This story in USA Today called Working out of a “third place“, shows the growing use of cafés as workplaces:
An estimated 30 million Americans, or roughly one-fifth of the nation’s workforce, are part of the so-called Kinko’s generation, employees who spend significant hours each month working outside of a traditional office.
If economics and demographics are similar in Canada, we could assume that there are about 3 million workers out of the office here. I believe that cafés are filling a void that corporate workspaces cannot offer. They attract workers on the road, those wanting to get away from the office, and growing numbers without an office.
A Commons is a notch up from a café. With a Commons, you pay a monthly membership that is the equivalent of meals & snacks for a couple of days at a café. As the Commons become networked, you’ll have more options on the road as well. The Commons movement is growing. I’ve heard that the Innovation Commons, in Toronto, is already full to capacity.