More on physical and virtual world dynamics

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.

image originally uploaded by shapeshift

image originally uploaded by shapeshift

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?

And what is your experience?

“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 :)

3 thoughts on “More on physical and virtual world dynamics

  1. Nick Hortovanyi

    I wrote a blog entry last week – “working virtual, some observations”

    Having no fixed office does make you think more creatively to engage with the people that you are working with. The most useful tool, we found, was the ability to quickly share a screen snippet (like in Sametime).

    Do spend more time actually in Cafes drinking great coffee now :).

  2. Janette Toral

    Hi Jasmin. First, let me greet you a happy birthday!

    I’ll be more than interested in sharing my experience.

    Since my family moved to Adelaide, most of my interaction with friends and clients in the Philippines have been online. One challenge is fulfilling training commitments to club members and this prompted me to start moving physical trainings online. Primary advantage is being able to work at home and be with the family. It challenges you to be creative as well.

    On the downside, there are deals, conversations, and trainings that can only be done or take place if there’s face-to-face interaction such as the ever-important 1st meeting. Maybe when more users accept the online medium as a reasonable substitute, then it can be done much easier in the future.

  3. Jack Mason


    Since you and I interact across so many of these different channels, I think that were personally experiencing some of this so-called OFF=ON phenomenon …. the idea that any distinction between offline and online experiences is really semantic, just part of a sweeping continuum that also includes the mobile digital dimension.

    OFF=ON details;

    Along these lines, wanted to share a though from William Gibson on the future of superubiquitous computing that seems to be sneaking up on us. I’ve posted it via my experiment with Tumblr, a new platform for a kind of scrapbook approach to blogging….

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