session 5a. Working in the hybrid city | TMC @ Shanghai World Expo 2010

Speakers: Yan Liu – Xindanwei (China/Netherlands); Andre Pan aka popoever – media entrepreneur (China); Isaac Mao – media entrepreneur (China)

This session is about shifts in how people work in the hybrid city. The old idea(l) of ‘placeless’ telework has been superseded by various creative clusters centering around physical hotspots that might induce synergies. Increasingly, social networks play an important part in the organization of co-working practices of freelancers. The case of co-working community Xindanwei is taken as an example. Here, co-working is more than just sharing physical space together; it’s a new way to connect with other out-of-the-box thinkers and proactive doers, which makes work not only more creative and productive, but also a whole lot more fun for everybody. Are hybrid workspaces the future of work?