The wonderful work-life world of Steven M. Johnson.

A major furniture manufacturer once invited me to preview a new office system it claimed would “revolutionize” the workplace. This sneak peek entailed taking a two-leg flight to the corporate headquarters, being assigned two escorts once I arrived, and signing a stack of non-disclosure agreements. With all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed, I was led into a secured room where the revolution was to be unveiled. It was … a cubicle. It was a very nice cubicle, constructed of elegant yet durable materials, and designed to improve its user’s privacy and organizational skills. But I was struck by how little it rethought‚ let alone revolutionized‚ the office paradigm.

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