink. There was no daylight then and the people were having a hard time. Badger and Bear wanted to keep it that way – they liked the darkness – but Coyote outsmarted them. He gambled with them and won daylight for the people. -Dudley Patterson (Western Apache horseman)

Lots of funny things happen here, a good example is the haircut. One of my coworkers […] asked me if her friend could come to Mutinerie to give haircuts. I needed a haircut at the time, so I said OK and told everyone about it. The atmosphere was funny because it happened just here in the bathroom, the door was open so everybody saw us getting our hair cut. -Antoine van den Broek (Founder of Mutinerie coworking)

So, what on earth do Western Apache Indians and coworkers have in common?

I’d like to suggest a very peculiar answer: wisdom. Wisdom gained from the formation of communities through places, and the formation of places through communities.

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