IDEA Handbook

Preorder the ECA IDEA Handbook

Be brave enough to bring your unique self to work every day.

Give others that courage too.

What is the ECA IDEA Handbook?

The European Coworking Assembly (ECA) Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Handbook is a downloadable PDF and audiobook that provides you with the tools to bring IDEA into your organisation, whatever your role.

This book give you what you need to integrate IDEA principles into every aspect of your coworking space including clear definitions, in-depth analysis, definitions, case studies, resources, and how-to’s. So you can feel secure in the choices you make for your community.

Who is it for?

Coworking is founded on five key values: community, openness, sustainability, collaboration, and accessibility. A firm framework based on IDEA principles creates coworking communities that free people to bring their unique selves to work every day.
Whatever size your organisation may be  – freelancer to enterprise level business – or your role within it – owner to dog-walker – you can make a difference in making the people you deal with every day from all walks of life feel included, and this handbook shows you how.

The ECA IDEA Handbook is an additional resource along with Cowork Tools, enabling freelancers, small businesses, and medium businesses to grow and do business at a professional level, without having to change the unique personal character that makes them who they are.

The purpose of the handbook

The purpose of this guide is to support you in creating a sense of belonging through inclusion.
To celebrate the uniqueness and energy that comes with diversity.

To drive a feeling of fulfillment through fair and equitable opportunities.
To welcome people freely, regardless of (dis)abilities through easily accessible spaces.

To make your part of the world larger, better, more complete.

Be brave enough to bring your unique self to work every day. Give others that courage too.

Be the first in line when the #ECA_IDEA_Handbook launches in Q1 of 2023.

Pre-order your best option today.

When you preorder your copy, your funds go towards marketing and paying the writer, editors, creative team and marketing team!

Once the book launches, you will receive a download link in your mailbox the day of the launch!

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was €25.99

Pre-order the pdf and get started with your journey towards a more inclusive coworking space, dedicated to your journey.


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was €69.99

This option gets you a pre-order of the PDF version of the handbook, as well as the audio book (once ready for download).

Listening to the handbook on the move will get you to your IDEA destination quicker.


Get the best for your space


was €249.99

Get the audio book, PDF, and a consultation with either Tash Koster-Thomas or Natalie du Toit to ensure your coworking space is IDEA.

Are you a person who wants to use a pen on paper to work through a handbook? Feel it in your hands and leave it in the space? Here’s how you can get one.

We will be printing physical books 10 copies at a time. 

Why 10? 

Well, in independent coworking, 10 is considered a magic number. It represents the number of people you need to have ready to sign on the dotted line and commit to a new coworking space. We wanted to carry this idea over into the printing of our handbook, so we will be printing 10 copies at a time.

Add your name for a hardcopy

We will notify you when the next cohort of physical books is ready to be printed and shipped. This means that there will be a waiting period between the time that you add your name to the list and when the books are printed, as we launch a new group with every 10 books.

A word from Jeannine van der Linden, Director of the European Coworking Assembly

“The work of bringing equity to our economic ecosystem is work that is never done. It is a continuous process of review and thoughtful action in a moving and changing environment, and so never can be done. There is never a moment when we can point at our work or anyone else’s and say: it is well done and complete.
“The process of making this book might have begun with a listening tour by the European Coworking Assembly in coworking spaces across Europe to discuss the state of our communities. It may have begun earlier than that, when we started presenting workshops and collaborative sessions at Coworking Europe and other Coworking conferences on what was back then called “Radical Inclusion”.  
“This work calls from us less canniness and more great-heartedness. We have been supported along the way to this book by many people and organisations who were also doing the work, sometimes with us and sometimes alongside us.”

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