Overthrow the Row

Space speaks. When we walk into a new space, it tells us what is expected of us. It tells us how we will relate to others and how we will work within it.

Challenge: Image search the term classroom or conference. What do you see?

Overwhelmingly, you’ll see rows.

“What do [the] studies show, viewed as a whole? Mostly this: If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.” John Medina, Brain Rules

When we walk into a space set as rows, what does it say to us? What expectations naturally arise?

Consider the different places you sit in this formation – a bus, a stadium, an airplane, a concert, a theater – what behaviors does this set encourage and discourage?

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