In my latest slideshare from my latest presentation from mid-May, I added two Hashtags in one of the landing slides at the ending, illustrating two network-ventures I co-organize, related to the changing face of work. Meaning: Work Where You Want. Work When You Want. Yes. In the light of the reblogging I did on Godin's "Goodbye to the Office", I now start by blogging some series of posts inspired by the slides I shared on my presentation. (Note - inspired by the slides. They only share the core of the message I shared live. See the comment I added to the slides.)
Changing face of work? Yes - Social Media Club is a network with people who meet offline to share ideas, thoughts, experiences and knowledge on what's going on with us online - the social web. I am coordinating SMC Östergötland and also sit in the Interim Board with @AndersSporring and Thomas @Selig for SMC Sweden - Chapter Support Association - @smcswe. No doubt the Net has made it possible for us to restructure our everydayness profoundly.
As said - we don't need that office as we knew it.
But still - as Seth pointed out. We need somewhere to go. That's where Lasso Network steps in. We're a local network who want to create the co-working place in our dreams - a place boiling with life energy and creativity! Entrepreneurship all flavours - cultural, sustainability, societal. In one spot. Flexible Working Place, Inspiring Meeting Place and an Energetic Cultural Scene - in one place.
As said - we still need a place to go, where we actually WANT to work.
I'll keep you updated on this blog with the developments with these ventures I am a part of co-organizing.
The Hereworking Vocabulary
In the mean time - me, Anders Sporring and Johan Lange had a little Facebook Microforum chat session that took its departure from my GF's coining of the term "soffice" - Sofa Office. That's the place she run her business Nailmail from - at home. And at the social web, yes. Of course. Place and Space.
A reference of pioneering thoughts in this space is of course Teo Härén of Interesting.org, who wrote the book "Härarbeta" - Hereworking - work where you do your best.
So here we go - in chronoalphabetical order, as a result of our virtual triple located brainstorming session. I. e. the terms as I remember them, maybe in order they came up in the session, or in no particular order at all ;). Structure is for cowards :P. I begin with some early predecessors, and share our new suggestions, and end up with a little brain storming session, taking the departure from the places I actually HAVE worked from, looking back, in retrospect :).
- Hoffice - Home Office
- Moffice - Mobile Office
- Soffice - Sofa Office
- Koffice - Kitchen Office
- Baoffice - Balcony Office
- Goffice - Garden Office
- Boffice - Bed Office
- Coffice - Café Office
As I remember, that's how far we got, that time.
Now, let's see if I can continue with some others, as I write/storm my brain...
...possible and frequent spots to actually do some - work! Believe it or not.
- Troffice - Train Office
- Stoffice - Station Office
- Roffice - Restaurant Office
- Loffice - Library Office
And now I seek for a collected name for all those hub working and co-working spaces popping up everywhere. The Hub, the future Lasso etc. They are "work-spaces", arent they? But, not "offices as we know it". Majority of freelancers and free agents, just sharing a physical space - where they work the best and thus want to be :).
We need to differ.
So - let's try out.
- Woffice - Work-space Office?
You tell :).
Yes! You tell!
Do add your convo to it, with your feedback, response and new suggestions, either here in comments section on the blog, or in the stream of the blog link share on Twitter or Facebook. Let's get this movement rolling! I will keep this blog post updated with new suggestions coming in!
And in a last note - no wonder geo-tagging services have a rush in popularity given this "changing face of work". Where augmented reality is the latest adding - finding your place to work where you are, through WorkSnug!
Where do you work today?
New answers to that question -
- Poffice - Patio Office (Added June 24 - via @AndersSporring - source)
- Voffice - Veranda Office (Added June 30 - inspired by @jocke - source)
- Toffice - Terrace Office (Added June 30 - via @JohanLange - source)
UPDATE (21June-01:50): Changed Toffice to Troffice. Made more sense.
UPDATE (21June-15:46): Added "New answers... -" headline, list of new workspace terms crowdsourced.