Work, learn and play. Anywhere.
There is a growing population of people that only require wifi and a computer to work. This means, they require less space to actually get stuff done. And less space isn't necessarily a bad thing if it is well-designed. Our environment has a huge impact on our creativity and productivity as Harvard Business Review points out, so we need to be sure it inspires in a way to get us thinking in the right direction.
The idea to build a mobile office was inspired by the growing tiny house movement where people are embracing sustainable living & minimalism. Because of their size, these small structures use less material, less labor, less energy, less water, less gas and overall require less time and money to build. They easily run on solar power, rainwater/tank water, propane furnace, composting/incinerator toilets, so it wouldn’t need to be connected to electricity, water, or gas lines. Completely. Off. The. Grid.
But wait, there’s more!
Since there's less space, there's less room to store stuff, which forces one to make deliberate choices on purchases and consumption. You end up shopping less, using less, cleaning less, paying less bills which saves time & money that can be used for more important things like spending time with family, helping others, learning, traveling, and every thing else that makes us better human beings in the end.
This is why people are fascinated with living tiny. Shows like Tiny House Nation and Tiny House Hunting are highlighting the trend, and large communities online like Tiny House Design (+300K followers) are sharing their thoughts on what's happening in the "tiny" scene. But is this trend here to stay? A growing group of millennials seem to be embracing minimalism finding that downsizing can lead to reduced stress, increased happiness, and an overall sense of freedom. As the old adage goes, “Your possessions end up possessing you” so it makes sense that if you get rid of your possessions you will feel more free.
Not everyone can or will live in a tiny home. Therefore, we wanted to share these concepts with people, so it permeates throughout their work life, and hopefully leak into their personal life.
This idea of working with others (outside of your company) in a shared space is certainly not new. In fact, coworking spaces are all the rage. Being around like-minded people from different backgrounds and companies offers a wonderful exchange of ideas and possibilities for collaboration. Not to mention sharing resources, making new friends, and having the support of a growing community. This fits well into the sharing economy model where companies like Airbnb and Uber allow people to share resources and empower them to be both buyers and sellers.
Right now, we are working on a design for a mobile office to enable four main functions: work, collaborate, learn, and play. We aim to share the mobile office with small groups of 6-12 people, which is an ideal number of people to work in a team, learn, and socialize, according to the folks over at Wharton.
Please stay tuned for the progress of our work. And feel free to reach out to us for questions or collaboration.
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