Interview with VillageOne

Clarke Illmatical posted an interview in the VillageOne blog this week [1].

This is a transcript of a conversation we had about coworking and the book.

Check it out.

  1. Clarke Illmatical, What is Coworking and Where is it going? Interview with author Robert McGrath, in VillageOne – Blog. 2019.


‘The Coworking Library’ is on line now

This winter a group based in Europe has booted up The Coworking Library.

This non-profit is an open database of “current and former research about coworking”.  The current database has more than 100 entries, including academic articles, theses, other articles, and books.  There is a basic search function, and many of the items are accessible on-line.

The Coworking Library is curated, but has an open call for submissions, i.e., recommended references.

It’s early days, but this could become a useful resource.

From this side of the Atlantic, the collection is notable for its relatively rich collection of research from European sources.

Of course, you can find What is Coworking? listed. : – )

(And, by the way, there are many references in What Is Coworking? that are not in The Coworking Library yet—so get the book, just for the bibliography!)

One challenge for this database will be how to deal with blogs, wikis, tweets, etc.  Researching my own book, I found that much of what is recorded about coworking (and freelancing) is in these types of sources.  There is relatively little academic research to date, and even the academics are publishing little in conventional journals and conferences.  (I think that in part, that is because the topic is multi-discipline, and partly because it is new enough that reviewers and editors don’t know where to place it.)

Attempting to curate less formal but still valuable digital sources such as blog posts, tweets, and so on, is difficult, but would be really valuable in this case.  For that matter, actually collecting web sites for coworking spaces and organizations would be a very valuable resource, especially if materials can be preserved as sites change and close.

So—check out The Coworking Library (@CowoLibrary)!  And contribute links and citations to make it more complete.

Presentation at PechaKucha (Oct. 5)

[Update December 3:  Videos of the talks are here.]


Next week there will be a (short) presentation from the book “What is Coworking?”

“Coworking as Participatory Theater”

by Robert E. McGrath

as part of

PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Volume 28:
Friday, October 5th Broadway Food Hall Urbana, IL

First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.

Join us for Volume 28, where you’ll hear nine inspiring community members discuss an array of topics in what’s sure to be an informative, fast-paced, and thought-provoking evening.


Friday, October 5th
Broadway Food Hall 401 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Food,  Drink and Music 6:00- 8:00 as part of “Urbana First Fridays” , show to follow at 8:20 pm

Admission: FREE

Check out the global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page,