CowoSlowTourism

Teleworking in the spirit of coworking and (re)learning collaborative modes of consumption through practice and travel

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au Comptoir Numérique 7, Place Maréchal Foch 42000 Saint-Étienne
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Web http://www.comptoir-numerique.fr/
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About the project Edit

Develop a project or specific task in a given time by integrating travel and collaborative consumption as an integral component of the project or task in question.

This concept targets the following groups:

-Nomadic workers
(teleworkers, co-workers, sales and marketing professionals, digital community facilitators, journalists, designers, etc.)
- Associative employees and volunteers (projects, events, road maps, (re)defining associative projects)
-Employees
(project leaders, project coordinators, service directors, etc.)
-Citizens
(consumers, job seekers, artists, musicians, etc.)
-Elected representatives
(working groups, standing committees, preparation of proceedings, etc.)

It can be carried through:

-Independently: individual
-In a grouping: collective
-In a group: structure

Themes

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Work and play have never really gone together, yet nothing is more sustainable than acting willingly rather than by obligation. The idea is to complete a task in a given amount of time (project) by teleworking from “third places,” which through their unique and specific characteristics add creativity and originality to the final product. It is based on existing and emerging concepts such as:
-Coworking: teleworking…but more,
-Slow Tourism: travel and encounters are part of work and the project,
-Collaborative Consumption: do better, with less, be free and sustainable!

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The more a person feels isolated and overwhelmed, the less productive and creative their work will be. The idea of having and encouraging trust in a project rather than in a time sheet is, without a doubt, one of the major social benefits of this concept. The “inevitable” approach of collaborative modes of consumption is a key element of this concept: real encounters, real exchanges of ideas, real discoveries, and real savings (as well).

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Unlimited! There is still work to be done, a budget needed to cover costs—and bridges to build.
-Coworking
-CouchSurfing
-Carsharing
-Carpooling
-The neighbour’s washing machine
-Solidarity grocery stores
-Slow and Eco Tourism
-Etc.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The fact of having done it myself—but without planning to. I would like to explore this approach further and better document it through storytelling, articles, audio, video, photos, etc. I would like to share my experiences such as, 2 years of coworking, 6 months of CouchSurfing, in the hopes of encouraging others to have these experiences through compelling arguments rather than theoretical ones.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

-Funding in person-hours: my employer as an employee, my client as a freelancer, no one as a volunteer
-Funding for travel: by a business’ training budget or in a contract for the provision of services (travel expenses)
-Funding for Coworking: by a business’ training budget or by the expense account for a particular project or assignment
-Financing related to collaborative consumption: offering a daily budget for hotel and restaurant expenses.
For projects considered more “exploratory than productive,” I think that solidarity financing solutions could be complimentary to private financing (Ulule, Babeldoor, etc.)


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