Whereas Borders and other retail stores are dying a sudden death in this recession, this is the optimum time to bring in a new model for retail–a space where “high touch connects with high tech.”
We’re trying to win the 2016 Olympic bid here in town and I can’t think of a better way than to create a retail environment where people can connect with other like-minded and, in Networlding’s case (my company) like-valued individuals. Here you would see concierge, imagine 8 highly trained people–perhaps with masters degrees in Library Science, sitting around a beautiful, U-Shaped Teak Table ready to help you connect online to all the sites (like this one) that would be important to you.
Now imagine that there are computers imbedded in either side of that large front desk. You can see everything that the concierge is doing, easily being able to follow her or his suggestions for your online connection and learning. Continue to imagine now that you can jump into a networking group, one of a dozen or so that is forming around the first floor of the center. Here you can meet others who want to collaborate and brainstorm around ideas and opportunities you have in your head.
You get a simple guide for facilitation or. . . you choose to have a paid facilitator help you leverage your connections and conversations to a new level of effectiveness. You can also get a transcript of the conversation which is recorded (if you choose). The conversation is also (if you choose) mapped online with other conversations to find, yet, other similar and complimentary conversations with others would might like to meet with.
The ultimate aim of these conversations is to create new products, services and career opportunities. The missing piece has and will always be a live person who can help you bridge between high touch and high tech. So will people buy these services? You tell me.
Check out these two web sites – www.edisonnation.com (a site that helps women create and invent products) and www.inventright.com. I spoke with Stephen Key the president of Invent Right. He firmly agreed with me that people can get started to realize success for their lives online, but, imagine how much better life could be if we could accelerate success with live connection and direction.
Are you in? If so, send me an email at [email protected] and vote “yes” for an innovation center on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Once it’s up, it’s your city’s turn!