Why Ditching The Office Could Help You Be More Creative Researchers have shown that a flexible schedule helps employees be healthier, happier, and more productive. If your boss still isn’t convinced that you should work wherever you want, here’s some more evidence to bolster your case: A study in the Journal of Consumer Research says that working in coffee shops and other moderately noisy places boosts creativity. The University of British Columbia researchers involved in the study asked over 300 participants to work on creative tasks--thinking of all the possible uses for a brick, imagining how a mattress company could make its product better, playing word association games--in nearly silent, moderately loud (70 decibels, or about what you would expect in a coffee shop), and very loud environments.
Naomi Stanford - Dunbar's number The spring 2010 RSA Journal (UK) has an article by Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary anthropology at the University of Oxford. He has a theory that Among primates in general, there is a simple relationship between a species' typical social group size and the size of its neocortex (very roughly, the thinking part of the brain).
How to start a coworking space like…@hubmelbourne This is the second post in a series I’m writing about coworking spaces and how to start them. See the first piece, on Inspire9, here. Hub Melbourne is a very different story to Inspire9, which is why it’s so great. Hub Melbourne was formed out of the desire to create a place in Melbourne’s CBD where people from a diverse number of backgrounds could come together to work in the same space. Our Blog Our school’s interest in utilizing physical activity to improve academic performance began in 2010. Ron Andrews, Head of the Physical Education Department, and Peter Kalbfleisch, Head of the Co Curricular Program, introduced our staff to the book SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by Dr. John Ratey M.D. (Ratey, 2008). Our staff became convinced that the positive associations between physical activity and academic performance that had happened in other schools could happen in ours. We felt compelled to act.
Your Desk Job Makes You Fat, Sick and Dead [INFOGRAPHIC] The productivity of the average worker has skyrocketed thanks to technology, but it comes at the price of a sedentary lifestyle. And mounting research suggests that sitting at your desk for eight hours a day can have a dramatic impact on your health. Don't get me wrong. Professional Development for Educators What is the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix? The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments.
A week in the digital workplace While the term ‘digital workplace’ has been around for some time, it has seen a surge of interest in recent times. Popularised by IBF, Jane McConnell, Stephan Schillerwein, and others, it is proving to be a useful way of exploring how the nature of work will change in the modern digital age. The digital workplace describes a compelling enterprise environment that is fundamentally social, putting people at the centre of things.
U.S. Being Left In The Dust Of The Global Telecommuting Revolution The workplace of the future is closer than you think. A recent poll from Ipsos/Reuters shows the extent of workplace evolution as well as the fallout of globalization. Nearly 1 in 5 (17%) of the over 11,000 users from 24 countries polled online indicated that they work exclusively and/or consistently from home. Telecommuting is most popular in regions with emerging markets, such as Asia-Pacific (24%), the Middle East and Africa (27%), and Latin America (25%), while North America and Europe (both at 9%) lag significantly behind.
The Dream of the 1890s: Why Old Mutualism Is Making a New Comeback - Sara Horowitz - Business The values of this generation of independent-minded workers aren't wild and new. Instead, they represent a return to the values we abandoned at the height of the industrial revolution. Wikimedia Commons photo of Portland in 1890. The '90s are making a comeback. The 1890s, that is.
The Speculist » Blog Archive » In the Future Everything Will Be A Coffee Shop Phil and I ended last week’s FastForward Radio show discussing how higher education will change in the coming years. My conclusion: Universities Will Become Coffee Shops We’re faced with an education bubble.
About I am an author, activist, blogger and consultant who spends a lot of time exploring the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture. I've been on this trail for about fifteen years, working with a variety of international and domestic partners. In 2010, I co-founded the Commons Strategies Group, a consulting project that works to promote the commons internationally. My work on the commons takes many forms -- as an author and blogger; frequent international speaker; conference and workshop organizer; contributor to book anthologies; designer of courses on the commons; and advisor and strategist. I have hosted an educational film, This Land Is Our Land: The Fight to Reclaim the Commons; taught "The Rise of the Commons" course at Amherst College as the Croxton Lecturer in 2010; and served an expert witness for the “design commons” in a trademark lawsuit.
Mobile, social, cloud -the way we work 3 February 2012Last updated at 00:05 By Sebastien Marotte VP, Google Enterprise, EMEA Mobile multi-tasking: Google believes that mobile technologies and the rise of the tablet is changing the way we work As part of our Future of Work series running throughout February, we asked some experts to give us their take on how the way we work is going to change. Changing nature of work: Gartner 10 February 2012Last updated at 00:04 By Tom Austin Vice president, Gartner Hive mind: Working around the clock in hyper-connected 'swarms' - is this the future of work? As part of our Future of Work series running throughout February, we asked some experts to give us their take on how the way we work is going to change.