Quiet spaces

[Crossposted at SpreadingScience]

solitideby ajari

Five Collaboration Tips from Introverts
[Via Greater Good]

In her new book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, attorney Susan Cain pits two starkly different work styles against each other. On one side, we have the pro-collaboration, open workspace plan camp. On the other, we have the solitude-is-good supporters clamoring to keep their offices. This debate on the best type of work style has important implications for workspace design and office environment. It also delves into fundamental questions about human nature. While we are social animals, drawn instinctively to work and cooperate with others, we are also territorial creatures who enjoy and guard our personal autonomy.


It is important to realize that extraverts should not dominate collaborative processes and that introverts need their space. Classically, extraverts need to speak in order to think. Introverts need quiet and time in order to think.Either does very poorly if kept fully in the other’s environment.

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  1. Several years back, the educators tried the “open concept” in schools. It didn’t work as well as they had hoped and schools went back to classrooms, at least in elementary schools. Working in small groups within the classroom is just fine, but the more open space distracted the kids. And one of the worst things done to kids nowadays is not allowing any time for just “day-dreaming” and/or staring out the window. Kids need the day-dreaming to start wonder ing WHY and that leads to becoming scientists or engineers. Adults have taken over kids lives and they no longer can wonder about anything. Every minute is planned. It is so bad, that schools have had to hire people to run recess. Kids don’t know how to play out door games.

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