Shared Office Space Is The New Renaissance

via Harvard Business Journal

Shared workspaces have been on the rise in recent years, from small startups to Google’s campuses around the world. This idea, while seemingly trendy, isn’t new. The Renaissance is well known for it’s convergence of ideas and the bloom of creativity that emerged from the time period, and facilitating this explosion of ideas was the idea of communal workspaces.

Artists, scientists, craftsmen, and the patrons who paid them all met in these cooperative spaces fostering and growing their respective crafts. Workshops such as these gave rise to legendary timeless artists and the eponymous renaissance men such as Leonardo DiVinci, who started working side by side with others at a workshop run by fellow innovator Andrea del Verrocchio. Everyone benefited from various aspects of these workshops, like sharing ideas. With so many ambitious minds working so closely not only were ideas turned into action, they started a dialogue between the minds, encouraging new ideas and in the process changing the world. They also combined wildly different disciplines, merging science and art and facilitating new styles of architecture and technology. The result of communal working changed the world forever.

Similarly, today’s communal workspaces attempt to innovate and ambitiously try to change the world through sharing ideas and supporting creativity. Workville, a coworking space located in Manhattan, is a prime example of this innovative type of workspace. Located in the heart of a city known for the mix of people and ideas, Workville fosters this same creativity and ambition. Clients lease an office alongside others, in a beautiful and inspirational space overlooking the legendary city. This close proximity to people who may be completely unrelated in goals or career could potentially lead to innovative breakthroughs. It’s modern and luxurious, inspiring creators and thinkers from across the city.

The position of muse is filled as well, as the offices are located on the 21st floor, and includes a terrace to inspire the best ideas someone can muster. The space offers a stability which may be what pushes brilliant minds over the edge. Starting a dialogue with a diverse group of thinkers leads to eureka moments, which could be the next big thing, or even change the world.

Shared workspaces may have kickstarted one of the most productive and innovative ages of all time, and may very easily do so again. Various viewpoints can solve problems and can be the tipping point for the big ideas people have been waiting for, and the stability of a singular working space can force people to stop procrastinating and finally get to work on the next big thing.