“Sharing can’t exist without a community. But a community doesn’t have to be based on physical proximity or even geographical proximity. Communities can also be built around an idea, a behaviour, an interest, a need, or even basic similarities like age, illness, or sports team allegiance.” These are just a few lines that are taken from Beth Buczynski’s guide to the advantages of sharing, ‘Sharing Is good.’
We can see a sudden change in the mindset of business leaders in other sections of society regarding sharing. Those people who earlier considered sharing a useless act, are now themselves taking a step forward when it comes to sharing.
Sharing Is Not New; We Do It In Our Daily Lives Without Noticing It
Sharing is a concept that has not popped out of somewhere. Instead, it’s a never-ending process, and most of us do it every day without noticing it. What is sharing? Does it mean giving a part or whole of anything that you have to others? No, sharing is an act where you provide access to things that are in your possession to others so that they can fulfil their need through it.
Sharing is an inclusive term, and if you look closely, even animals share a lot of things daily in their lives with other animals. There is a term called ‘Symbiotic Relationship.’ It says that animals have a tendency to help other animals of different kinds and gets help from that animal in return. Let us take an example of Ox and Birds.
The relationship between an Ox and a bird is very famous and can be used as the perfect example of a Symbiotic Relationship. Ox let birds sit on their backs to let them eat insects, and in return, it gets its body free from all those insects.
What if an Ox would have refused to let a bird on his back? It would leave that bird hungry and would also leave that Ox in an uneasy condition with insects moving on its body. That is where sharing plays its essential part and benefits all the parties involved in the process.
Other Examples of Sharing
There are many examples of sharing when we share many things with or friends or strangers without even knowing it. The most prominent example of it would be Public Wi-Fi. People living in the nearby area have complete access to public Wi-Fi. It helps them finishing some of the essential tasks in their daily lives; keep themselves updated and whatnot. Another example of sharing could be ‘House on Rent.’ We often share one room with other people. It reduces the burden of cost from our head and also gives shelter to others.
Why Didn’t We Share Earlier?
The answer to this question is both complicated and straightforward. Simple because the mindset of people earlier was much childish where they only wanted to save themselves instead of sharing a thing with others. You can call greediness or their objection to giving their stuff to others.
It is complicated because many other factors forced people not to share anything with others. The factors included Trust, Money, Time, Safety, and various other things.
TRUST: When it comes to sharing, most of us have a problem trusting every other individual with whom we want to share our thing. We can also say that we find it unacceptable to share our belongings with other people because of jealousy, trust, greed, etc. Most of us often find it hard to easily trust a person before giving him or her part or the whole of our thing. Take an example of lending your apartment to some needy person.
The moment you think of it, many things will automatically start running in your mind including, whether that person would take proper care of your apartment, he would daily maintain it and keep it healthy and clean, whether he won’t stuff that is prohibited in that area and many other things. These thoughts will always move inside your mind and would hamper your decision of sharing your apartment with others.
Connections: Another essential factor that hampers your decision of sharing your belongings with other people is your connection with them. By association, it does not mean your relationship or something like that; it merely means connecting your vibes with that person. The moment you realize that a person with whom you wanted to share is not of your type or there are many dissimilarities between both of you, there are very high chances that you won’t share your belonging with that person.
Safety: Safety is another crucial aspect when it comes to sharing your stuff with other people. Why would I want to share anything with someone whom I have never met or have never interacted with? It is a human tendency where people generally feel them safe with only those people whom they know or have met earlier. We often set aside ourselves from a stranger when it comes to sharing our belongings.
Consider a case when a stranger comes in front of you and asks your mobile phone. There are 90 per cent chances that you will deny sharing your mobile phone with him considering safety issues. Whereas if someone known to you asks you for your cell phone, you will give him the phone without even thinking of it for the second time.
These things were common in the past, but nowadays, people are happily sharing their belongings with others and even to strangers. There is a drastic change in the mindset of the people when it comes to sharing. The best example of all when it comes to sharing things is of ‘Co-Working Spaces.’
What Are Co-Working Spaces?
For all those, who are not familiar with the concept of Co-Working spaces, here is the short explanation—co-Working Spaces and the opposite of Private Working Spaces. When different individuals working for the same organization, working independently, or even if they are working for various organizations share familiar working places, it is referred to as Co-Working Spaces.
To be more precise, it a place where an individual who is not working for any organization can sit and work with other individuals with the similar professions in a commonplace while sharing all the facilities provided at that place. It creates a positive and professional environment where you can efficiently work with other people from a similar background.
Why Are Co-Working Spaces Preferred These Days?
There are various benefits of Co-Working Spaces apart from sitting with people coming from a similar background.
- Cost-Effective: Co-Working Spaces are cost-effective, i.e., one needs to invest a short amount of his money for choosing Co-Working Places as his workplace. This is because many people share these places that divide the cost among them. Corporates are finding it cost effective.
- Sustainable: Co-Working Place is sustainable in every sense. They depict how various resources can be utilized in the best possible way without any unwanted wastage. The funds are limited, and if Co-Working Places are using them in the best possible manner, then what is even better than that.
- Broad Reach: People from different companies share a commonplace through these Co-Working Places. It makes it easier for firms to launch their product in various sections of markets by taking free advice from the likeminded and professional people in the similar context.
- Competition: A healthy competition is a must for a company’s growth and development. It is what provided by Co-Working Spaces. You get to work beside people coming from a similar kind of business that deals with the same types of products. It will give you a push to develop your product.
- Connections: Co-Working Spaces mainly helps freelancers and individuals who own a start-up. It helps them make new connections that will later help them in better functioning of their start-ups. Making a good connection is always helpful in personal as well as in professional life.
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We have seen how sharing can help us overcome some of our difficulties and could help us create a better environment for us. Co-Working Spaces, in particular, are the best examples of sharing, where people with different families, religions come at a commonplace and work for a common goal.