Collective officing hits the mainstream

9 May

The Boomer generation was the “me” generation, whereas the current X generation in the workforce seems to be adept at forming “me and we” alternatives. The loneliness and alienation of “me” is producing models of interaction that honor both “me “and “we” . Hence, the New York Times Thursday Styles piece on May 5th, “Office Party? Let’s Tweet It” is a delightful read on the subject.

Hat’s off! (is that phrase dated?) to Studiomates and its likenesses. As it turns out, we just may need each other after all.

“The move to co-working is a move from a culture of me to a culture of we,” said Rachel Botsman, the author of “What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. “People are looking to express their individualism but want to do it in a more social way. They’ve experienced how to do that virtually on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. Now they’re looking for that face-to-face interaction.”


2 Responses to “Collective officing hits the mainstream”

  1. Le Pook May 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Great read. Thanks for sharing

    • scialle June 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      Thanks. I thought it was very inspiring too! Nice to see that people are not totally satisfied with technological alone-ness. There needs to be a balance.

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