This podcast is a must-listen for anyone into coworking or community development. We welcome back Ashley Proctor of Coworking Canada as shares her journey and how coworking spaces have evolved over the past 20 years. In 2004, she designed her first coworking community with students at OCAD. It was more of a collaborative space back then since coworking wasn’t even a term yet.
They’ll also discuss the big changes of the last decade, like the pandemic and the death of George Floyd, and how they’ve highlighted the importance of connecting and building communities. They’ll also touch on remote working, social justice, and environmental issues that have pushed us to take action together.
Ashley views coworking as more than just renting space – it’s about building inclusive communities and taking care of everyone. She emphasizes the importance of being part of the conversation, especially during this socially charged time.
She also highlights how coworking can have a significant impact on the economy and make a real difference. Lastly, she mentions the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the need for coworking spaces to contribute to the transition away from fossil fuels.
Ultimately, coworking is a powerful force for change, and Ashley believes it can truly make a difference in the world.