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Space as an Actor in Innovation (Presentation)


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Space as an Actor in Innovation (Presentation)

  1. 1. “There’s a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat. That’s crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘Wow,” and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.” - Steve Jobs Innovation Space Heather Blanchard, The American University of Paris May 15, 2012Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  2. 2. Research Question ✤ How do space and landscape provide tangible (i.e. shared resources) and intangible (i.e. sense of community) benefits for entrepreneurs? ✤ What are the benefits of these spaces? ✤ What are the environmental condition of these spaces? ✤ Is communal working and co-creation necessary (or not) for innovation?Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  3. 3. Background ✤ Brad Neuberg, San Francisco Co-Working Space ✤ Fiscal Model (Members, Sponsorship, Govt, Private Sector, Public-Private Partnership) ✤ Member Model (Co-Working, Incubator, Maker, Hackerspace)Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  4. 4. Participant Observation La Cantine // Paris The Hub // Brussels DojoBoost // ParisDojoBoost: Hub: Hub: Cantine: Cantine Photo:, May 15, 2012
  5. 5. Learning Theory ✤ Process Architect (Horgen, Joroff, Porter and Schon, 1999) ✤ Learning Theory: Tacit Knowledge; Unconscious Transfer; Learning (Schephers and van den Berg; 2007) ✤ Experiential Learning (Kolb, 1984) ✤ Mediated Experience, Relation of Two (Land, 1967)Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  6. 6. Sense of Community ✤ Antisocial Inclusion (Forlano, Yale Law) ✤ Creationism vs. Optimization (La Cantine Interview) ✤ Contrived Culture (Pixar)Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  7. 7. Power Dynamics ✤ Framing; Circulation (Lury; 2006) ✤ Only the organization can change (Management Theory, Peter Drucker ) ✤ Adhocracy is adaptive. Its generated from its environment. (Schepers and van den Berg, 2007) ✤ Building from the ground up; Opt-In (Gelfer, space owner) ✤ Challenge: Hidden power structures (Penn, Desyllas & Vaughn, 1997)Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  8. 8. Private SectorTuesday, May 15, 2012
  9. 9. Results ✤ Production (still) is social convention, greater benefits ✤ Modularity (location agnostic) ✤ Learning, choice, mediation, collaboration ✤ Value: Network, learning, mediated circulationTuesday, May 15, 2012