Friday, June 22, 2012

What's More Inviting?

I was thinking about the impact the environment has on learning and wanted to share the following thought from the video game developer Valve:

Why does your desk have wheels?  Think of wheels as a symbolic reminder that you should always be considering where you could move yourself to be more valuable.  But also think of those wheels as literal wheels, because that's what they are, and you'll be able to actually move your desk with them...  There is no organizational structure keeping you from being in close proximity to the people who you'd help or be helped by most.

Compare this intent against the image below.  

Which if the following fosters, invites, promotes, welcomes genuine collaboration?  Which environment would you prefer to work in?