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 February 2022, 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 methodological toolbox is made up of 4 items :

  • the "Rural Coworking Guide - Tips for the successful creation of a rural coworking space", aims to help organizations and individuals navigate through the creation and development of coworking spaces, as well as to build a community of coworkers. It includes lots of good advice regarding, for example, the essentials steps in the creation of a space in the rural environment, management models, business models and space management.
  • a full and detailed report of the visited coworking spaces during partners’meetings. The document, entitled “CoLabora – Case Studies of Coworking Spaces, summarizes all the learning from the sites visits to coworking spaces regarding economic viability, strategic location, physical design, layout of spaces, services provided, staffing arrangements, functioning and technology.
  • a toolbox dedicated to community builders in order they improve their practices of networking among the community of coworkers.
  • a training toolkit that gives the community builder the opportunity to:
              - Understand the meaning of the sharing economy and the philosophy of coworking,
              - Explore the objectives of a community manager and associated staff,
              - Understand the skills, knowledge and experience required to carry out this role. 

    The toolkit includes 4 modules of training:
    1.    Introduction – the philosophy of coworking and the role of the community manager and associated staff.
    2.    Membership management: tools to help create and promote the community space.
    3.    Community building and animation: tools to help engage and motivate your coworking community.
    4.    Space / service management – best practice.

    Discover all these documents in the download section, at the bottom of this webpage.

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. Find here the seven items that make up our methodological toolbox dedicated to the success of coworking spaces in rural areas.

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