Visualising the Rise of Collaborative Spaces

Visualising the Rise of Collaborative Spaces

This visualisation is part of an article on collaborative spaces. For several days in Malmö, Sweden, faculty and doctoral students from Fielding Graduate University, members and leaders from Media Evolution and various guests that represented different parts of the greater community gathered to discuss collaborative spaces. We looked at Malmö as a city, Media Evolution as a community and Fielding as an institution. I am posting the visual with intent to open for discussion and make room for further evolution in this case and others. After the launch of the B Team yesterday, I was inspired to share this add to the conversation. The full article on collaborative spaces will be coming shortly. In the meantime, please feel free to comment, share and reflect. I might even suggest, take time for a fika and reflect with others who imagine the change.

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Business through pleasure

Living social strategy at the Swedish AffairAfter an intensive and enjoyable three days in Los Angeles, the Swedish Affair is over.  And yet, it has only just begun.  The intent for connecting the Swedish creative industries with their peers and potential partners in LA was accomplished.  Fun was had by all, and deals were made by some.  The connections on site ranged from reconnection, to friends of friends, and some totally new faces.  All had something to share, even if it was a smile.  Personally, I made some great contacts and got insight into what it will take to take my transmedia project from concept and content to product and reality.  There is a lot of work to be done, but potential partners identified and interested conversations is a good head start.

My project began as a method for delivering research in a usable format expressive of the concepts delivered.  Somehow just writing about how social technologies impact leadership just didn’t communicate clearly.  It would be like using bullet point laden powerpoint to teach  the importance of visuals.  The stories needed to be told, shared, and experienced.  So the journey begins to create what will be Who’s Next, Leadership in the New Social Paradigm as a transmedia project.  For those of you not geeky enough to know the term: it is multiplatform storytelling.  In the case of Who’s Next,  it uses film, online networks and mobile gaming.  More to come as the story progresses.

I enjoyed catching up with Nolan Bushnell to continue our conversation on gaming in education. I was happy to hear that he had evolved his approach to supplemental rather than as a replacement.  I look forward to seeing where his project goes, especially having a son who would thrive using the formats he proposes.  Best of luck to you  Nolan.  Thanks for charming us with your rendition of the Swedish classic “Helan Går.”

Ewa Björling was a welcome guest who shared the groups enthusiasm for events such as these to build relationships and highlight some of the greatest capital Swedish has to offer, knowledge and creative.  Let’s hope she encourages more events of this type in the future.

The investor panel encouraged the groups to be bold, be prepared and be strategic.  It is a big pond over here for little fishes, but that also means there is more money to support the pond.  Make sure you do your homework to know what kind of pond it is and what the other fish are doing in it.

Thanks to Media Evolution, The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles and Sten Selander for inviting me to join as a Swedish delegate.  A special thanks to Frankie Verdugo and the Home Foundation for getting the word out about Who’s Next and the Swedish Affair.

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“Who’s Next” goes to Hollywood

Off to Hollywood and The Swedish Affair this weekend. I was invited to share “Who’s Next: Leadership in the new Social Paradigm” as a transmedia project accelerating leaders evolution. Wish me luck! I’ll keep you all posted!

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