Like it or not, physical spaces are changing. More people are working from home. Back in the office, you might sit at a different desk each day (flexi desk arrangements) or work at a client site away from your team. People change jobs more often. People are working in remote teams. Your coworkers might be located on the other side of the globe, working different shifts. We work and study anywhere and everywhere.
At the same time, we are getting better connected in a virtual sense. We can use blogs to share our journeys, share events and post items on Facebook, meet up in virtual worlds, chat on Skype, collaborate on wikis, join communities, quickly connect using instant messaging, update on Twitter -the list goes on. Peer groups converge around the world, meeting online based on common interests, problem solving and the growth of social networks.
Do these virtual spaces enable individuals and groups to connect better? What is the impact on our physical spaces? How do you deal with it? What are the pros and cons?
“How do you deal with the increasing virtual world (web based interaction) and the resulting influence on your physical world?”
The working party for segmentation and integration (the Melbourne Uni and IBM Virtual and Physical Learning Spaces project) is looking for examples. We will be presenting at a public forum in November. We’d really appreciate reading about other experiences and thoughts. Please take a moment to share :)