What is Coliving?
"The beauty of coliving is that you have a private life and a community life, but only the amount of each one that you want".
In recent years, we have witnessed the transition of our capitalist economy to a new era. The use of information technologies and the collaborative economy (based on collaboration between peers without the need for intermediaries) are changing the way we relate to each other.
However, there is an industry that has remained static before all this: housing. A space with a lot of influence on our quality of life and that seems to maintain an individual sense. Or at least, until now.
What is Coliving?
Coliving is any shared housing space that improves the quality of life of its residents.
The community nature of this type of housing implies the grouping of resources and life in close proximity. And that unlocks a wide variety of benefits for its residents. Such as: comfort, affordability and a greater sense of social belonging.
In that sense, coliving is not only a housing model, but a restructuring of the social fabric. A possible solution to the migration crisis that cities are experiencing in all parts of the world.
The coliving and the true Shared economy are manifestations of the cultural changes that are underway. Millennials, the largest consumer demographic group today, have a different spirit when it comes to consumerism. In short, we believe in access, not ownership.
Today, people value experiences about material possessions. And this is giving way to a service-based economy.
Where does the Coliving come from?
While coliving can be seen as something new, in a way it is the opposite. Coliving is nothing more than the natural extension of our history as a social species. Since the beginning of our civilization, humans have lived in communities united for countless reasons, including survival, efficiency and affiliation.
What is recent is the individualization of our homes, due to industrialization, which has made us forget the meaning of a community life. Nowadays, the coliving movement seeks to recover a concept that has existed for millennia with the use of technologies.
Types of Coliving?
Coliving as a shared housing model has a very wide range of implementations that vary in time, scale and budget issues.
At one end of the range, we could say, is the commune. A model where the members of the group share not only the space and the different services, but many times their income. In this approach, self-management is greater and is considered with longer time periods.
Towards the other extreme are the service operators, as The Collective, Common or Covive. Where the inhabitants pay a monthly contribution and a company administers the different services in exchange for a commission. In this scheme, the management is outsourced and the terms tend to be shorter. What allows people to enjoy greater flexibility and comfort during their stay.
In any case, what all the models have in common is a greater use of resources. By sharing everything that does not need to be private and a greater sense of social belonging, by living in greater contact with your neighbors.