Inspiring the Future of Work By Unlocking Innovation Through Chaos, Creativity and Collaboration
Gangplank is revolutionizing the world of work. By providing a collaborative workspace to encourage creation instead of consumption for creators. The unique model is working with local government and business to provide a public private partnership that boosts civic engagement, sets community vision and collaborates to unlock innovation. The model is rapidly growing in Arizona and changing how cities view relationships with the creative workforce.
The challenges are listed in our manifesto competition, agendas, observation, saying, formality, assurance, expertise and personalities. We find these items to be the status quo and what prevent community building and innovation. Examples of disrupting the status quo.
Collaboration over Competition
We decided to tackle this one early. Integrum invited in other companies to build Gangplank collectively. Removing all financial obligations and getting back to the roots of barn buliding to help one another. We have pulled this into community by modeling collaborative behavior for institutions and organizations of all types.
We have businesses who are competitors that work at the same desk and cross train each others teams realizing that rising tides lift all boats. We have even had employees change companies without changing their desks.
Community over Agendas
Breaking down political silos has been one of biggest undertakings. We have effectively started to break down siloed thinking in government and brought parties to table to move the community forward. Whether this be helping fight unemployment with Gangplank Academy and Laid Off Camps or helping bring multiple school districts together to look at radical innovation in education.
Participation over Observation
We understand that sitting on the sidelines gets you know where. While observation is important participanting generates even more insight and prompts action. We have actively gotten creatives involved in key city boards and commissions while getting the city to participate in the creative community.
Doing over Saying
Stop saying and start doing. It is too easy ot sit back and analyze forever. Paralyzing from ever doing anything. Gangplank was built on a foundation that said regardless of resources do great things and others will follow. Not everything will work and that's okay. Failing and knowing what doesn't work is valuable too.
We have hosted City Camps (http://citycampaz.com), Laid Off Camps (http://laidoffcamphx.com) and Economic Development Open Spaces (http://vibrantphx.com) to get people collaborating and encourage people to start tackling problems. While other spaces are talking about creating jobs and helping people connect, Gangplank does it everyday.
Friendship over Formality
Not every deal needs a lawyer and complicated contract. Sometimes a handshake and your word is sufficient. Our entire space has multi million dollar companies working in a space without formal rent agreements or complicated work sharing agreements. Peoples reputation and need to belong offer a much stronger form of contract. One that the future can be built upon.
Boldness over Assurance
The tag line at Gangplank is "Be Dangerous". It means challenge every assumption. Say the things others wont. Stand up for the things that are right when others look the other way. Swim upstream and bring out the best in everyone around you. Rely on making a difference not in being told you are a good boy.
Challenging the status quo in education, economic development and politics has earned Gangplank a seat at many tables because it is fresh of breath air for many organizations to have fierce conversations that they have been avoiding for a long time.
Learning over Expertise
You don't have to be an expert to try something new. In fact, sometimes the baggage of too much experience can impede new and creative ideas. Encouraging cities to try new things and engage in new ways is part of building community.
People over Personalities
We all put our pants on one leg at a time. Titles and roles don't matter in a world where how you impact people is the real goal. We are teaching cities to restore humanity to the work they do. To see people as people with feelings, dreams and talents. Encouraging use of space and resources to bring the most out of those people so that they can give back to their community.
Examples of these principles in action can be found in our values series: