Ditch the office — How shared work spaces are nurturing creativity and innovation
“Work” is changing.
Work the verb – the job we do in return for a paycheck.
And work the noun – the place we go to do that work.
It’s all changing.
“When we tell our grandkids we commuted more than a few minutes to an office and back every single day, they’re going to look at us like we’re absolutely crazy; like we took a horse-and-buggy to work,” said Jerad Stack, a serial entrepreneur and proprietor of the Durlacher coworking space in Laramie.
We live in an environment where we are constantly connected at the touch of a button, and yet more and more isolated. That environment creates less need for traditional office spaces and the high overhead cost that comes with them, and yet an even greater need for opportunities to collaborate and network with others.
Similarly, inventors wanting to make a prototype or entrepreneurs with physical products to make have been limited by the tools and equipment they can afford and the space they have available.
Hence, the rise of coworking and makerspaces across the country and in Wyoming, breaking down those barriers to the creativity and collaboration that fuel innovation and economy.
In coworking spaces, techy entrepreneurs with a love for the outdoors can ditch the traffic and congestion of big-city life and set up shop right in their own neighborhood, minutes from the mountains.
In makerspaces, inventors with big ideas can stay or relocate here and grow their products and companies from within the state.
For the complete story and links to co-working spaces across the state, click here.