We try to make a difference. That's nothing new. In fact, it's so not-new that a project I worked on over twenty years ago, when I was Director of Design at The Computer Museum just popped back in to say hello. The project, "the Computer Clubhouse" was an initiative that started as part of the museum in partnership with the MIT Media Lab. I worked with the Director of Education, Natalie Rusk, and MIT Media Lab Researcher Mitch Resnick to design not just a space, but an environment where kids could come to learn, experiment, and work with mentors in a safe, collaborative space. The idea was to encourage creativity; working together on projects and learning the tools and technologies they needed to get them done.
One of the most important elements in the space was a large, round-ended, green table. It sat in the middle of the space–and it was a big table–to function as a meeting place, thinking space, spreading-out surface, or whatever a big surface might be useful for. We all knew it was a key part of making the Clubhouse both easy to work in and conducive to collaboration.
The Clubhouse has been replicated all over the world, always with the green table. Natalie recently sent me a video made at the Clubhouse in Argentina, humorously exploring "The Green Table: Myth or Reality?".
Thank you, Natalie and Mitch, congratulations to the Clubhouse, and never stop believing in the green table.