In his Connectivity Conference, Matthew Lesniak, the cofounder of Conscious Coliving, introduced us to his concept of CASIAGO. This comes after Forbes wrote about a newer model of coliving, which he thought was unsatisfactory and misses out on a lot of components.
What shall make Coliving Innovative?
Matthew seems to suggest that we may be able to attract a lot of customers for conscious coliving , but that is not enough. The success of coliving rests not in how many people are coming in, but how many are willing to stay. With the “new” model this would not be a possibility. So, he led us to this concept that shall be elaborated below:
Although coliving spaces exist in a bulk, very little effort is being put on bringing the community together, which was meant to be the core purpose of coliving. Soon, companies will start training professionals to ensure that.
Coliving serves no benefit if it is not affordable. In fact, given the current range of prices, people would definitely prefer the individualistic lifestyle, as it is cheaper but you own all your facilities.
Coliving spaces need to be scaled adequately according to the number of people you are accommodating. If you have 500 rooms, but very few kitchens and a small park, it would be of no good.
While community involvement holds great importance in coliving, an adequate amount of privacy also needs to be ensured. With the current paradigm, people do not feel that they have enough privacy.
Government municipalities have not been exposed enough to the advantages of coliving. As a result, they do not contribute of facilitate the organizations in coliving business enough. Consequently, they become unsustainable.
Matthew Lesniak believes that experts and the government need to discuss the social value and benefits of coliving, which in turn will make the government fund and cooperate more with the cause. This will lead to a faster, more productive, and more effective design strategies to facilitate coliving, and enhancing the benefits it carries with it.
Another problem with the current coliving paradigm is that it rests largely on the “renting system”, where an individual does not have the security of owning a property. Furthermore, most communities may not provide some additional benefits like voting rights and a say in how the community should further progress. This will lead to insecurity and a lack of commitment to coliving for individuals.