Software engineer Brad Neuberg is credited as the person who kicked off not just Coworking Day, but the whole coworking movement itself, when he blogged about the idea on 9th August 2005:
“This week is the first week of coworking, something I am setting up.”
In his blog post, he invited “free spirits” and creators to “come together in community” at the Spiral Muse Coworking Group, “sitting at tables or relaxing on couches as we do our work.”
Thanks to Brad Neuberg’s post, 9th August has become recognised as the day that “coworking” was born, both as a term and a movement.
Coworking Day celebrations are as diverse as the industry itself.
Some coworking spaces mark the occasion, some ignore it, and others are unaware of it altogether.
Some coworking spaces have joined forces to celebrate the occasion together. One of them is Co-mmunity, which has created an entire Coworking Week in San Diego from August 7th to August 11th.
They’ve joined with Hera Hub, DeskHub, Nest Coworking and Launch Center to offer free coworking at each space on designated days of the week.
According to Co-mmunity, the week-long event “celebrates 12 years of coworking, collaboration, and the shared economy.”
But not every coworking space chooses to recognise it.
In a promotional email for San Diego Coworking Week, Co-mmunity stated: “Approximately 5,000 coworking spaces around the world will celebrate Neuberg’s vision as part of International Coworking Day on August 9th.”
If 5,000 spaces do take part, that’s less than half the number of global coworking spaces around the world. Lack of participation is of course down to personal preference, but it’s also blamed on lack of awareness.
“Some spaces and regional alliances get into it, but it’s not widely known,” says Cat Johnson, a content marketer for the coworking sector.
“International Coworking Day has been around since the early days of coworking. There’s not, however, tons of awareness of it or activity around it.”