While isolation does have it’s perks, it has a huge downside: You lose contact with real people. There’s only so much interaction you can have over skype, IM, email, and other forms of internet communication. Without this crucial human interaction, we start to do interesting things… like inventing and talking to imaginary friends.
How can one work collaboratively with other people, but not be employed by a corporation? The answer: Co-Working.
The Inquirer points us to an interesting post on the new phenomenon of co-working.
Think of co-working as an entrepreneurial version of parallel play, with owners of their own small businesses working side by side in a drop-in place that looks like a coffee cafe, minus the barista, with all the accoutrements of what’s hip: high ceilings, beer fridge, pool table and Internet access.
Co-working is basically taking the best part of working in a collaborative space (human interaction), without a boss and annoying co-workers that you have to work with. And it’s in a pretty ritzy environment, without costing too much for each worker. Very interesting.