Bring people together
Richard Goossens is Professor of Physical Ergonomics at the TU Delft. He stood at the cradle of the Convergence Squares. “I see the Convergence Square as a particle accelerator; I wanted disciplines to collide.” In order to converge, it is necessary that people also meet each other in person, Goossens argues. “We can do a lot through Zoom and Teams, but good ideas arise from coincidences. To encourage these coincidences to happen, we need to bring people together.”
The first Convergence Square was developed in a corridor of Erasmus MC. “The place consisted of a long corridor with small rooms, like the entire Erasmus MC is built up. I broke down the walls of the rooms as much as possible to create large passages, but also still places where you can retreat with your team.” On the outside, glass fronts are attached so that people can see what is happening. The walls are whiteboards. “That way, people who work there can easily write down and draw out ideas.” The idea of the whiteboards comes from the ‘Applied Labs’ that Goossens previously created at TU Delft.