Connection, trust and safety: co-working and COVID-19

At the heart of any co-working environment is the idea that it can do much more than provide a hotspot and a hot coffee.

The best ones ask: Can we build a great like-minded community?

In the COVID-19 context, thriving co-working spaces are finding ways in which the design of their spaces can help people connect – and reconnect. And they’re working out how to go a step further to make these connections high value, all the while supporting people’s wellbeing and overall feeling of safety.

You need a place where you can say Oh my gosh! That’s so good!’ You need that energy.”

Industry trailblazer, CEO and Founder of The Great Room Jaelle Ang, calls it the quest for a modern agora’, which enables people to adapt to the fast-changing world we live in. 

If we need to move at a fast pace, we need to be in a learning environment,” she observes. And the office needs to allow you to do that.”

Host and Senior Design Strategist Pamela Jouwena joined Jaelle Ang at The Great Room Raffles Arcade for a conversation exploring the evolution of co-working to meaningfully connect the virtual and physical experiences – and how they’ve gone beyond simply providing flexibility to being places of resilience that people can trust, at a time when it’s needed the most.

In the future, it won’t be called co-working’ - it will just be working,’ Jaelle adds. This will be the way we work.” 

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Season 2, Episode 2


Pamela Jouwena, Senior Design Strategist


Jaelle Ang, CEO and Founder, The Great Room


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Feeling like this is a community that I want to be in’…is a big component in chasing away that loneliness that (people) feel. So we also want to maintain that because it’s more important than ever.”

Jaelle Ang

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