GCUC Kansas City: Big Ideas We Brought Home

It’s no secret we had a blast at GCUC in Kansas City.

We wanted to share some of the exciting things we packed into our carry ons to bring home.

As always, our number one takeaway was: We’re all in this together. The coworking community is still so young and everyone is very eager to office advice, share successes and failures, and help each other continue to get the word out about what we’re all working to build. None of these spaces are competing directly with each other, they are all competing together for awareness. Classic rising tides, all boats kinda thing.

we’re all in this together

While it’s still young, coworking is growing fast. The very definition of coworking is expanding. We really dug Steve King’s (Emergent Research) talk on Coworking by the Numbers, which tracked the growth of coworking over the last decade.

One of the most interesting areas of growth he explored in this area was in non-traditional coworking environments, especially niches where the high cost of equipment made sharing the expense desirable. Shared kitchens, biolabs, photography and videography, along-side the more traditional “maker spaces” and workshops. It only makes sense that the same qualities that would attract people to shared office space would also apply to the sharing of non-office work environments, but it was interesting to see that played out in stats.

the very definition of coworking is expanding

Single person businesses have grown by 50% in the last ten years. The growth in business over the last ten years is really happening in that arena as well as in business over 10,000 (which showed 90% growth). The implications for our community with that first number are exciting. Now, who’s ready to build a coworking space that can hold 10,000 people?

And our last important takeaway: Kansas City is cool! Some seriously great architecture and design are happening and we had the chance to see and tour some really cool businesses. The GCUC wrap-up party was in a bank that is also an indie art gallery. Pretty neat.

We’re already stoked to see what’s up for next year. Congrats to everyone who organized, volunteered, and spoke.