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How To Create An Open Office That Is More Awesome For Both Introverts And Extroverts

How To Create An Open Office That Is More Awesome For Both Introverts And Extroverts | Social Design | Scoop.it
Open office layouts can suck--but they don't have to. In part two of our office design series senior editor Anjali Mullany talks with workplace...
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Death Of The Office: What Happens When The Workspace Is Mobile, On-Demand And All About Networking

Death Of The Office: What Happens When The Workspace Is Mobile, On-Demand And All About Networking | Social Design | Scoop.it
"Everyone knows the legend that innovation starts in a garage, but sooner or later we all grow up and need a place to work.” That’s what IDEO’s Tom Kelley said in his 2001 book, The Art of Innovation, and today it applies to an even greater, and growing,...
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Herman Miller: "Technology needs to be like air"

Herman Miller: "Technology needs to be like air" | Social Design | Scoop.it
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Chris Hacker of Herman Miller spoke at the 2013 Worktech Conference and shared a quote that was repeated ad nauseum at the event: "Technology needs to be like air."  

 

He meant that in the new work place, the tehcnologies that we use will not feel separate from us, but will be as seamlessly integrated into the way we work as the air we breath.  It sounds a bit scary at first (breathing what now?) but it seems that for Herman Miller, this means taking down the barriers that technology sets up between us and our ultimate aims.

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From the war room to the library, o+a architects define the new work spaces

From the war room to the library, o+a architects define the new work spaces | Social Design | Scoop.it
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o+a architects, designers of many of SF's preeminent tech offices, spoke at the Worktech conference and shared the way they categorize the spaces within the offices they design.  

 

They have taken things well beyond the simple "open plan," and have identified 10 unique spaces each with its own characteristics:

 

1)Shelter: cabanas, semi-private spaces that you can duck into

2)Individual Areas: as they sound

3)Think-Tanks: like phone booths or conference rooms

4)Town Hall: the gathering place

5)Workshops: the respite from digital work

6)Library: the quiet area

7)War Room:

8)Living Room

9)Studios: high tables, between work stations

10)Anywhere: make hallways active

 

http://www.o-plus-a.com/

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7 Platforms for Collaborative Creation for the Post-Industrial Age

7 Platforms for Collaborative Creation for the Post-Industrial Age | Social Design | Scoop.it
Reining in the maker movement, or what 3-D printed bikinis have to do with adjustable-height dog dishes.

In general, we espouse a less-is
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Solène Crea's curator insight, September 8, 2014 9:03 AM

COLLABORATION time!

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The Rise of the New Groupthink

The Rise of the New Groupthink | Social Design | Scoop.it
Collaboration is in. But it may not be conducive to creativity.
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"Our offices should encourage casual, cafe-style interactions, but allow people to disappear into personalized, private spaces when they want to be alone. "

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Tech entrepreneurs revive communal living

Tech entrepreneurs revive communal living | Social Design | Scoop.it
Jessy Kate Schingler left her job at NASA, moved to San Francisco, and helped turn a 7,500-square-foot, eight-bedroom mansion near Alamo Square into a creatives' residence called the Embassy.
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"Software will eat the world," says founder of Breather

"Software will eat the world," says founder of Breather | Social Design | Scoop.it
Access beautiful private spaces so you can meet, work, or rest. Launching soon on a limited basis in select cities.
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Julien Smith, Founder of Breather, claims that "software will eath the world"...And he just might be right.

 

His app lets people book beautiful spaces and then use their phones as keys.

 

A the Worktech conference, he shared his ominous insights about software's ravenous appetite.

 

All industries WILL be transformed, he said, even if its not legal.

 

What will the transformation look like?  He called it the "great unbundling" in which value is served in smaller and smaller pieces, much like how the album was reduced into 99-cent tracks.

 

And how are we to make sure we're on the right side of this rapid transformation?  Julien suggested thinking about how you would destroy your industry, how you would subvert it...because thats what software will eventually do.

 

His last advice: make things frictionless, easy, and have them fit into your customers' existing lives...and you just may have the next app with a fully stomach.

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D.School wisdom: Open the windows

D.School wisdom: Open the windows | Social Design | Scoop.it

At the recent Worktech Conference, two professors from Stanford's D.School shared 4 easy, high-impact ways for people to immediately change their work environments for the better.

 

These four concepts are 1) Orientation, 2) Posture, 3) Surface and 4) Ambiance.

 

The concepts were so simple, so elementary that it would be easy to dismiss them as meaningless.  For example, they explained how they were faced with a stuffy, stodgy environment and they wanted people to interact...so they opened the windows and put on music.  I don't think it takes a Stanford degree to pull that off!

 

But I think that was exactly their point: that these ridiculously simple things that anyone can implement (which way you angle your desk; what material the table is made out of) can have a signigicant impact on the way we interact with each other.  

 

As representatives from Stanford's d.school, these speakers gave significance to the simple but impactful ideas that don't cost any money and actually get people to interact.  In fact, they played music during their talk and had us collaborate with the person seated next to us...making their session the most vibrant and interactive of the day.

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Coworking is on the rise

Coworking is on the rise | Social Design | Scoop.it

Worktech, the conference dedicated to work, workplace, technology and innovaiton, presented a strong case for coworking spaces.  The hosts (and founders of NextSpace) dropped these stats to kick off the event:

 

-The average work space costs a company $7,000-$16,000 per employee per year

-...and yet, 50% - 60% of the time, those seats are empty.

-There is a growing army of remote workers.  Now there are 1.5 million and growing strong.

 

Where will the workers of the future work?  Are we all destined to work at home in our sweats? or will we find a way to gather outside of the corporate office?

 

The speakers at Worktech seemed confident that working from home was not the final answer, but the ultimate solution has yet to emerge.

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How Saya Hillman turned getting laid off into the best thing that ever happened to her career

How Saya Hillman turned getting laid off into the best thing that ever happened to her career | Social Design | Scoop.it
Saya Hillman, founder of Chicago's Mac 'n Cheese Productions By Meghan Keedy Saya Hillman throws a great party.
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4 Reasons Why The Future Of Capitalism Is Homegrown, Small Scale, And Independent

4 Reasons Why The Future Of Capitalism Is Homegrown, Small Scale, And Independent | Social Design | Scoop.it
This new system Bruce Nussbaum writes isn't just about startups and venture capitalists it's based on a community of makers.
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Solène Crea's curator insight, September 8, 2014 9:05 AM

A manifesto for Indie Capitalism

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Why Square Designed Its New Offices To Work Like A City

Why Square Designed Its New Offices To Work Like A City | Social Design | Scoop.it
Maybe all our offices should have major avenues and a town square.
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I love the comment: "“Scaling culture” is a perennial challenge for a growing startup. By hiring someone dedicated to the task, and by embedding the values of its culture in its design across multiple offices, Square seems to be pulling it off."  How interesting that they aren't talking about an HR person... this is all about design.

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