Well, I have been playing a little with Google Wave to look at its capabilities.
What is a wave? I am quoting directly from Google
A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.
For those who would like to check it here is the link. http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html
You can apply for the Beta version and Google will send you one. It is free.
I also have a few invitations to send to those who are interested.
Lets say for example we have started work on a new Service Design Project or for that matter any project. Lets assume our project team consists of 5 collaborators.
We start a new wave and include all the players on the wave.
In simple words the wave is like one long tape which can be replayed at any time by any of the members to go over previous plans, designs, discussions, meetings, research material, pictures etc.
Ultimately when you make the proposal you have all required research material easily accessible. On completion of the project you have a trail for reference.
Wave allows us to have real time phone and video conference calls and we can be making notes in real time for all to see if required.
I believe Wave is a natural for Design thinkers as we can
I believe any project may have quite a number of face to face or on site meetings. But at some point it becomes impractical to keep travelling. This is where Wave will come in handy.
For those of you who already have Wave it is an excellent opportunity to play a Design Thinking Project or even use it on a real one.
Last but not least it can be customized.
And as usual in a system like this we may find neat things to do with Wave which the original builders may not even have dreamed of. One of the suggestions I gave to a business school professor was that his students could do a course on Design Thinking on Wave.
For that matter it could be the university of the future 🙂
Well that is a subject for another blog 🙂
Go ahead, Google Google Wave