A few thoughts to connect to the character of your workplace”
“He built a park in the enclave — in what had been a garbage dump — because ‘parks do great things. If you put in swings, a soccer field or basketball court, you get kids and they learn social skills and motor skills. If you put in benches, you get older people watching the kids. If you put in tables, you get families having picnics, and later you get lovers who have no place to go.’”
— Sara Davidson quoting Ed Wayne, an American building community places in other countries he contributes to, where it is easier (than in America) to ignore red tape, not ask permission, and just get good things done quickly.
Share this quote in your next team huddle, and then talk about these questions in one of these two contexts:
- Building sense of place for your business — focus on building a park for your customer
- Building sense of place for your workplace — focus on building a park for your team
Better yet, do it twice, so you can cover both possibilities. Lavish on the new ideas!
~ Where is your ‘garbage dump‘ — that pocket of space within your place that can be pulled out of neglect or disregard, be re-purposed, and somehow beautified?
~ Where is your ‘park‘ — that pocket of probable capacity within your place where you find the ‘great things’ happen with most frequency or predictability?
~ Where can you ‘put in swings, a soccer field or basketball court’ (metaphorically) so that ‘you get kids‘ — the childlike curiosity and eagerness within which adults-at-work can also ‘learn social skills and motor skills’ anew?
~~ What will be those ‘swings, a soccer field or basketball court’ you choose, and why?
~ Where can you put in more ‘benches,’ for more observation, for more breathing/resting space, and for more conversation? Are there great places to sit?
~ Where can you put in more tables? How could you better relocate a table you already have? What can you place on it, or surround it with? What clutter should be removed?