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Collaborative learning and workspaces

Author: Caroline McLaren

Collaborative learning and workspaces will be key to the ongoing success of the Australian economy.

The Australian Innovation System Report (2011) found that 'based on available internationally comparable indicators, networking and collaboration remains the most significant flaw in the Australian Innovation System particularly large firm collaboration, international collaboration and business‐to‐research collaboration. In order to leverage our knowledge capital, Australia will need to work out how better to collaborate.

Hub Australia has developed best practices around:

  1. Co-creation of collaborative workspaces – designing workspaces with users input
  2. Shared sense of ownership in collaborative workspaces
  3. Developing and optimising collaborative cultures
  4. Extensive research has shown the power of collaboration and importance of diversity in collaborations to improve business performance.
We are seeing that take place at our Hubs everyday and will share a number of case studies.

Hub Australia has opened two city collaborative workspaces in the past two years (Hub Melbourne and Sydney) and is in the process of opening a third (Hub Adelaide).

Hub makes significant investments into the co-creation process. Hub Australia is currently working with larger employers and property groups to develop collaborative workspaces that are appropriate for their employees, contractors, customers and partners. Co-creation improves the degree of ownership and collaboration of workspace, and hub is having a significant impact on its members.