Today I learned the term coworking. According to the coworking Web site the term means:
...a movement to create a community of cafe-like collaboration spaces for developers, writers and independents.
I've been familiar with the idea of friends in local communities sharing workspaces for a number of years. I just hadn't heard it called coworking before today. I don't know the official history of coworking but I suppose it came about due to the growing number of independent workers/freelancers/consultants/contractors. Working on your own is great but is also sucks when you're by yourself all the time. Banding together with other independent workers allows you have an office space of sorts and interact with similar folks. Here's short video of Eddie Codel (Hat Factory) and Sean Savage (PariSoMa) talking about their experience running two coworking spots, followed by a map of some coworking locations in Tennessee.
After watching the video I went to the coworking community blog and looked for coworking spots in Tennessee. It looks like there's one near Chattanooga and one in Brentwood. If anyone is familiar with either of these spots I'd love to talk to you. Hit me up by posting a comment on this entry. Here's a map of the two TN spots. You can press the link just beneath the map to see all the coworking spots as tagged from the coworking community blog.
View coworking spaces in a larger map