Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark is the co-author of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media with Tracy Van Slyke. She directs the Future of Public Media project at American University's Center for Social Media.

Recent Articles

Coworkers of the World, Unite!

The always-on, perpetual freelance culture of Web 2.0 has spawned its own "coworking" spaces, but are these new techno-optimists building sustainable communities?

When the Founding Fathers ratified life, liberty and happiness, they might not have quite envisioned Independents Hall. Low-pitched techno music echoes from the high ceilings of a loft-like office on Philadelphia's Strawberry Street. A smattering of 20-something guys (and occasionally women) sit intent at laptops resting on black-and-silver Ikea tables, occasionally stopping for a smoke, or to share info about software or gear. Under a side table, a box of Transformers action figures awaits a fidgety moment. Upstairs, sofas and a shower anticipate a late-night crash. Just blocks away from its famous namesake, Independents Hall is one of more than a dozen new "coworking" spaces that have popped up around the country in recent months. For $25 a day (or $175 a month for a three day a week commitment), you can drop into the space, use the wireless, meet with clients in the small glassed-in conference room, and, often, find folks to grab a drink with afterward. The feel is part dorm lounge...