Where you think. Not what you think, or how you think, or when or why.

Where do you do your thinking?

Do you have a particular room at home?

Is it different thinking outdoors?

Do you have to do a lot of  that thinking in an office or classroom?

How much does that space lend itself to:

  • inspiration
  • productivity
  • social collaboration
  • positivity
  • efficiency

If you could select or design a space to think, how would it look? Maybe you are the type that would want to look at water – the ocean, a lake, a waterfall.  How about an isolated cabin on a hilltop? Or perhaps you would prefer the outside cafe table on a busy city street.

Treehouse workplace

What started me in this direction of thinking about where I want to do my thinking was an article about George Davison and his eponymous company, Davison.

He decided that the environment was important to how the 250 employees of his company do their creative thinking.  The company (located in Pittsburgh) creates some unusual products (like a Portable Explosive Detector) that you find in Walmart, Skymall, QVC, Sears, Cabella’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot and other places worldwide.

He was inspired on a trip to Disney World to see solutions and thought some of them came from the park’s unusual and creative settings. Back at work, he came up with Inventionland.

Pirate ship work area

Inventionland has been described as a “Willy Wonka of design factories.”  People don’t work in offices or cubicles. They work in the hull of a ship, a race car track, a castle, or a tree house.

The place has gotten plenty of press. (see some more pictures of the work spaces)

Though there is no shortage of books about thinking (like Now You’re Thinking!: Change Your Thinking…Revolutionize Your Career…Transform Your Life), I don’t recall any of them focused on the setting for your thinking. It’s something to consider.

Leave a comment about where you do your best thinking and why that place works. I’ll do the same – as soon as I figure out where to go to think about it.

Watch a time-lapse of the construction of Inventionland