Why I'm an Optimist
Wrote a bit about these trends too, and looked at some of that research on innovation and collab in the academy that I originally found through your substack Matt. One trend in the literature on proximity and innovation which I think is important is all the research that's been done on the ways we can be proximal in non-physical ways, e.g. cognitively, institutionally, socially, etc., and looking at optimizing those for innovation in ways that don't lead to "lock-in." I'm waiting for the tools that better enable us to avoid lock-in and discover/nurture weak ties across these extra-physical proximity dimensions. https://medium.com/slalom-business/creating-cultures-of-innovation-in-the-hybrid-workplace-b58a1d3d1d2f
Excellent and timely review. I have written on the topic, reaching similar conclusions but with a narrower private-enterprise focus, on www.supermind.design and in a few blogs, including this https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-remote-work-damage-innovation-gianni-giacomelli. There's more research (surveys) on the role of technology - I will get that published soon.