Coworking Well: Social Design for Learning

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Can we demonstrate that coworking spaces expand human potential?

In these coworking spaces, which interaction design principles nurture excellent, engaging, ethical work?

Research conducted under Dr. Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Talk delivered as part of the 3B Bed and Breakfast's "Fred Series" http://fredtalks.org/

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Coworking Well: Social Design for Learning

  1. 1. COWORKING WELL SOCIAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING VANESSA GENNARELLI @mozzadrella
  2. 2. Hi, I’m Vanessa. I <3 My yoga mat Social learning Community
  3. 3. Let’s talk about... 1 2 3 Coworking Positive Optimum DESIGN PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIENCE
  4. 4. What is COWORKING? 1
  5. 5. BRAD NEUBERG, 2005 SHARED SPACE FOR REMOTE WORKERS
  6. 6. 1,800 SPACES WORLDWIDE
  7. 7. SPACE + VALUES
  8. 8. FULL DISCLOSURE Indyhall WorkBar New Work City Philadelphia Boston New York 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-Now
  9. 9. Was my experience unique? Let’s FIND OUT... 2
  10. 10. RESEARCH QUESTIONS • Can we demonstrate that coworking spaces expand human potential? • In these coworking spaces, which interaction design principles nurture excellent, engaging, ethical work?
  11. 11. RESEARCH DESIGN • 7 interviews with coworking space founders or community managers on the East Coast • 5 site visits • Protocol focused on organizational culture, learning design and governance • Emic coding system (research nerd speak)
  12. 12. But first.... A BIT OF THEORY 3
  13. 13. POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY = HUMANS DON’T SUCK
  14. 14. FLOW! Mihály Csíkszentmihályi • Happiness= complete absorption in a task • Right mix of challenge and mastery
  15. 15. MINDSETS! • Intelligence is not static • How you think about your ability is a better predictor of what you’ll accomplish Carol Dweck
  16. 16. GOOD WORK! Howard Gardner • Good Work = excellent, ethical, engaging • Ethics: determined by the field • Importance of mentorship
  17. 17. 4 FINDINGS!
  18. 18. FINDINGS! • Horizontal sharing / mixing • Differences in recruitment and onboarding • Discipline and governance • Sustainability
  19. 19. RECRUITMENT
  20. 20. SOCIALIZATION & ONBOARDING
  21. 21. SPACE DESIGN
  22. 22. DISCIPLINE • Peer-to-peer or top-down
  23. 23. DISCUSSION • Correlation between emergent culture and low dismissals • Correlation between mixed desks and skills learned • Open question: emergent culture and sustainability
  24. 24. Let’s keep learning... VANESSA GENNARELLI @MOZZADRELLA MOZZADRELLA.ME

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