Happy to have left the world of the company, Juliette, journalist, was faced with the difficulties of working alone at home. His solution: a place where freelancers benefit from the emulation of the group while maintaining their independence. She tells.
For a long time, I worked in my office-laundry-guest room. In the morning, I closed the door on my private life, asked to remain wisely on the other side. Not easy for my 4 year old daughter, as for girlfriends, who called to chat during their RTT days. Scalded by my former life as an employee, I thought it was the price to pay for my freedom. Over time, I began to doubt, to no longer know how to define myself socially. In difficult times, I watched my press card, to make sure I was not just a "housewife", as my baker seems to believe. After six years of solo work, when some are in full divorce with the company, I seek to find the best, the pace, the exchange ... while maintaining my sacrosanct independence. Impossible mission? That's when I hear about La Cantine (Lacantine.org), "a collaborative place for digital actors", where events, coffee space and ... coworking mix. At first sight, an open space with a bar and sofas where you can land at any time, under the arm, to work alongside other people. Between home and work, this "third place" (The "third place", as defined by the American sociologist Ray Oldenburg, in The Great Good Place - De Capo Press, 1999). allows the emergence of a new way of working, solo but networked. I send a reservation e-mail ... A minute later, Nathanael Sorin-Richez, coordinator of the place, reminds me. For ten euros, my place is reserved. Half anxious, half curious, I hang up and note on my agenda: Tuesday, coworking at La Cantine.
Tuesday, I'm at the table
Under the glass roof of the Passage des Panoramas, in Paris, IIe arrondissement, I see through the window long tables where faces are lightened by the screens of laptops. I pay my ticket at the bar and go to an oval table at the bottom of the ground floor. I feel a little awkward. What are the uses of coworking? Should we say hello to the township? How to link conversation? Two people tapping on their PC ... Others will join us over the morning. An unexpected article to write urgently, I'm afraid I can not concentrate. Very quickly, my doubts disappear. Stimulated by the clatter of keyboards, I am more productive than ever, the ambient energy galvanizes me.I enjoy the calm of mid-day to introduce myself to my neighbor. Sociologist of the association Silicon Sentier (association that created and manages La Cantine: siliconsentier, org.), Dilara Trupia is interested in coworking, "a movement that grows worldwide". For her, the advent of digital culture is shaking up the traditional hierarchies of work organization, which "is no longer defined by a place, but as an activity". I feel less alone, I have found someone to talk to.
Thursday, I explore space
This morning, La Cantine is unrecognizable, coworkers coworkers have disappeared. I am all destabilized. Microphones, seats in rows of onions, stage, video projector, the place, crowded, is in full excitement ... The press conference of a politician is about to start, but I am pointed out a room upstairs. Phew! I am tempted to listen to the lecture, but I have some work to do. Another time ... I climbed the spiral staircase and discovered a room bathed in a zenith light. When I come down for lunch, I have the impression of having dreamed: everything has resumed its place. Already, other coworkers are seated. "In twenty minutes, one completely transforms the structure of the place, explains me Paul Richardet, project manager in Silicon Sentier having participated in the birth of La Cantine." Before, it was offices divided into a multitude of cells, he continues.Today, it is a malleable place, without partitions.This organization of the space was designed to encourage very different people to appropriate the places and to meet. "