Changing the way we work together.

CoLabora is an European cooperation project dealing with coworking in rural areas. Coworking spaces can contribute to rural areas’ development. This new model of places designed for professionals offers them an opportunity to efficiently work where they choose to live, without the need to move away from their rural environment.

Coworking helps maintain the working population in rural areas as well as it encourages new people, keen to a better quality of life, to move in.  Coworking spaces offer digital and technical tools, support to entrepreneurs and a collaborative network of professionals which contribute to stimulate each one’s economic activity. Given these expected positive impacts for rural areas, seven European partners decided to pool their competences and experiences, and work together to help each other to go further in the development of coworking on their respective area.

What are the objectives of the project?

While encouraging coworking on their territory, the partners pursue the following objectives :

  • To stimulate economic development and innovation in rural areas.
  • To attract new inhabitants coming from cities in order to improve their quality of life.
  • To retain people (especially young people) and activities in rural areas.
  • To attract new coworkers in existing coworking spaces.
  • To improve the quality of life for inhabitants, including balance between professional and personal life, new services providing.
How can CoLabora help me?

From November 2018 to December 2020, partners carry out study trips and collaborative work in order to create a methodological toolbox designed to raise awareness of the benefits of coworking in rural areas and enable anybody interested in setting up and running coworking spaces. The English version of this toolbox is available on this webpage. It has been translated in each partner’s language. In this toolbox, you will find information, feedback, examples of practices, tools about : 

  • Raising awareness about coworking in rural areas : explain the coworking concept and disseminate its benefits and the opportunities that it can generate in rural communities.
  • Good practices within coworking practices (as well as practices that you should avoid) in order to create step by step a coworking space and develop it.
  • Training community builders who play a key rôle in the creation and the networking of coworkers.
  • Stimulating networking among coworkers and between coworking spaces.

The European Coworking Network involves volunteer coworking spaces located on each CoLabora partner’s area.

It gives the opportunity to the coworkers using one of the coworking spaces of the network to enjoy several working days in another coworking space for free.

The network aims to facilitate and boost coworkers’ mobility. It is a chance to travel across six European rural regions while being sure to be warmly welcome in a place that offers professional facilities as well as social and cultural activities.

On a professional aspect, this can be a way to meet new collaborators, new clients and findnew outlets, or just be able to send emails while being on holidays! In any case, coworkers-travelers will find a friendly place which will allow them to meet locals, participate to social and cultural activities and discover the region in a different way.

The coworking spaces members of the network are all located in small cities in the countryside. Discover beautiful landscapes and charming villages, experiment local way-of-life and taste culinary specialities while enjoying professional infrastructures and connecting with the coworkers’ community.

Scroll down and discover your next coworking destination! Look up to the guide we have created : it lists and presents the coworking spaces where you can go as well as the booking conditions.

How is the project funded?

The funding opportunity offered by the Leader programme under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) enabled us to realize our ambition.

See where we are located. CoLabora gathers seven Local Action Groups (LAG) across the European Union, all located in rural areas .

LAG pays de Guéret
Cowocat Rural
Donegal Local Development Company
LAG Pieriga Partnership
LAG Zied Zeme
LAG Leipziger Muldenland
Vale of Glamorgan Council

Meet our project partners. Download the toolkit in the language you prefer by clicking on the partner logo's.

Consorci Intercomarcal d'Iniciatives Socioeconòmiques

Donegal Local Development Company

LAG Leipziger Muldenland

LAG Pieriga Partnership

LAG Zied Zeme

LAG pays de Guéret

LAG pays de Guéret

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Our sponsors. The funding opportunity offered by the Leader programme under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) enabled us to realize our ambition.

Our toolkit

Download our toolkit. The English version of the toolkit is available to download from this webpage. It has also been translated in each partner’s language. To download the toolkit in the language you prefer, please follow the partners’ web link in the above section.

European Coworking Network. Download the PDF document to see where the members are located.