Future University – Edge Zones
February 5, 2013 – 6:47 pm | Comments Off on Future University – Edge Zones

I’ve been thinking a bit about the future of the university, and it seems to me that a new model may be emerging, one that has something of the traditional sanctuary of a place of learning, but that innovatively engages communities, both local and international. There will, of course, have to be those preserves where students and teachers can contemplate their experience and learn together, but there must also be what, for the moment, one might think of as an edge zone where interactions of many kinds might take place.

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Future University – Edge Zones
February 5, 2013 – 6:47 pm | Comments Off on Future University – Edge Zones
Future University – Edge Zones

I’ve been thinking a bit about the future of the university, and it seems to me that a new model may be emerging, one that has something of the traditional sanctuary of a place of learning, but that innovatively engages communities, both local and international. There will, of course, have to be those preserves where students and teachers can contemplate their experience and learn together, but there must also be what, for the moment, one might think of as an edge zone where interactions of many kinds might take place.

NetWork The Future Workplace: Implementation
September 12, 2012 – 3:25 pm | Comments Off on NetWork The Future Workplace: Implementation
NetWork The Future Workplace: Implementation

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NetWork is both the supporting platform and the interconnected infrastructure and settings in which work occurs. Its ultimate purpose is to increase the organization’s ability to carry out its program of work. To achieve this …

NetWork The Future Workplace: Challenges
August 14, 2012 – 9:56 pm | Comments Off on NetWork The Future Workplace: Challenges
NetWork The Future Workplace:  Challenges

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In building and maintaining the NetWork, several challenges must be addressed. They include:
Old definitions of “the workplace”. The workplace is no longer just the office. The paradigm (and its cost structure) must shift from …

NetWork The Future Workplace: Opening the Door
July 24, 2012 – 11:05 pm | One Comment
NetWork The Future Workplace: Opening the Door

The next evolution in workplace design and management is overdue. We propose an approach we’re calling NetWork – one that is broader and more inclusive than the traditional concepts of workplace.
NetWork opens the door to new and powerful ways to support work and the people who perform it.

Where Would You Like to Work Today? – On Demand Workplace Sharing
May 15, 2012 – 2:10 pm | Comments Off on Where Would You Like to Work Today? – On Demand Workplace Sharing
Where Would You Like to Work Today? – On Demand Workplace Sharing

Increasingly mobile workers are looking for opportunities to work together, leverage the resources of social networks, improve their productivity and save money. Shared-space savvy workers realize that different work settings support different work tasks and behaviors and select the best setting to match their current activities. Sometimes having an active energized space is best for creative collaborative work, other times focused work needs a quiet space with minimum distractions. Having the ability to work more intelligently; choosing the best setting and paying for only what you need when you need it, is a significant asset.

Four Fundamentals of Workplace Strategy
March 30, 2012 – 2:26 pm | Comments Off on Four Fundamentals of Workplace Strategy
Four Fundamentals of Workplace Strategy

Organizations should consider each of these fundamentals when thinking about improving their workplace. A successful workplace is an asset and a strategic investment which requires attention and ongoing management.

How do you measure workplace performance? Six ways to jump start improvements.
January 21, 2012 – 7:18 pm | Comments Off on How do you measure workplace performance? Six ways to jump start improvements.
How do you measure workplace performance?  Six ways to jump start improvements.

The physical environment of the workplace must always be considered in parallel with technology and organizational supports. Communications and IT platforms have significant impact on performance. Business policies and procedures make important contributions to effective work practices. A broad workplace culture of innovation is also vital. This complex constellation of work appears to challenge accurate measurement. A comprehensive NetWork platform with integrated workplace supports is required. At Anderson Porter Design we propose six simple and effective ways to begin implementing and measuring lasting performance improvements.

What is the 21st century campus?
January 21, 2012 – 4:35 pm | Comments Off on What is the 21st century campus?
What is the 21st century campus?

The new campus may not be recognizable in terms of the old. It will contain new kinds of programs and events, activities that integrate groups from outside and inside the university. Beyond the usual space and activities types that characterize the university, it would include settings in which diverse groups could be brought together for casual or concerted work, where multi-disciplinary work might be sparked, and where those, particularly on the commercialization side, might be brought into a working relationship with members of the university community. A blurring of the campus’ edges will create new and exciting districts for interaction and growth. Proximity with vital urban districts will be an advantage.

How to Create a Successful Workplace Collaboration Platform
January 11, 2012 – 4:15 pm | Comments Off on How to Create a Successful Workplace Collaboration Platform
How to Create a Successful Workplace Collaboration Platform

As workplace strategists and designers of effective workplaces, our perspective is that the physical settings of work play a significant role in supporting and enabling work practices. Some practitioners may be inclined to give space the highest importance, but like the referenced authors, we also know that multiple ingredients are needed to create a strong workplace collaboration platform. We see the work setting as one of several combined supports. The ongoing challenge is to continuously improve the platform and maintain its ability to respond to ongoing and dynamic changes in work and work practices.

Four Stages for Aligning Workplace Strategy
December 12, 2011 – 1:00 pm | One Comment
Four Stages for Aligning Workplace Strategy

Organizations are increasingly aware of the strategic importance of their workplaces. Effective and engaging spaces improve productivity, health and morale. The workplace is also a visual presentation of the organization and its culture and is a key contributor to attracting and retaining top personnel. Workplaces and the work practices they support are dynamic and require strategic approaches to maintain their effectiveness and productivity. These factors underscore the need to carefully align a workplace strategy with the mission of the organization.