Are urban co-workings so passe and rural co-workings the way to go? The co-working community has found interest in small cities and rural towns in the last few years. Even the small rural communities have a diverse economic life and sharing the co-working space with graphic designers, musicians, web developers or small business owners of all ages become a normal part of rural life. Are the needs of rural entrepreneurs different to needs of urban entrepreneurs? No, work space, fast internet, printer, coffee and good ambiance of a place is what every entrepreneur needs.
Mutinerie village (France)
There are a few interesting rural co-working and co-living spaces in Europe. One of my favorite is Mutinerie Village near Paris. They provide co-working space, accommodation in beautiful french style rural house, food of their own production and social activities. In December WordPress course for public take place in their house.
Casa Netural (Italy)
The other interesting concept is Casa Netural in Italy, near Matera. It provides a co-living and co-working space. Casa Netural offers programme for one week, in which guests meet the local community, explore the territory and have a possibility to debate, share their thoughts and network with the members of community. The co-working space is open for the community 3 days per week.
Sende is a rural co-working and co-living in Galicia, Spain. The idea of Sende is to create a space where people do not only share food, accommodation and office space but also build relationships and work on ideas together. In June they came up with idea of Project Writing Meetup and intercambio and had success. In February the team of Sende and 4 entrepreneurs are moving to southern part of Spain to work on their new startup. Good luck, guys!
It’s not standard that each rural co-working provides accommodation. So, if you decide to travel or just spend holidays while working check out the local co-workings first! The good source is a Deskmag web reporting on co-working spaces and co-working community itself, or Copass that based their database of co-workings on their need: co-working on-the-go. So, it’s up to everyone’s taste, urban or rural co-working.