It’s seems there is a lot of convergences between the community management of a coworking space and what we used to hear regarding social media online community management.
Iris Kavanagh is community manager at Next Space, a coworking spaces network, located in Santa Cruz in San Francisco :
“I’m like a curator. I know the community of the members very well. I know who they are and what they do. I’m always looking how to foster connection between them”.
The term curator has been coined for the management of museum collections. The last year, however, the word curation was used by social media specialists to describe the process of editing and push informations on digital social platforms, in order to generat more attention from online communities.
It’s interesting to hear the concept of curation used in a coworking context as well.
This likely demonstrates how the growth of coworking communities (offline) is tuned with the today’s expansion of communities online. It likely underlines our modern hunger for more social relationships in general.
“Coworking spaces intend to get rid of the former 50’s born sterile working environments and bring again more humanity in the workspace”, stresses Iris Kavanagh.
Next Space recently raised 425.000 $ in order to develop new spaces in California.