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2017 International Coworking Day

Today, August 9 2017, is International Coworking Day.

Brad Neuberg started the first coworking space back in 2005. He wrote a blog post describing the benefits:

Traditionally, society forces us to choose between working at home for ourselves or working at an office for a company. If we work at a traditional 9 to 5 company job, we get community and structure, but lose freedom and the ability to control our own lives. If we work for ourselves at home, we gain independence but suffer loneliness and bad habits from not being surrounded by a work community.

Coworking is a solution to this problem. In coworking, independent writers, programmers, and creators come together in community a few days a week. Coworking provides the “office of a traditional corporate job, but in a very unique way.

The early members of that space talked about the benefits in this video:

Now, in 2017, more than 1 million people will work from a coworking space.

Want to join an awesome coworking space in downtown Vernon, BC? Check us out!

11 Incredible Coworking Statistics

Remote working in the Okanagan

My family and I moved to Vernon, BC in 2012. I’d been working as a Product Manager for an Edmonton-based software startup, and had convinced them to let me work remotely.

One of my first objectives after arriving in Vernon was to connect with like-minded locals who also worked in the technology sector. I was leaving a thriving technology scene in Edmonton, and was worried that I’d become rusty without good community.

What I found surprised me: world-class software developers, designers, creatives, and business people living right in Vernon. This eventually lead to a bunch of us deciding to rent an office, and work together.

That became Cowork Vernon.

What started as a small group of 4 original founders has grown to 10 regular members. Our main suite has high ceilings, large windows with lots of natural light, a small kitchen (with fridges, microwave, and sink), a soundbooth, and a comfy couch. We also have a separate private office for private phone calls, meetings, and audio recording.

Why do I remote work from Vernon?

There are many reasons!

First, it’s a beautiful place to live; it’s the hidden gem of the Okanagan. Most people drive through and don’t realize how many beautiful spots are around Vernon. The lakes, beaches, mountains, and natural areas around here are amazing.

Second, Vernon is a great place to raise a family. My wife and I have 4 kids, and we’d talked to people who were raising their kids here and loved it.

Third: recreation! Our whole family skis. We can be from our house to the lift at Silver Star in about 20 minutes. That’s incredible. There are very few places in North America where you can do that. We also love going to the beach, swimming, and hiking. There are great options for all of those things, all less than 15 minutes away.

Fourth: I really like the actual city of Vernon. I think it has lots of potential. It’s a good size, not too spread out. I bike to the coworking office most days. If you live in East Hill, or other communities around the city center, there are a lot of places that are within walking distance.

Interested in trying coworking?

Our address is 3000-30th Street, Vernon BC (right by Marten Brewpub). We don’t currently accept drop-ins (but please fill out our survey if you’re interested). You can email us at info@coworkvernon.com or find us on Twitter: @coworkvernon.

Cheers,
Justin Jackson
@mijiustin

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One year of coworking in Vernon, BC

“Coworking is about making the choice to work along side other people instead of in isolation.” – Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance

Cowork Vernon recently celebrated it’s one year anniversary. In August 2014, we met at 3000-30 Ave in a space that looked like this:

Original co-working space in Vernon, BC - best in the Okanagan!

We’ve come a long way! Here’s what we accomplished this past year:

  • We welcomed 10 new members.
  • We built a sound booth in a former bank vault.
  • We rented an additional private office / meeting room across the hall.
  • We filled the candy machine 12 times.
  • We built a kitchen: sink, counter, fridge, Aeropress, Italian coffee maker.
  • We painted!
  • We added 9 desks, 7 additional monitors, 2 couches, and 1 love seat.
  • We had 19 “words of the day”
  • Went for 56 Friday lunches.

Cowork Vernon was started by four locals who wanted a collaborative workspace downtown: Morgan, Justin, Marco, and Steve.

We’ve just signed our second year lease. We’re excited about the future of coworking in Vernon!