Collaborative communities are the answer.


New Work Cities works with organizers, hosts, and officials to foster interdependence everywhere.

Join the Collaborative Space Builders Academy!

As you might know by now, I’m on a personal mission to see to it that there is a thriving, accessible, inclusive, awesome coworking space in every city in the world. Not just nice shared workspaces, but truly transformative centers that people know they can go to when they need to make a new friend or get some help growing … Read More


Collabo-tition: Turn your competitors into collaborators and win!

So… you’re starting (or running) a space, and there are others running spaces in your area! How do you treat these other people who are doing similar work to the work you are wanting to do? When you arrive at this place, you have a choice: go the old way, or consider the new way. If you’re willing, I think … Read More


Want help working on your space? Join our Summer Cohorts!

Since moving back to New York a few months ago, I’ve been getting a lay of the land for the coworking scene here. You know what I’ve noticed? There are a lot of spaces… no, really, coworking is everywhere. It’s highly visible. It’s on signs, in windows. It’s the big spaces and it’s funky new startups. But it’s also… just … Read More


Coworking in City Hall? ‘Seoul good!

Today my Badass Friend™ Ashley Proctor posted a photo from a flight she was on, featuring a documentary on coworking that she found on the in-flight entertainment system: …which, unto itself, is just another sign of just how far coworking has come to the mainstream. But wait, there’s more! This isn’t just a puff piece on fancy-looking office rentals. They … Read More


Ever tried hosting and organizing at the same time?

It’s a whole lot of one thing: work. Work prepping the space beforehand, sending out invites, making sure everything’s set, oh hell I forgot to get bags of ice, people will be here any minute. Work during the party. Does everyone have beverages? Is anyone bored? Cups are everywhere. Must tidy. Did anyone go to pick up more ice? What … Read More


Starting a coworking space? Plan to avoid the Red Zone, and save yourself a lot of trouble!

To get a new space open, you need to do probably at least several thousand different things. No matter what you do, you’re not going to get to all of them, and you’re not going to get them all right. It’s amazing how much leeway you get, actually. I realized, having built a business from scratch, just how many things … Read More


Coworking Business Model Template

Hard to believe as it may be, the coworking industry is growing fast without there being a lot of commonly accepted business models for it. On its own, coworking actually doesn’t work all that well as a business, unless you approach it in one of a handful of ways that have proven to be effective. If you rush into building … Read More


Positive Platforms

A concept promoted by the Institute for the Future, Positive Platforms are described as follows: The design of “Positive Platforms” — platforms that not only maximize profits for their owners but also provide dignified and sustainable livelihoods for those who work on them, plus enrich society as a whole — is one of the most urgent tasks we are facing today. – “Design It … Read More


Disconnect to Reconnect: A simple way to rekindle bonds in your community

This is a preview of my Organizer Powerups series! For 6 weeks, I’ll send you an exercise pulled from the Ultimate Coworking Toolkit. If you enjoy what you see below, subscribe here to get the full series! And if you’re looking for resources to help you honor and embody your fullest Self, my partner Amy is creating a series of free resources just for … Read More


Why did NWC close its coworking space, and what’s next? A retrospective.

We closed our coworking space just over a year ago, but people are still asking about why we did. Peter (my partner) and I just didn’t want to keep running a space anymore. We’d been in the business 7+ years and had never managed to turn it into something that was really supporting us more than just getting by, and we … Read More