Shifting space

As facilitators of collaboration, learning and transformation, we often accept space as a given. The status quo of meetings, the conference table, is often a barrier to our best work. Unfortunately, the default is so strong, we rarely think to reconsider it.

The next time you have a meeting, don’t start with the assumption that you’ll be sitting down at a table. Start elsewhere. Imagine a walking meeting, or a standing huddle, or a hands-on prototyping session.  Imagine the interactions you want to see between participants, and choose the space accordingly.

It’s not about the fancy office building, or booking the conference room. It’s about being deliberate with how the distance and objects between us change the way we interact.