MEREDITH Strategy & Design

We design great places and spaces that enhance the experience of  work. 
Our purpose is to help companies and organizations of every scale
more effectively achieve their goals
and capture value from what they and their people do.

Jim at meredithstrategyanddesign dot com

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Among the things we found interesting this week

Connected life The future of the automobile may very well be made in the tech shops rather than the fab shops. The "connected life" gets more connected. http://connectedlife.gsma.com

Company builders

The "studio" as a business model gets attention in startup land. What about this as the model for entrepreneurship? It seems that most companies follow the "garage" or "sunk works" model, pushing innovative initiatives into a separated incubation space. But what about the value of the embedded back office? http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/16/the-rise-of-company-builders/

Workplace Productivity

LinkedIn discussion groups vary widely, and you might resist them a bit. In some, there are a few people who must leap at any tickler of a discussion around a subject and then dominate, or act as controlling moderators, and suppress a more open dialogue. Nonetheless, good stuff always shows up in the creases. Here's a bit of a discussion around workspace design and productivity. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Whats-your-experience-office-design-101168%2ES%2E204428358?view=&gid=101168&type=member&item=204428358#commentID_null

By the way, I am finding a lot of the discussion on this subject rather tiring. That is, we seem to start with what is there, how things are done today, and then search for all forms of justification for doing it differently. But the different is mostly groupthink around a newly marketed idea.

In our work, I am finding that people really want to do a great job, but everything in the workplace keeps them from doing it. Start in the doing of the work to find out how to design a workplace to nurture the people doing the work.

Why we like beautiful things

Delightful. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/opinion/sunday/why-we-love-beautiful-things.html

Alternative work settings

This is a great piece of travel writing, and a rather interesting provocation about the implications of working outside of the office. http://www.thesmartset.com/article/article02151301.aspx

The office of the future?

I get this, but I offer caution. we are in the middle of a great conversation about the places and spaces where we work. Everybody comes to the conversations with a set of values, frameworks, lenses, and other perspectives that may or may not be in the future. http://officeinsight.org/?p=1891

You might think it will look like this. http://www.businessinsider.com/future-of-work-2013-1

Who are the "people"? http://officeinsight.org/?p=1869

Platforms and pathways

I find more interest in concepts like these to help define how we'll work and what physical platforms we'll seek to help us do what we want to do. http://platformed.info/platform-thinking-business-model/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+platformed+%28Platforms+and+Two-sided+Markets%29

Tweeting

Unusual weather patterns begin to reshape dense cities – Hoboken Seeks Hurricane Protection for High-Rises - http://NYTimes.com

Why do Owner’s Representatives do this? | archizoo [MEREDITH Strategy & Design] http://ow.ly/hL7Gr

#Occupiers – managers of workplace and services – how do you want your discipline to be viewed? | workessence http://ow.ly/hLUOL

"Selling our design services is like flossing our teeth" | Smells Like Design Sales ∙ An A List Apart Blog Post http://ow.ly/hLW84 

"It will not be car companies but someone like Apple or Facebook who will successfully challenge the car manufacturers” http://ow.ly/hMrQG