While coworking spaces are dramatically increasing in numbers across the world, Dallas is dramatically changing the game of the coworking culture itself.
Cowork It Out was originally conceptualized by Justin Nygren, co-founder of The Grove in Downtown Dallas, and it is a program that works from the inside-out. The idea is simple: bring the coworking community together to encourage the collaborative spirit of the movement. However, this is not merely an exclusive event meant for those that already embrace coworking. Nygren understands that there are some who are timid of the environment, small business owners and entrepreneurs who don’t have the funds to fit coworking into their budget, and those that have no idea what the movement is about.
To address these issues, Cowork It Out is designed to not only foster collaboration between other like-minded spaces, but also with the city as a whole. As a result, the individual events are hosted in public spaces that serve to encourage chance interactions, with a view to developing useful collaboration outside of the walls of designated coworking spaces. The past two events were held at Klyde Warren Park as part of the park’s one year anniversary celebrations, and at Union Coffee, a caused-based coffee shop near SMU which shares its profits with local non-profits. Cowork It Out works through the values of collaboration, knowledge sharing, intentional conversations, and encouraging community.
This month, Cowork It Out is a collaboration between The Grove, Friends of Fair Park, and Kairos. At the time of this writing, other partners include The Common Desk, Cultivar Coffee, Urban Blend Coffee and Chef Rhonda Sweet of Sweetmoses Brands. This month’s event will be held in the Cotton Bowl’s Press Box from 1pm until 5pm on Friday, January 31st, 2014. For more information, visit the event’s Meetup page or send an email email@example.com.