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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
48 FORUM 2013 Breakfast session Dr Adam Fraser, author of The Third Space, delivered a thought-provoking and inspirational address to delegates over breakfast on day two of the Forum. He set the scene by quoting Apple founder Bill Gates, who once said personal computers would give us 30 per cent more leisure time. But modern research suggests we have 33 per cent less time, and society is moving at a quickening pace. Dr Fraser believes that people who have more downtime are more productive and more innovative. He told the story of an executive who went home one day after work, and his kids ran away from him. The executive decided to change. He cut a new entrance to his home directly to the bedroom. So he would go home, change, shower and relax before seeing his family. This, he said, was an example of achieving a 'third space' -- the space between work (the rst space) and home (the second space). In that space, we need to re ect and rest. If we use the third space better, we become happier and better at work. We should apply it to all transitions from one task ( rst space) to the next task (second space). Dr Fraser said people who use the third space are more self-aware, and are aware about how they affect the environment. But, Dr Fraser warned, we are bad with self-directed change. Most people wait until it is too late. Don't leave it until it is too late; use the third space to your advantage now. Breakfast session Dr Adam Fraser Dr Adam Fraser, author of The Third Space continued on page 50