Public + Private = Opportunity  

Earlier this summer, during an early morning excursion to the Tate Modern in London, I happened upon Cafe 101 - a seemingly hidden treat in the basement of The Salvation Army International headquarters.

Why’s that important for this forum I hear you tootle?

If you think about last weeks’ post - something about physics, space, randomness, and opportunity if I remember correctly - I spent a bunch of time talking about the role of physical space in engineering randomness to enrich for serendipitous outcomes. Cafe 101 represents a physical space ‘open’ to those both within and without The Salvation Army International organization; a place ripe with potential to create shared value, between the organization and ‘outsiders’.

I don’t know for sure, but got the vibe that this is a cafeteria for the organization - a place where Salvation Army colleagues could meet and eat, both in the context of, and with (if the opportunity arose) ‘outsiders’.

There’s much talk about the thinning of the boundaries between organizations and ‘the outside’. This is a physical manifestation of exactly that. I wonder how this is being curated within The Salvation Army International organization, and what other organizations in major metropolitan areas are exploring similar concepts? As Tom Magliozzi would have said - ‘answers on a $20 bill’ …

Thanks for listening,

DT

 
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