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Collaborative Work Spaces - Part 1


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How do our work spaces impact our productivity? How can we enhance collaboration within (and across) geographically dispersed teams? This presentation merely poses these questions, provides some links to further information on the topics, and serves as a leaping-off point for discussion.

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Collaborative Work Spaces - Part 1

  1. 1. Collaborative Work Spaces
  2. 2. WORK
  4. 4. Synthesis <ul><li>We’re not creating something from nothing. Rather, we’re combining existing ideas, patterns and concepts in pursuit of solutions to specific problems. </li></ul><ul><li>To do this, we leverage existing bodies of knowledge – across industries, institutions, and individuals. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>CONCENTRATION vs COLLABORATION Different phases of the creative process benefit from different environments. Periods of individual focus, as well as periods of team interaction, are both necessary.
  6. 6. <ul><li>Offices need the sort of social milieu that Jane Jacobs found on the sidewalks of the West Village.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Malcolm Gladwell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designs For Working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>“
  7. 7. PROXIMITY <ul><li>Thomas Allen of MIT is considered one of the progenitors of modern office design. In a ten-year study of engineers in R&D labs, Allen found that Proximity matters: People interact most with those located close to them; people seated more than seventy-five feet apart rarely interact at all. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. R E M O T E <ul><li>What if you’re 2000 miles away from the people you’re working with? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>We are connected by networks of computers, devices, and documents </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>But are we truly connected? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>What’s the online equivalent of running into someone in the corridor or break room? </li></ul>
  12. 12. ? <ul><li>How can we create opportunities, within our normal work routine, to leave trails of activity, and enable serendipitous connections, which enable knowledge transfer, collaboration, and relationship building? </li></ul>