Coworking Manifesto

Manifesto is a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. In 2012, a group of coworking activists started formulating a public manifesto that summarizes the views and commitments of the coworking community. It was initiated by Karim SY as a public wiki page on coworking.org and was developed further by Matthias Wiemann a year later. Matthias started a website, called coworkingmanifesto, where people can give their signature as an agreement to the manifesto. The purpose of this manifesto is to help spread the word about coworking and its benefits. Check out the content of the manifesto below. Do you agree with it?


We believe that society is facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. We also believe that new innovations are the key to turning these challenges into opportunities to improve our communities and our planet.


Coworking is redefining the way we do work. Inspired by the participatory culture of the open source movement and the empowering nature of IT, we are building a more sustainable future. We are a group of connected individuals and small businesses creating an economy of innovation and creativity in our communities and worldwide. We envision a new economic engine composed of collaboration and community, in contrast to the silos and secrecy of the 19th/20th century economy.


We have the talent. We just need to work together. Different environments need to overlap, to connect and to interact in order to transform our culture. In order to create a sustainable community based on trust, we value:

  • collaboration over competition
  • community over agendas
  • participation over observation
  • doing over saying
  • friendship over formality
  • boldness over assurance
  • learning over expertise
  • people over personalities
  • “value ecosystem” over “value chain”

This new economy cannot thrive without engaging the larger business, creative, entrepreneurial, governmental, non-governmental and technical communities together.


We believe that innovation breeds innovation. We will transform the world culture into one supportive of the entrepreneurial spirit, of risk-taking, of pioneering into the unknown territories as the great leaders of our times. This requires education, entrepreneurship and a large network of creative workspaces.

We are reshaping the economy and the society through social entrepreneurship and innovation. Our communities are coming together to rebuild more human scale, networked, and sustainable economies to build a better world.

We are the world coworking movement!

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