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If You Want to Know Who You Are, Tell Me Where You Are: The Importance of Places

  • Julia von Thienen
  • Christine Noweski
  • Ingo Rauth
  • Christoph MeinelEmail author
  • Sabine Lang
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Part of the Understanding Innovation book series (UNDINNO)

Abstract

As we manoeuvre through life we often try to predict other people’s behaviors and feelings; sometimes even our own. A classical take on the matter is to refer to character traits. But there is another source of information we may tap for our predictions – highly relevant and still often overlooked: knowledge of where the person is. At what place? In which context?

This article invites you on a journey of thinking about and exploring the marvellous impacts of places. We will start by visiting personality psychology, attending the quest of its professionals for ever-better behavior predictions. Subsequently, we will witness an experiment on the importance of places – seeing how a place setup may propel forcefully, almost mercilessly towards innovations. We will then browse personality psychology and other fields in search of fast and easy ways to make sense of places: How are they going to affect us? Who are we going to be there? Finally, we will draw together what we have found and construct a scheme to analyze or design places – which, of course, needs to be put to the test…

Keywords

Character Trait Test Theory Propulsive Force Design Thinking Personality Research 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia von Thienen
    • 1
  • Christine Noweski
    • 1
  • Ingo Rauth
    • 1
  • Christoph Meinel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sabine Lang
    • 1
  1. 1.Hasso Plattner InstitutePotsdamGermany

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