Monday, October 29, 2012

Would proximity result in better services for clients, more collaboration among orgs?

A recent study found that researchers located close to one another collaborated more than those who were farther apart.   Sharing Space: Proximity Breeds Collaboration summarizes the full findings.   From the Science Daily summary:
A new University of Michigan study shows that when researchers share a building, and especially a floor, the likelihood of forming new collaborations and obtaining funding increases dramatically.

The findings have wide relevance to corporations, as well.

I wonder whether proximity would also boost collaboration among nonprofits.   Certainly, locating nonprofits providing services to community members in close proximity―perhaps even in the same building―would benefit service seekers.   Service seekers would spend less time getting to services.

What are your thoughts about co-locating nonprofits?   Share your thoughts in the comments.

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