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space and wired coffee pots
But to make this really work, you have to think about the shaping of space, the role of place. And for the source of inspiration, Iíve gone back to Peter Brook, the famous director of the Royal Shakespearian Company. I want to read you a quote from him, which again is a evocative quote for me personally which has shaped an awful lot of my thinking in the last couple of years now.
ďIn order for something of quality to take place, an empty space has to be created. An empty space makes it possible for a new phenomenon to come to life for anything that touches on content, meaning, expression, language, and music can exist only if the experience is fresh and new. However no fresh and new experience is possible if there isnít a pure, virgin space ready to receive it.Ē [Peter Brook]And in fact you take that, and now add to it: how do you take it to something like this, and then think about architecting a work-scape, a place that actually brings the physical, the social, and the informational spaces into a kind of creative tension and alignment. Because the challenge for all the people in this room, is not just information, itís not just social, and itís not just physical for a few designers, I donít think there are any architects here, But itís a question of how you bring these three things together, in a way that it actually creates virgin space.
Wired coffee pots
One of the things we did.
These are sociological facts, we wired the coffee pots to the internet.
Which meant that any time that anyone created a fresh pot of coffee that
signal went up on the net. Anyone on that floor would know that a fresh
pot of coffee was being brewed. They would come streaming out of their
office doors from various parts of the building so that they could come
and get a fresh pot of coffee, and would of course collide in front of
the coffee pot. And so this signaling mechanism actually brought people
of different disciplines together, because usually the coffee pot was in
one particular area of the building where one discipline would of course
be camped out so to speak. And this was a first step.
|Books and videos on storytelling
*** In Good Company : How Social Capital Makes Organizations Work
by Don Cohen, Laurence Prusak (February 2001) Harvard Business School Press
*** The Social Life of Information, by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid
(February 2000) Harvard Business School Press
*** The Springboard : How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations
by Stephen Denning (October 2000) Butterworth-Heinemann
*** The Art of Possibility, a video with Ben and Ros Zander : Groh Publications (February 2001)
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