menu

Jesse Levin: Why Physical Interaction Is Key To Workplace Productivity [PSFK 2014]

Jesse Levin: Why Physical Interaction Is Key To Workplace Productivity [PSFK 2014]
culture

PSFK talks to Brooklyn Boulder's Senior Cultural Chameleon to learn about the importance of human contact and movement to creativity.

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 11 april 2014

PSFK is excited to have Jesse Levin, the Senior Cultural Chameleon at Brooklyn Boulders, as a speaker at PSFK CONFERENCE 2014. On April 11th, Jesse will discuss the tools and mediums that can be used to create vibrant work environments, no matter where you are. In the lead up to the event, we spoke with Levin about the nature of the company, the blurring of the work and life space, and shares with us what he believes is the ideal workspace.

What was the impetus to create the Brooklyn Boulders space?

There is a very real and ever increasing desire for human interaction, community and physical development. The pendulum has started to swing from a desire for tech based interactions back to the tangible physical interaction. The team felt that mixing the worlds of climbing, fitness, arts, culture and entrepreneurship would be a progressive way to create the next generation community center.

How does the Brooklyn Boulder model fit into your idea of the perfect workplace?

We don’t believe that every facet of life should be siloed. The work life balance is so hard to achieve because so few work or corporate environments have adapted to establish conducive environments to foster the socioeconomic shifts pertaining to work culture that have occurred in the past few years. Our goal was to build a space where one could work, play, connect, exercise and be inspired all under one roof.

What is some of the most interesting feedback you’ve gotten from members of the community?

My favorite quote I have heard so far in regards to someone describing the space – “This place is like an ADD entrepreneurial climbers dream.” Our community members seem to really appreciate the worlds we are trying to combine. It is a bit of a shock to find world class climbing, slack-lining, saunas, and collaborative work space all mixed together but most seem to love it. Boston is not known for being the most collaborative of cities but a lot of people really have been resonating with the more San Francisco style environment we are trying to create where the mixing of communities and ide sharing is the norm not the exception.

What are your plans for expanding this model going forward?

We have three additional facilities we plan to come close to finishing by years-end across the country. We view each respective space as a blank palette from which to experiment with. The foundation of each project is unparalleled climbing terrain and hybrid fitness and from their we explore what each respective community needs and wants and build from there. We expect each facility to be increasingly more experiential in nature, and the Active Collaborative Workspace will continue to evolve with each new location.

What’s one thing we can look forward to (without giving too much away) in your talk at PSFK CONFERENCE 2014?

In each respective environment and scenario there is a unique tool or medium to enable you to create vibrant culture. In Haiti during disaster response operations the tool happened to be a quacking stuffed animal duck. In working to connect special operations veterans with forward leaning entrepreneurs, a valuable medium proved to be tactical medicine workshops. In connecting the incredible but separate start-up, music, climbing and academic communities of Boston, a very helpful tool proved to be mixing climbing and an Active Collaborative Workspace.

To learn more about Brooklyn Boulders’ active collaborative workspace, watch the video below:

Thanks Jesse!

Check out our conference page to see more of innovative industry leaders who will be speaking  at our event.

We hope to see you at there! Click below to buy tickets.

conference-footer

culture
Trending

DIY Kit Lets You Build Your Own Wooden Bike, Boat Or Caravan

Design & Architecture
Culture Today

Messaging Add-On Helps You Correct Your Friends’ Bad Grammar

An iMessage sticker pack will help you copyedit text messages

Automotive Today

Mercedes-Benz Introduces A New Electric Mobility Brand

The separate entity aims to simplify the identification of Mercedes EV products to customers

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Mobile Today

Tinder’s New Feature Makes Swiping A Group Effort

The dating app wants to democratize its gestural interaction by buying in to the social polling trend pervasive among millennials

Related Expert

Kevin Mckenzie

Digital Retail Experience

Syndicated Today

Autonomous Garbage Drone Prevents Trash From Reaching Deep Ocean

The solar-powered WasteShark collects refuse closer to the source: the harbor

Automotive Today

Aston Martin Reveals Its Own Luxury Powerboat

The sleek AM37 echoes styling elements from the British brand's sports cars

Advertising Today

An Escort Website Fights Violence Against Sex Workers

The advocacy campaign from McCann aims uncover the human toll of the exploitative industry

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Digital Design Expert: Mobile First Is Dead, Think Mobile Native

Brian Cooper, chief creative officer of OLIVER Group UK, explains how some brands are still playing catch-up to new technology

PSFK Labs Yesterday

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Culture Today

LIFE Magazine Relaunches In Pure VR

The general interest periodical, which ceased publication in 2000, has turned into a portal for virtual reality content

Mobile Today

Reorder This Detox Drink With A Simple Text Message

Dirty Lemon is streamlining its communication by letting customers place orders, ask product questions and request help exclusively through chat

Op-Ed Today

The Future Of The American Workforce Requires Unbundling College Education

President of JetBlue Technology Ventures: developing corporate education programs for non-traditional students

Retail Today

Gilt’s Pop-Up House Is The Kind Of Store You’ll Want To Live In

The New York City townhouse plays host to the latest in retail inspiration, curation, and lifestyle activation (and some libations, too)

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Mobile Today

Registering To Vote Is Now Just A Text Away

A new bot aims to mobilize underrepresented groups this election season through SMS and Facebook Messenger

Africa Today

Virtual Reality Game Gives Lessons About Emergency Birth Care

LIFE is a serious tool that takes advantage of new technology to help save lives

Luxury Today

Shoe Repair Has Moved Onto Your Phone

Cobbler Concierge is an on-demand service to get your footwear fixed online

No search results found.