While in the past, you may have bonded with a cubicle-mate who holds a similar job as you, it’s now possible to befriend someone in an entirely different field who happens to work out of the same coffee shop or co-working space as you each day.
At Trailhead, for instance, Faricy works alongside a wide variety of people. “[There's] a software developer, a writer, I've got insurance agents, I've got real estate agents, I've got people thinking of doing startups.”
Felena Hanson, who founded Hera Hub, the first female-focused international co-working space, seven years ago, agrees that community is everything.
“I think for a lot of people, co-working is the new church” in terms of the social role it plays, Hanson said.
“Most of my members have a really nice place to work at home, frankly,” she continued. “So what's going to drive them to get out of their yoga pants and their comfy home office? Come in and connect with others. So we're community first and space second.”