‘COWOCAT_RURAL’ – Promoting coworking in rural Catalonia
This inter-territorial cooperation project sought to expand a network of co-working spaces in rural Catalonia and raise awareness of their benefits.
The project promoters thought that rural co-working spaces could stimulate economic activity and help maintain the population in rural areas where abandonment is a real threat. This offers opportunities for professionals who want to work in a collaborative space without the need to move away from a rural environment.
Following a pilot project to set up co-working spaces in rural areas, ten Catalonian LAGs launched a continuation inter-territorial co-operation project to create and expand a network of co-working spaces and further promote this new way of working in rural areas.
14 co-working spaces have been created from 2014 to 2016 .
More than 130 professionals are linked to the co-working spaces.
Small success stories included examples of families staying in a rural area for a holiday while a parent had to connect to their work via a co-working space.