Last week Indy Johar and I conversed about what makes the Hub ecosystem unique, and one crucial element was the peer to peer collaboration the Hub platform augments. After reading said interview Tim recommended UX Design’s musings on work practices. It’s a great article detailing the dangers of working in ‘siloed environments’, and the myriad arguments it musters against the practice of working in isolation makes a convincing case for pursuing collaborative cultures.
Alice has been re-reading an important piece from Social Enterprise Live which outlines an important review of where attempts to capitalise on the social enterprise market have previously foundered. In light of the Big Society bank due to open next year this is recommended reading for all those working in social enterprise sector and indeed, beyond. (see the Guardian’s insightful piece on the shockwaves it could send through the public sector)
This weekend I’ll be off to catch the V&A’s 3D printing exhibition whose core theme of How the Material World will Newly Materialise (running alongside London Design Festival) sits very well with this timely call by Johnny Ryan. Johnny Ryan is setting out to develop a Moore’s law analog for 3D printing. As he points out “3D printing will create massive opportunities, but it will also disrupt many businesses”. However trying to develop this law has thus far been hobbled by a lack of data. If you can contribute data to his crowdsourced project or would simply like to read more then check this out. (incidentally the V&A also has a fantastic exhibition on the Power of Making, which we also like!)
Indy is fresh back from a soujorn in South Korea discussing the Wikihouse project and as ever has plenty of links to share. Particularly interesting are two developments looking at ways to quantify the flows of innovation within a city. Map wizards Quirky have produced an infographic detailing this process while exciting news comes out of MIT (as ever!) in the form of a toolbox that enables ‘network analysis’ of Urban environments. This is a major milestone towards optimising existing commercial flows within urban locales and also something worth noting as we move closer to inhabiting ‘sensor aware cities’.
Ulrik noted this video as one to watch; it sketches the process behind bringing together the right kind of people per Helsinki Design Lab’s method, now available in a book
In Studio: Recipes for Systemic Change — A book about Strategic Design from Sitra- Finnish Innovation Fund on Vimeo.
That’s all from us for now but we want to know what you’re reading, please sound off in the comments, as we’re mulling over what literature to have in Hub Westminster, and we’d like to know what you’d like to see around our Superstudio