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Wed 27 Sep 2017

Should We Get Active Connecting And Supporting Freelancers In OuiShare Universe?

BJM
Bernie J Mitchell Public Seen by 903

Brothers and Sisters Of OuiShare,

This is a call to action for us to connect the 'freelancers and independent economic agents' within the OuiShare Universe.

My proposal is to support the European Freelancers Week and then get active in the European Coworking Assembly to find ways to connect people, projects and coworking spaces in and around the OuiShare Universe.

We have collected so much information about working independently, how to run our own business and work with bigger organisations.

We need to share this knowledge to become sustainable agents ourselves and both help and learn from other people

In the next few weeks, there is the European Freelancers Week and then a group of us will go to Coworking Europe in Dublin with the Copass gang.

We have over 35 OuiShare Radio podcasts on "Brave New Work" about coworking and freelancing here: https://goo.gl/XeXiGb

The best way to help people is to connect with people already doing this work.
(Starting something new would duplicate good work others are already doing.)

If you are already acting, thinking, doing, organising conversations around this get in touch with me!
Bernie@ouishare.net

Get Involved Part 1!
Join the OuiShare "Freelancer Warriors" slack group here: https://goo.gl/L9QHpF

Get Involved Part 2!
European Freelancers Week here - https://goo.gl/LBtK64

European Event Tool Kit here - https://goo.gl/YVm6Sp

Coworking Europe Copass Camp here - https://goo.gl/JLRCsD

European Coworking Assembly here - https://goo.gl/3J2Lhh

My proposal again:
To support the European Freelancers Week and then get active in the European Coworking Assembly to find ways to connect people, projects and coworking spaces in and around the OuiShare Universe. Are You In?

Questions, challenges, ideas and ruckus making welcome!
Love Bernie

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Alex Thu 28 Sep 2017

This is a great way to connect people in freelancing & coworking 馃憤馃徑

JVD

Jeannine van der Linden Thu 28 Sep 2017

Coworking and Ouishare have been flirting with each other for years now. Our values are aligned if not idenrical and the overlap is great. I think it's time we went on a date. We can hold hands over the Freelancer's week, take a walk on the boardwalk, maybe win a teddybear at Coworking Europe.

Freelancers are only a part if coworking but they are an important part. I would really love to connect with the do-ers of Ouishare and start to connect up your projects and make new ones with coworking.

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Francesca Fri 29 Sep 2017

Great initiative Bernie! Do you have a more specific ask apart from checking out the links you shared for people who want to get involved?

AB

Alexandre Bigot-Verdier Fri 29 Sep 2017

I support this exploration of the future of work. As I am not a freelancer right now, I won't take an active part, but I am very curious about what it will lead to!

BJM

Bernie J Mitchell started a proposal Thu 19 Oct 2017

Should We Form An Active Partnership With European Coworking Assembly To Support Freelancers & Coworking Spaces? Closed Fri 3 Nov 2017

Outcome
by Bernie J Mitchell Wed 8 Nov 2017

Brothers and Sisters of OuiShare

The votes are in and we are now in an alliance with European Coworking Assembly

What does this look like?
1. This week it is collaborating on Bar Camp workshops and the closing party at Coworking Europe.
(See Picture below)

  1. Going forward we鈥檒l be looking to connect with freelancers who work in Coworking spaces. These people are the community in coworking and voices we need to hear and connect.

We鈥檒l be posting updates on OuiShare Radio and asking questions as we go along.

Want to get involved?
Right now we are ONLY looking to connect with two types of people
A - Freelancers, indie workers, consultants who are based in a Coworking space in Europe
B. People who own or run a Coworking space in Europe
- email me direct Bernie@OuiShare.net

Many thanks for people who voted, commented on the Loomio posts and who connected me directly.

Love Bernie ;-)

OuiShare has been 'formally' invited by the European Coworking Assembly (ECA) to form a partnership to support and explore coworking and freelancing in Europe.

Right now I am looking to be able to say yes!
And then we can work this out over time.
The deadline for this proposal is two weeks

At the time of writing this Loomio proposal, I would hope the outcome would be for people who work as freelancers, consultants and independent workers in Europe to become more connected and able to support each other.

Most coworking spaces which are interested or are members of the ECA are independently owned coworking spaces.
Many of these owners are known to OuiShare or have attended OuiShare Fest or OuiShare Drinks.

One frequent response that comes up from spaces is:

"We got in touch with someone at OuiShare and never heard anything back."

I would hope this is something we can change together.

European Coworking Assembly here - https://goo.gl/3J2Lhh

Other info

1. The OuiShare London team are co-organising the closing party with 400+ participants at https://coworkingeurope.net/ on the 10th Nov in Dublin together with the Coworking Assembly and Copass.

See the event here https://goo.gl/w6xyyv

2. There are also GREAT comments to consider on this last public Loomio coworking post here https://goo.gl/hCLq1T

3. If you are already acting, thinking, doing, organising conversations around coworking & Freelancing get in touch with me!
Bernie@ouishare.net or join "OuiShare Freelancer Warriors" slack group here: https://goo.gl/L9QHpF

Links for of our friends in coworking:
European Coworking Assembly - https://goo.gl/3J2Lhh
Coworking Europe - https://coworkingeurope.net/
Copass Camp - https://goo.gl/JLRCsD
Included.co - https://included.co/
DeskMag - http://www.deskmag.com/
Coworkies - http://coworkies.com/

P.S. I will follow up by with everyone to get a response!

Please ask questions and leave comments below.

See the event here https://goo.gl/w6xyyv

Love Bernie

Results
Agree - 27
Abstain - 1
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
28 people have voted (28%)
BJM

Bernie J Mitchell
Agree
Thu 19 Oct 2017

Better together!

EE-

Ehab Elia - Ouishare
Agree
Thu 19 Oct 2017

M

Marie
Agree
Thu 19 Oct 2017

AJ

Amanda Jansen
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

MT

Marco Torregrossa
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

EG

Elena Giroli
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

LH

Luc铆a Hern谩ndez
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

LT

Luis Tamayo
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

AL

Antonin L茅onard
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

Great !

AL

Agathe Lehel
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

EM

Eva Miguelez
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

AK

Auli K眉tt
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

TD

Thomas D枚nnebrink
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

AM

Alex M茅zard
Agree
Sat 21 Oct 2017

C

Chris
Agree
Sun 22 Oct 2017

S

Stephane
Agree
Sun 22 Oct 2017

10 RUE DE PENTHIEVRE

BT

Benjamin Tincq
Agree
Sun 22 Oct 2017

CC

Camille Chapuis
Agree
Sun 22 Oct 2017

MH

Manel Heredero Sun 22 Oct 2017

Hey Bernie! What exactly do you mean by getting active with the "European Coworking Assembly to find ways to connect people, projects and coworking spaces in and around the OuiShare Universe"?

BJM

Bernie J Mitchell Sun 22 Oct 2017

This is the right Loomio post for connectors to vote on Manel - https://goo.gl/gGAn8g ;-)

We are doing things like this: https://goo.gl/B6og7L

And the rest is long the lines of what Jeannine said:

Coworking and Ouishare have been flirting with each other for years now. Our values are aligned if not idenrical and the overlap is great. I think it's time we went on a date.

We can hold hands over the Freelancer's week, take a walk on the boardwalk, maybe win a teddybear at Coworking Europe.Freelancers are only a part if coworking but they are an important part.

I would really love to connect with the do-ers of Ouishare and start to connect up your projects and make new ones with coworking.

Have a remarkable day

Bernie J Mitchell
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Francesca Mon 23 Oct 2017

hey @berniejmitchell , I fully support this idea in general, but a few more details would be great. When you say formal partnership, what does it include? What is expected from us, and will you be the contact managing the partnership? It's a little hard for me to vote when the engagement is not exactly clear :).

AC

Albert Ca帽igueral Mon 23 Oct 2017

@berniejmitchell same question as @francesca . I like the idea and the world of coworking, coliving, etc... yet what's the proposed beyond crossparticipation & crosspromotion in events, media posts, etc.?

HV

H茅l猫ne Vuaroqueaux
Agree
Mon 23 Oct 2017

AK

Auli K眉tt Mon 23 Oct 2017

I have the impression that Bernie is hoping to sort out the details after getting a general approval from the community. The idea is awesome, but yes, when talking about legal and practical issues:

  • is it OuiShare UK that's going to manage the paperwork (when/if we get there), and thus taking the main responsibility for running this relationship? (cc @elenagiroli)
  • I think we should have a committed but rotating team on this, not just one person, before building up very big plans
  • and last but not least, any ideas on how to make it a financed project? I'm thinking EU funds, sponsors, ...

There's also RGCS, a workgroup on collaborative spaces, they're sort of coordinating or aggregating academic efforts on this across Europe, would it be interesting for us to work with them somehow?

AK

Auli K眉tt
Agree
Mon 23 Oct 2017

provided that OuiShare UK + a team of people take responsibility of keeping this going (see my comment on the main thread)

JVD

Jeannine van der Linden Mon 23 Oct 2017

I am for the notion of having team involvement; the Assembly is a more formal group than is Ouishare and for structural kinds of parternships I will have to get approval. That said, I raised the possibility at our last general meeting recently and the response was overwhelmingly positive -- and really just as here, was mostly a request for some concrete outlines for the relationship.

Plan is to have some discussion about that at the Coworking Europe Conference, when most of the Assembly will be physically present and not distracted.

I do think that coworking generally needs to turn outwards much more than we do; our focus has been inwards as a community for a long time but it is high time we changed that. So not, what is coworking, but what place does coworking have in the sharing economy, in the startup culture, in the freelance movement? What is our role in the future of work?

@francesca thank you for that link, we are aware of a group of researchers, some of whom are regulars at Cowroking Europe. and have been trying to give some form to that area as well as it is surely time. That was for me a very helpful link in that.

Your field of view is broader than ours, we are about a tiny piece. But we do know a lot about that tiny piece. I think I would liek very much if we could serve as the (or a, I am not particularly territorial :-) ) coworking arm of Ouishare, as it were. .

J

Jef-b
Abstain
Mon 23 Oct 2017

M

Maud
Agree
Tue 24 Oct 2017

DW

David Weingartner
Agree
Tue 24 Oct 2017

Cool! Thanks for bringing this up Bernie!

SE

Sarah Eisenmann
Agree
Wed 25 Oct 2017

MW

Martin Werlen
Agree
Tue 31 Oct 2017

LVR

Lenneke van Rossum Tue 31 Oct 2017

As we're all redefining 'work' I think it's wise to empower each other. As you know I'm all about connection :)
As a first practical step, Seats2meet definitely wants to facilitate OuiShare events as much as we can. If there are people organizing OuiShare events I can connect them with relevant locations and the S2M ecosystem of freelancers, entrepreneurs, etc. Just let me know :)

KMG

Katia Morales Gait谩n
Agree
Wed 1 Nov 2017

LD

Louis David
Agree
Thu 2 Nov 2017

DU

[deactivated account]
Agree
Thu 2 Nov 2017

DS

Dina Sierralta
Agree
Fri 3 Nov 2017

F

Francesca Tue 27 Feb 2018

@berniejmitchell could you unpin this post, since this event is over? that would be great:)