Color me exhausted…but in the best possible way! Yesterday was the first annual Coworking UnConference in Austin, Texas, and it was one of the most inspiring/fun/educational events I’ve ever attended.
The UnConference brought together coworking space owners, wanna-be catalysts, coworking space members, and people who are simply passionate about collaboration from all over the WORLD!
Aside from two opening talks by Tony Bacigalupo of New Work City, Don Ball of CoCO, and Iris Kavanaugh of NextSpace and a closing panel on the “Future of Coworking” featuring representatives from inside and outside the coworking industry, the entire UnConference was powered entirely by the attendees.
Twelve different breakout sessions were crowd-sourced by the group, and then we all split up to discuss the topics that interested us the most! I chose to attend “Coworking: Not Just For Nerds Anymore,” “Coworking and Regional Food Trading Systems,” and “Coworking and Collaborative Consumption.”
These group discussions were illuminating and demonstrated the myriad of ways that coworking can overlap and complement other independent solutions to problems in our personal and professional lives, as well as the larger society.
After the closing panel, it was time to party! The conference organizers arranged a DEE-LICIOUS dinner of authentic Texas BBQ on the rooftop of the Hangar Lounge, where we had a bird’s eye view of the city.
By the end of the day, my face hurt from so much smiling and laughing, and my brain hurt from being surrounded by so much brilliance. Can’t wait for next year…you coming?