Can Coliving Help the World?

Millennials (and some non-millennials!) are predisposed to the idea of sharing in almost all its forms. How far can this sharing go?

Co-living is not a new concept, however, the modern format of co-living in larger buildings and/or multiple locations, is new.

Along with Casa Campus, other ventures such as The Collective, The Student Hotel, Roam or Unsettled are some of the companies offering the most modern and high quality co-living accommodation around the World today.

We are all experimenting and evolving right now; We know our product is what the housing market needs, and that’s why we are growing, but are we maximising it’s full potential?

We know our members find the idea of a community attractive, and we are all keen to re-create this sense of community, however I don’t think it’s enough to say co-living is here to build community. The question is, what type of community do you want to build?

This can not be answered only by those designing and operating the buildings, and it is not likely that the conclusion we come to today is going to be the same conclusion we draw a year from now. To get as close to the right answers as possible, it must be a collaborative effort where as many voices as possible are heard — Feel free to throw any ideas in the comments section below or contact us directly.

There is no right or wrong here, and it is most likely that multiple answers and ideas are correct. However, there is usually a finite amount of resources available, so pursuing all good ideas can be tricky.

Our members are diverse and each person is a unique individual. This is the case when comparing any two people — a woman from Germany to a woman from Australia, or two people within a small village of 70 inhabitants. The point is, no two people are the same, including identical twins (I see you trolls).

We encourage the sharing of unique experiences and perspectives of individuals as we believe it is the best way to open your mind and grow.

Millennials, in general, are much more comfortable with the concept of sharing — take the success of social media, Uber pool and co-working as examples. Where would all of us millennials be without Wikipedia?!

There are a variety of socio-economic reasons why millennials have a higher predisposition to sharing, however, the most obvious reason for this increased propensity to share is that technology has made it easier to do so.

We have gone from physically strapping notes to pigeons to tweeting from a small plastic box we keep in our pockets.. Social behaviours are inevitably going to change as a result of the multitude of technological advance.

Some communities around the World choose to use these differences to create divides and conflict. Data shows that the vast majority of millennials are anti-division — the youth vote in the US and UK for example, voted strongly against the protectionist policies such as Donald Trump’s ‘Wall’ and Brexit.

(Side note, I know there are cool non-millennials out there with all the gadgets and social media pages etc. Chill, we got you. And, FYI — you are highly valued by millennials as you tend to have more life experiences and insights).

As stated at the beginning of the article, millennials (and some non-millennials) are predisposed to the idea of sharing in almost all its forms. Let’s harness that positive predisposition to not only create optimised living environments for our internal communities, but also to affect positive change in this World.

(originally posted August 2017)

Gian Guazzone