Every good project starts with a vision. The vision behind Copass has been clear from the very beginning. We’re all about designing lifestyles. Or more precisely, about letting people design their own lifestyle by providing them with tools that would enable a completely new way to live and work. A lifestyle that would be more fulfilling, more efficient, more collaborative. We’ve been discussing it for the last few years with the people we met. We refined it through the projects we’ve been working on so far and thanks to the people we had passionate discussions with.
A few months ago we decided it was time to bring our vision one step further by going full time on bringing Copass to life. These last 4 months, we’ve been building the platform like crazy and we did not even had the time to sit down and write about what we are doing and why we are doing it. It’s been too long. Let us start our series of blog posts by sharing our vision.
How do I want to live and work ? What is important to me ? Which kind of persons do I want to be surrounded by ? those are maybe the most important questions that one can ask himself. The way we end up living and working will hopefully be somewhere in-between the answers to those questions and what is realistic.
The thing is, both the answers and what’s technically possible have been changing at an incredible pace in the course of the last few years. Still, for a lot of people, the way we live and produce value has remained pretty much the same. Most of the people still work their 9 to 5 days, wait for the weekends and the holidays to do what is often the most important to them and go back to their jobs.
While technology has the potential to give us more freedom, it ends up making free time less free by bringing work into the private sphere in the form of emails and emergency calls…Private and professional have started to merge and professional seems to be winning the game. The thing is, going back to the good old days is impossible. But we believe technology has the potential to bring personal fulfillment in the professional sphere.
Talking about revolutions
The revolution in ICT has been huge. The last 15 years have seen an explosion of incredible tools. It’s hard to realize that we have now access to the entire music, millions of books, a myriad of movies, slideshows or videos in one click. Or more precisely, it’s hard to believe it wasn’t the case before. We can make some conference calls with anyone on the planet, collaborate on the same document, exchange files, chat, find a flat or share a car like never before in the history.
It would be absurd to think that such tremendous changes in technologies would have no social impact. It’s always the same: men build tools, tools build new cultures and cultures build men. The coming years will see the new culture created by those technologies redefining the way we live, work and meet people. It has already started.
They have rewired our brains. Literally. We think, learn and collaborate differently. millions of us have already watched tutorials or followed courses over the internet, collaborated on projects with complete strangers, written blog posts or met fantastic persons through random meet-ups.
Asimov predicted in this 1982 interview that computers connected together and providing humanity with an immense source of knowledge would open doors to a totally new way of learning. He encouraged people to “follow their own bent”. Learning would become a lifelong process made of experiences, questions and answers, that would be unique to each of us. Following our own bent and improving through experiences is built-in for a new generation that grew up with the internet.
You are where you go
One extremely important cultural change is the way we move. Mobility has never been so important. Most students end up spending at least 1 year in a foreign country. Lot’s of them speak several languages, have been confronted to different cultures and countries, have moved dozens of times in a new flat, have fallen in love with a girl abroad and much more… Moving becomes part of who they are and how they learn. It taught them to adapt to new situations and to look at problems from different angles.
The simple idea of spending an entire life in one single place seems awkward and unfullfilling. It’s hard to get rid off this travel bug. Mobility has changed. Travelling is not something they do on the weekends or for holidays. it’s embedded into their persons. And since technologies enable them to work from virtually anywhere, why should they stop?
The internet of people
Collaborative spaces have been popping up everywhere on the planet at an ever increasing rate. Coworking spaces, Fab Labs, hackerspaces, maker spaces and all sorts of spaces have become obvious for a lot of people. The flexibility they offer, the relationships between people inside them, the way they let people experiment and learn matches the expectations of a new breed of people.
They act like servers, connecting talents and know-hows locally. Now what happens if you connect those spaces on a global scale ? What happens if instead of being connected to your local communities, you would be connected to a global community of local communities ? What happens if anywhere you go you can find a nice work environment and a community of talented and open-minded folks ?
When we connected local networks of computer together we started building the internet. Suddenly, the knowledge that was accessible locally was accessible by anyone anywhere. We believe that the same can happen with people. Letting people and talents circulate between several spaces, making meaningful connections wherever they go, can ultimately create the internet of people.
We believe that if this happens, this network of spaces will become the infrastructure on which a new generation of workers is going to rely to get their work done. It will open doors to a new location independent, yet highly collaborative way to live and work. That’s what we are striving for. Now let’s do that together.