Future University – Edge Zones
February 5, 2013 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

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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NetWork: A New Vision for Work, Behaviors, and Settings

Submitted by on August 25, 2010 – 5:34 pmOne Comment

By Bill Porter

What is NetWork and what does it look like across a range of places, supporting a broad spectrum of distributed work practices and behavioral settings?

Proposition: Here at Anderson Porter Design we  propose a re-conceptualization of workplace as a NetWork of settings, connected by the internet, using space, technologies and furnishings to enable critical work practices and behaviors, and with policies and organizational supports that maintain and guide their effective and sustainable use in a changing social and technological world.

Said more simply, we define workplace as a NetWork that needs a minimum platform plus specific adaptations to each particular setting or place in order to work effectively

What do you think?

  • http://www.human1.com dankeldsen

    It’s easy for people in the high-tech world to assume that it’s only a virtual world that we need to worry about.

    I have to constantly remind myself not to get too tied up in what I’ve come to find works best for me, as the majority of my medium to large-sized clients (upwards of 200-300, 000 employees) are most certainly bound up in some traditional notions of cubicles, corner offices. These environments do not reflect the speed with which teams need to come together, attack a problem or opportunity, and re-configure midstream.

    Neither the physical environments, nor the virtual systems that they’ve put in place, are often ready for today’s needs.

    But as pockets of “legacy” organizations start to get hold of agile or lean development (IT) practices, I’ve certainly been seeing a change in the way both the physical and virtual environments they put together, get radically adjusted.

    The transition period can be a bit painful, if people aren’t willing to cut from the old and into the new, but I’ve seen some remarkably complete AND fast transformations when direction from the top and alignment from within the teams, all come together and start plowing forward.

    For people interested in “net work” from a more conceptual/virtual point of view, take a look at:
    http://www.informationarchitected.com/blog/intellectual-capital-knowledge-management-and-value-networks/

    The history of networked organizations goes back a long way…