The year is 50 Before Jesus Christ. All Gaul is occupied by the Romans… All? ¡No! One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders, and life is not easy for the garrisons of Roman legionaries in the reduced camps of Babaorum, Acuarium, Laudanum, and Petibonum…
So tear all Asterix stories I read in my childhood. And why put up with the Romans? By the magic potion invented and prepared by their druid. But was this the reality? Well it was just a tale. They took the magic potion and come to herd the Romans.
But who would believe that? Nobody!!! It is just a tale!!!
What we could see on the tales was the time of preparation of the magic potion. And the huge feasts that stood in the village gala.
I think the magic potion did not really exist. And if there was, it was not the real cause of the success of the village gala. And not only me but the creator of the tales neither did believe it.
He did reflect this many tales later. When he wrote “The Weeds”. In this tale there is a repulsive man that wherever he goes sows discord and he nearly succeeds on making the gaul village fall down. Is this perhaps the tale that best reflects the reality of people behaviour. And is that people not only have their positive side , but also exists a dark side, with their (our) fears, and faults. We need to relate to each other, but not always relationships are easy.
I think, like Gosciny does, that the real magic potion on the gaul village was the good feeling that existed among the Gauls. And this good feeling was fostered by the wonderful and funny feasts that made it know each other thoroughly. They knew they could trust each other and how far they could complement and collaborate with each other. In such a way that the addition of 1 + 1 was not 2 but much more than 2, and if you add 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1…
On the year 50 all Gaul was occupied by the invader. Gaul was in crisis. We are not any more in the year 50 before Christ. We are on the year 2012, and we are in another crisis.
We are in the era of crisis… and new technologies, and the opportunities arising from the crisis. And on this environment collaboration, the small teams, specialists, do know very well what they do. They lean on each other and coordinate with other specialized profesionnals to ellaborate a more efficient, effective and brilliant work. Internet helps people complement. But these these same professionals are the first to realize that not everything is on the Internet. That the world is real and not virtual. That the real success is in the perfect balance balance between the real and the virtual. These professionals, who may be communicating over the Internet do to meet each other in the real world much more. Much more of course than those who are far from new technologies with very low expectations and see no reason not even to meet each other.
And that is the reason that there are events related to new technologies almost every day of the year.
And a twist in this regard is the creation of villages, as the Gaulish village of Asterix and Obelix. In there the profesionnals are working side by side and manage to reach far beyond that what they get the people who meet occasionally.
These kind of villages are called coworking places. These spaces are trying to meet the needs in 2012. That is, the need to share ideas to support each other and to do it in a low cost formula.
I would say there are two kinds of coworking spaces. Those who provide you space and that is all the service they provide. In this case the initiative to interact more or less depends exclusively on the coworkers attitude. There are other coworking places that promote more interactivity among coworkers through a variety of leisure and cultural activities, those trying to somehow channel the addition effect as much as possible, and that this happens from a free and natural reaction of the coworkers.
Some will say that the coworking sure is not as idylic as it is showed. And they are right. Within these areas there are people trying to get out of the crisis, and at certain times some friction arise. But there is nothing like leaving the village, and realize in few minutes that maybe it is not an idyllic situation but it seems the best option to get ahead in times of crisis.
¿How to choose the right coworking space?. There are many factors, but I would recommend it that you take notice of the schedule of activities, whether these are often, if they are creative and original and if the degree of involvement of coworkers is high. If this happens, then you have found the ideal coworking place.
If that is what you are looking for, I wish you luck in your search. I know one that works very well.
This post in Spanish: La verdadera poción mágica consiste en colaborar. Co-working