The technological revolution increasingly changes the way people work, live with each other and deal with time and space. Due to modern information technologies, labor becomes flexible and independent from place. The working nomad is born as the classic dividing line between work and home gets blurred. This has led to the emergence of co-working — “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 talented people in the same space”. Call it a new type of colleagues, but then different. All kinds of co-working clubs pop up, for instance the Nightowls, a late night co-working platform for creative professionals with events held in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Melbourne and Tel Aviv.
“In the dead of the night, the city skyline is punctuated with lit windows. We like to think they’re people sitting in their apartments working on their side project or big idea. (…) When everyone you know is in bed, you’re hunched over your laptop. There are too few hours in the day and too many things you want to do.”
The Nightowls are a weekly meet-up of hard-working people with just too much to do for the standard 9 to 5 lifestyle: “the late night, social workaholics, creative beings who tire of the Starbucks scene or lonely home office”. For that reason the co-working platform only operates during night time (9 PM till 3 AM in the case of New York). Fantastic idea. The industrial time-spatial model of work erodes, so why the hell stick with classic office hours when you’re a night animal? The last New York Nightowls meet-up took place last Tuesday at co-working venue New Work City. Check out the website(s) to RSVP for the next event in case you’re interested to join the club.