Col•lab•o•rate

Col•lab•o•rate

By:  Julie Knight

We hear this many times, but what does it mean? Some definitions of it are: To work jointly with others especially in an intellectual endeavor.  To cooperate with an entity mainly with which one is not immediately connected. But how can you effectively work together?  According to “Make Space, How to set the Stage for Creative Collaboration” by Scott Doorsley and Scott Witthoft, a company or department must create environments in which there is “We”  space more than there is “I” space for true collaboration to be effective. Because collaboration needs different spaces in order to bring different people  and perspectives together and to help mold them into change. More importantly, the space must have the core value of human-centeredness in order to debrief, reflect and to connect.  And the space should be a way to change behaviors and not to brand ourselves.  So these areas need to have generous collaboration space and barebones individual spaces. Collaborative space is meant to amplify work and to help boost creativity and develop innovation within your unique business culture. This book was the culmination of a 5 year experiment at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University , AKA  d. school,  in which students, faculty, visitors and project members were all part of the study.  The initiative started in a trailer with yearly moves within the campus. Each move helped the project team to develop prototypes that they further develop into a better solution for the environment they were residing in. And it is divided into 5 sections:  Tools, Situations, Insights, Space Studies and Design Templates.

If your business is seeking to change their culture, this book is a great way to start your journey taking hold of your environment to create collaboration.

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