Conferences are for meetings. Project teams build deliverables. Data is for data scientists. Online communities are for social contact.
Until now, when a new mix is emerging. Can we solve difficult problems in a short-term conference setting? Is there a new way to run a workshop, which is dynamic, data-driven, visual, collaborative?
I wrote a few months back about the Silicon Valley Sim Center: an initiative to bring a new way to solve “wicked” problems to Silicon valley. And in an article in this month’s Wired called “Hey Silicon Valley, Buckminster Fuller has a lot to teach you“ by Sarah Fallon, she interviews Jonathon Keats about his new book on what Bucky has to say to Silicon Valley.*
And from “maker spaces” to “solver spaces”, a new way of working together to solve difficult problems is emerging.