If you’re not yet familiar with coworking, here’s a simple Wikipedia article to keep you up to speed. Here’s a quote from the article:
Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with people who value working in the same place alongside each other.
Coworking sounds like an appealing solution to people who are not as fond of isolation as some are, but affords the individual the chance to work independently, anyway. Coworking spaces exist in order to provide independent, work-at-home people the chance to work and, if eventually inclined, interact with other people. In fact, there are lists, such as this one, talking about how great it would be to consider working in coworking spaces. Just look at lists – there are a lot of benefits in coworking spaces. Here’s a quote from an article called What’s the Top Benefit of Co-Working Spaces by Rameet Chawla:
A great co-working space is a collection of minds inspired by the brand that brought them together. As a member, you benefit from the brand that creates the space, the ethos it aspires to, and the people it attracts. Not only can a great space provide great ideas, but the association could also lend credibility to your otherwise unknown startup.
So how does that fit the general theme of this site? How do coworking spaces and medieval castles fit together neatly?
Well, imagine coworking in these kinds of places:
Castles can be excellent, effective coworking spaces. Coworking, of course, used in a broader sense here. Individuals who engage in coworking spaces can meet people who have the same interests, share the same insights, and the same beliefs. With castles, it can possibly attract a more specific demographic. We’re talking about writers and artists of all persuasions, of course, and castles can provide an excellent venue for them to perform their work. Have you noticed how there are writing retreats held in relatively isolated, relaxed, or picturesque venues? Castles have their own charm, of course, and since artists have the tendency to relish their isolation, castles – cavernous as they are, designed to be huge and overwhelming – can serve a dual purpose: coworking spaces and writing retreat. Artists, especially, can benefit from castles and working in them. One can isolate oneself in one area of the castle, and when one wishes to converse with or work with others, one can move to a designated area in the castle and be with others.
This just speaks about the wonderful versatility of the castle. As well, you can enjoy nice views, and since a lot of castles have historical significance and are located near rustic towns, you can also enjoy the culture.
So keep that in mind. Would you like to have a castle as a coworking space and a writing retreat?