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Power Points in Parks

We live in a wireless world but lack of amenities in public areas are holding us back. Let's change this!

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A change of scenery can often be the formula to better work. And for individual workers, freelancers and homeworkers, that’s exactly what they do. Coffee shops, internet cafes and public areas are used all of the time to get work done.

What if we could bring those facilities out into the vast amount of green space and public squares that we have in our cities across the world?

What if councils and communities could work together to develop safe and practical areas with open-access wi-fi, simple workstations and charging points? It could also be a great place for schools and other educational institutions to use.

Shelters and part-enclosures could be designed for different seasons and changes in weather.

What are the benefits of your concept for the individual and the employer?

The immediate benefit would be for the individual in doing their work whether it’s completing tasks or finishing jobs. Secondary benefits may simply be that due to more people being seen in public areas doing positive work, a community would develop creating a good feeling in the area.

What might the impact of your concept be and how might it be measured?

The impact of the concept would be based on productivity on a large scale of workers. Social implications should be taken into account to measure the impact which could include how people use the space and wi-fi and if any problems arise.

How might your concept be designed to scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?

London has 38% green space and Berlin has 42%. New York and San Francisco also have plenty with almost 20% each. All cities across the world have great public squares which would easily be able to be used to take on the concept and make it personal for the communities.

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

Starting small scale, it would be tested in a number of relevant ares and alongside supporting bodies. It would need to be supported by local councils in terms of support and funding. Once up and running, feedback would be taken from those that use it so that changes can be made to make it better in all aspects.

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DeletedUser

Great concept Will! I think that bring the work outside to a nature place is very interesting and useful because it can make you be more relaxed and with better enviroment to breath fresh air.
Good work!

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Thanks for your input Sonia. Do you think that a range of utilities and hardware in these areas would be beneficial too? It would be great to hear your thoughts.

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DeletedUser

It would be interesting but not too much, just trying to not taint the park and keep it as nature as possible.

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DeletedUser

Because as I worked on my concept, the trees and nature give you positive energy! ;)

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I agree with keeping the parks as natural as possible - after all they are beautiful places because of what they are. The last thing we'd want to do is change this. Do trees create positive energy? If so, parks would create great workplaces!

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Yes! :) Well in my case the positive energy is created when you touch and feel the trees, so if you are in a park I think you can feel it aswell. And of course if that happens the parks would be the best place to work!

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