Solitaire’s the only game in town

Well, actually in my view it’s not. Whether you consider yourself a loner, an introvert, or a sole practitioner, it is very rare  in today’s world that you will actually work all alone, all the time.
Whether virtual or real, the connections that you make are more important today than they have ever been. We live in a networked world, where the degrees of separation have reduced drastically. Whilst knowledge is still important and is always worth expanding, the need to connect with people who might know what you don’t know is just as important. You can never know everything, but there’s a good chance that your network might know the bits that you don’t.
I keep hearing and reading the term ‘social business’, a term that seems to have many interpretations. However, it does seem to me that business is now much more social than ever. It’s much more about networked communities connecting across boundaries. Social connections where diverse professions and individuals can connect with one another. I was challenged by what Luke Luke Connoley  of Unwork talked about at the recent IFMA conference in Madrid. He exhorted the world of workplace provision and design to learn from other professions where space can have a great impact on people, like urban planning, the hotel industry, the retail industry, or the world of higher education.
I am excited about the next stage of our Psychology of Collaboration work which has been carried out by Nigel Oseland. Keep checking in to see when we will be sharing the findings. In the meantime CLICK HERE if you would like to read Nigel’s original paper.
Solitaire is not the only game in town. I don’t think I am alone in that thought either.

Andy Williams – Solitaire (1976)
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About Mark Catchlove

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