Coworking is a social, collaborative, interactive working atmosphere in a shared space.

Coworking is a reinvention of working lifestyles that reflects the changes in the business world. Especially with the rising tide of independent businesspeople doing project-driven work (vs. hierarchy-driven structures.)

There are now 2,000 coworking spaces around the world, where entrepreneurs, freelancers and other independent workers choose to come and go, share ideas and insights, hang out and hunker down, while they do their own work. Stratford’s 3rdRail Society is one of the newest.

Coworking venues are typically re-purposed commercial or industrial space where the norms of office décor and conformity need not apply. But coworkers are serious about being productive and doing meaningful work.

Our space on the second floor of Stratford’s historic train station is pretty cool, though we could locate just about anywhere. For the freelancers and independent businesses at the 3rdRail Society, it’s about the mix of people, expertise and interaction more than the walls and floor. (Though you’ll see that we’re having fun with those too.)


Coworking is now a worldwide social workstyle phenomenon. And the 3rdRail Society is bringing this alternative to Stratford freelancers and independent businesses. Here’s how a coworking wiki describes the movement:

The idea is simple: independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking answers the question that so many face when working from home: “Why isn’t this as fun as I thought it would be?” Beyond just creating better places to work, coworking spaces are built around the idea of community-building and sustainability. Coworking spaces agree to uphold the values set forth by the movement’s founders: collaboration, community, sustainability, openness, and accessibility. Read all about it on this wiki or via the Coworking Google Group.
You can also find a starting point for coworking information at

Be sure to look over our monthly rates for space at separate desks, workspace clusters and the communal worktable. You can see the floor layout here. If the concept of coworking appeals to you, you’re looking for more interaction in your work life, and you think your business is compatible with other ‘creative class’ professionals, get in touch and let’s talk.