Are we creating digital worlds where we want to work?

Author: Elizabeth | Date posted: October 23, 2013

When we go into the digital workplace is it a place we want to work, or do we just go there because we have to?

If you missed Paul Miller’s talk at Google Campus last week, catch up now and hear his thought provoking ideas around the digital and physical workplace.

 

3 Responses to “Are we creating digital worlds where we want to work?”

  1. Debbie Carlton
    October 30th, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    Paul

    Enjoyed the presentation and particular reference to one of my hero’s Christopher Alexander – his other book ‘The Nature of Order’ is relevant too. Totally agree on the need for design standards.

    If companies want to move to this new digital landscape they need to invest in identifying the emergent competences required to aid adoption and embedding of new ways of working……and they need to do this by really understanding what users actual do (or don’t do and why) and produce(i.e. activity and other data – called activity semantics)and extract/map the required competences. In addition any adoption approach needs lead indicators not lag which is what the typical measurement approach is.

    I wonder why you use ‘workplace’ as opposed to ‘workspace’ or ‘workscape’?

    Kind regards
    Debbie

  2. Paul Miller
    October 31st, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Thanks for the comment and reference to another Christopher Alexander book Debbie. I like your idea of mapping the behaviour of people in the digital work realm – treating this digital world as a new geography helps us navigate well. Why the term “workplace” not “workspace” or “workscape” you ask? It was a choice a made in 2009 and not saying it is the “one and only term” and others like the “space” term I have noticed. For me “place” is part of the current (not ncessarily future) human condition and experience. Place matters to us all. As we gain confidence to travel and inhabit digital worlds we need to echo the desire for place, home, security – then perhaps like birds we will fly through “soace”.

  3. Paul Miller
    October 31st, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Thanks for the comment and reference to another Christopher Alexander book Debbie. I like your idea of mapping the behaviour of people in the digital work realm – treating this digital world as a new geography helps us navigate well. Why the term “workplace” not “workspace” or “workscape” you ask? It was a choice a made in 2009 and not saying it is the “one and only term” and others like the “space” term I have noticed. For me “place” is part of the current (not ncessarily future) human condition and experience. Place matters to us all. As we gain confidence to travel and inhabit digital worlds we need to echo the desire for place, home, security – then perhaps like birds we will fly through “space”.

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