Outlining Outdesking

#c4cc after another #tuttleI had a short conversation with Oli Barrett on Monday about the Centre for Creative Collaboration and we came up with an idea that Oli called Outdesking. I just thought I’d outline my notes on it here to get some feedback while working it up as a commercial offer.

As they say, pull something out of the hat and see if it hops…


“Outdesking” is like hotdesking but on the outside of an organisation and with an added element of personal development.

What is it?
Take a desk for a day in one of London’s most innovative creative spaces, working alongside its resident “Social Artist”.

Your day will combine some coaching and learning about the use of the social web with exposure to a different work environment and introductions to interesting & creative people.

Who’s it for?
For anyone who needs to:

  • incorporate creativity into their work;
  • learn how to collaborate more effectively; or
  • broaden their network of potential collaborators to new influences.

Also for people who need a blast of inspiration to shake up well-established working patterns or those who need a gentle nudge and encouragement to start making the most of social technologies in their work.

An alternative angle might be to pitch it at companies to pay for people who are taking a redundancy package and could do with some help adjusting to life outside an organisation.

What happens?
Visitors spend the day (or a number of days) with Lloyd Davis, working at the Centre, exploring their particular needs and developing potential practical strategies to achieve their goals. Part of the day will include shadowing Lloyd in whatever he’s doing and being introduced to some of the creative collaborative projects that are housed in the Centre. However, it’s not entirely a day away from work, part of the experience is an introduction to working in a third-space, not the office, not at home – so visitors should bring some work to get on with too.

When can we do it?
Visitors can be accommodated any weekday except Friday given enough notice. Get in touch to discuss your needs whether you’re interested in a one-off day, once-a-week or once-a-month options


Questions as ever:
Does it hop?
Where does it need more beef?
To whom would you prioritise marketing & sales activity?
How many shekels would you expect to exchange for a day of such riches?
Does the name work?

6 thoughts on “Outlining Outdesking”

  1. It’s a great idea and I think the name works, at least for me.

    It would also be possible for ‘outdeskers’ to interact with the projects and people resident at c4cc and this would, I think, enrich the experience and be valuable for all sides.

    If the funding model is to attach to personal development/training budgets, for example, then it might be useful to look at seeing what elements of the work might be eligible for CPD credits for professionals (like accountants and lawyers for example); there must be people in our various networks who could advise on this.

    My other thought is to see whether we might link outdesking into the Corporate Social Responsibility targets; and in this case, the individuals and companies involved both contribute and benefit – so there’s a harmoniousness and symmetry to this concept that is intriguing.

    Very happy to help with this!


  2. I think it would be valuable for you to post explaining a bit more about the value of working with a social artist, and specifically the value of working with Lloyd Davis.

    As someone who works with you regularly, I find the following:

    * My own creativity is stimulated (and that doesn’t just mean making art, it also means doing a much better fist of getting on with my day job)

    * The obstacles to working (which are mostly inside my own head, and I think that’s true of almost all of us) get cleared out of the way. I get a lot more done, and I get it done better, and (this is the most interesting for a lazy bod like me) I get it done much more easily, without having to struggle with blank pieces of paper or push against brick walls.

    * Talking about my work with you also gives rise to specific new ways of working that I would not have come across on my own, because I’m only a dabbler in soclal media

    * Working with you opens me up to conversations with other people who can also contribute, and has provided an incredibly rich seam of a wide variety of contacts.

    I’m sure there’s more. I’ll keep thinking. I’d also add that C4CC is a very creative space – lots of ideas get stimulated just by being there.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion – I’m intending to include a section on “About working with Lloyd” and “About C4CC” but most of all thank you for the lovely things you’ve said – it really helps to have someone else articulate them x

      1. One of the things that I admire about the way you practise your art is that you have a lot of willingness to work with other people, which (as I hope the above makes clear) I think is very important to creative growth and doing successful creative work. So another angle for you might be to ask yourself what you get from that work (including how it helps you practise making your own art, and how it helps you build your community and give service to others and do everything you do) and then assume that other people get that from working with you. Because they do.

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