with The Strategy Guy
Connectivity between groups of people with weak social ties gives rise to serendipitous moments of right-brain insight and idea generation. We can also gain insight when taking a shower or a walk in nature. In Great Britain, taking the day's problem solving to a local pub is a centuries-old tradition. There are 220 pubs per square mile in London but only ten pubs per square mile in Melbourne, which may account in part for Great Britain's superior track record of innovation when compared with Australia.
Whether in pubs or cafes, or intimate hubs, collaboration is essential for innovation. Social researchers reveal that relaxed, informal, densely interconnected built environments force groups of educated people to mingle for rich exchanges of ideas. Examples of densely interconnected urban 'hives' that force people into 'third places' are Greenwich Village NYC, Berkeley or Silicon Valley CA and Soho London. Contrast this with the Australian pattern...