Thanks to Kate Ehrlich for telling me about the Multiples of One conference held last November at MIT. It brought “together leaders in design, organizational strategy, technology and law to examine the critical issues facing organizations as they transform into powerful networks of people. The conference is unique in addressing these issues from the perspective of the individual in the network; through the lens of product development, workplace design, and, social and technological regulation. Networks are about people interacting -- Multiples of One. “
It was designed to “spark conversations round these topics in three thought provoking sessions, NODES (the individual and product development), PODS (the individual in the workplace) and POOLS (the individual in society).”
Continuing on it further describes these three components:
N O D E S considers how devices and new technologies can amplify the individual voice to be effective in designing future products and services. In this session we ask, 'Can an individual working alone truly influence new products? And if so, how does the individual affect innovation?'
P O D S looks at how individuals shape their physical and organizational environment to encourage creativity. In this session we ask, 'What makes a productive workplace? What new ways can companies organize to create value? How can individuals actively create collaborative environments?'
P O O L S takes us into the world at large to examine how individual behavior responds to existing social and government policies. What is the responsibility of the individual in defining the new frontiers of regulation? In this session we ask, 'If broadcast spectrum is allocated on a democratic model will this make traditional broadcasting unconstitutional?'