230- Regular yet Random Innovation

When designing MIT’s brand new 400 Million dollar nanotechnology labs, lab director Vladimir Bulovic wanted to find a way to foster as much #innovation as possible.

He studied various departments within MIT that had the highest concentration of patents and found that two elements were critical:
– A central location that people enjoyed convening in with a high volume of foot traffic
– A space where various academic disciplines would intersect informally

This unique combination of allowing people with diverse domain expertise to spend regular yet random time together seemed to be the key to generating the highest quality ideas.

But how does one introduce those same benefits into their everyday lives?

For me, it’s been all about hunting for week-long skill trades and month-long artist residencies. What about you?

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