On Tuesday 8 May we celebrated the first ever National Coworking Day! National Coworking Day encourages people to change the where they work – to think about what they need from a work space to help them thrive. To celebrate The Melting Pot organised an exclusive, collaborative event for our Members and Founder and CEO Claire Carpenter flashed her “Coworking Legend” credentials during her talk at the after party.
The inaugural National Coworking Day saw 40 spaces across 9 Scottish towns and cities open their doors and invite coworking newbies in to work for free. The aim of National Coworking Day is simple: to help everyone in Scotland discover the beauty of coworking. We are no strangers to this goal; for over a decade The Melting Pot has brought inspiration at work to our Members by providing a dynamic, collaborative work space packed with interesting people doing amazing things. TMP has watched the coworking movement take off across the globe, going from a grassroots approach to addressing the needs of small organisations, to the new workplace norm embraced by massive companies with 1000s of employees. We’ve been there from the very start and we’re glad to have supported the first National Coworking Day in Scotland!
The event was organised by Shoal, an Edinburgh-based collaborative providing a network of places to work, from coworking spaces to boats. Shoal’s mission is to grow a platform that encourages entrepreneurs to share their spaces and resources, supporting one-another in their entrepreneurial journey while making coworking and community affordable and accessible to everyone. To help people find a coworking space to visit on National Coworking Day they launched their iOS & Android App.
Not only were there doors open at coworking spaces around the country but one space opened it’s doors for the very first time! Space2B Aberdeen launched on National Coworking Day, welcoming guests to their brand new space. Space2B have been working with our Coworking Accelerator Network for the last 12 months in preparation for their opening, we’re expecting great things for this quality coworking space! Back home in Edinburgh the TMP team stocked up on tea bags and got ready to welcome the dozen people who had registered for our Doors Open Day (as well as our lovely Members, of course).
In the afternoon Claire and Cleo, one of TMP’s Engagement and Events Coordinators, hosted our National Coworking Day Member’s event COLLABORATE. We believe collaboration is central to coworking. Whether it’s in the form of a confidence boosting conversation or a long term partnership on a project, offering to make a round of tea or sharing expertise: collaborative coworking is how our communities become greater than the sum of their parts. At the COLLABORATE event we looked at opportunities for and barriers to collaboration at TMP. The hosting team will be using this insight to develop and build our community. Another win for National Coworking Day!
After a productive day of coworking 150 people gathered together for the evening festivities. A celebration of coworking on a big scale, there was live music, cocktails and social enterprise beer from Brewgooder. We heard from the Founder of, £54m Edinburgh tech company, Freeagent Ed Molyneux on democratising entrepreneurship; Former Enterprise Minister Jim Mather on collaboration over competition; Architect Hazel Pearson on the future of work; and our very own Claire Carpenter on the evolution of coworking. Claire talked about her journey as a social entrepreneur and coworking pioneer driven by her vision of creating a thriving coworking community. In this video Claire tells us why coworking is important:
“Coworking isn’t about it being an office space, it’s about people coming together as a shared resource and harnessing their entrepreneurial drive”
– Claire Carpenter
So National Coworking Day 1.0 was a resounding success! Bringing people together around the country in true coworking fashion. We want to say a big thank you to the team at Shoal for putting everything together and to the Coworking Accelerator Network for supporting the event. We can’t wait to see what National Coworking Day version 2.0 looks like…