"Third places" and American innovation


\nOne reason for the vibrancy of American innovation is the proliferation of "third places" - places like the corner coffee lounge - where freelance workers and mobile digerati can meet, greet and socialize in an environment that is neither home nor office. Last week, Dan Fost of the New York Times profiled the newest iteration of the "third place" -- coworking collectives that meet in urban lofts to get work done. As Dan points out, these coworking collectives try to blend the best of both worlds:

"Contemplating his career path a couple of years ago, a young\ncomputer programmer named Brad Neuberg faced a modern predicament. "It\nseemed I could either have a job, which would give me structure and\ncommunity," he said, "or I could be freelance and have freedom and\nindependence. Why couldn’t I have both?"


As someone used to\nhacking out solutions, Mr. Neuberg took action. He created a word —\ncoworking, eliminating the hyphen — and rented space in a building,\nstarting a movement.


While coworking has evolved since Mr.\nNeuberg’s epiphany in 2005, dozens of places around the country and\nincreasingly around the world now offer such arrangements, where\nsomeone sets up an office and rents out desks, creating a community of\npeople who have different jobs but who want to share ideas."

The only catch, of course, is that you don't always have a lot of control who you'll be working next to for the day -- especially for the lofts or other spaces that allow "drop-ins" for the day.


[image: An Internet Co-Working Arrangement]


LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

People who engage in fat-shaming tend to score high in this personality trait

A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.

Mind & Brain
  • The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
  • The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
  • People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
Keep reading Show less

4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.

Moon Landing Apollo
  • Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
  • Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
  • All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
Keep reading Show less

Reigning in brutality - how one man's outrage led to the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions

The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.

Napoleon III at the Battle of Solferino. Painting by Adolphe Yvon. 1861.
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
  • Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
  • Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
Keep reading Show less