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Event Review: The Future of Work: Coworking and Collaboration — October 29, 2012

Event Review: The Future of Work: Coworking and Collaboration

Last Monday in Sydney I attend a really interesting panel about The Future of Work: Coworking and Collaboration». It was hosted by Hub Sydney at Oxford St Design Store.

The event focused on the future of work and how the definition of work is rooted in the work place and the organisation behind. The panel, composed of architects, designers and community managers, also discussed how the de-materialisation of work place leads to new ways of working together.

Today, there are different ways we can now work free from our traditional office buildings.

So what will be the future of work, you may wonder?

Firstly, it means stop doing all the work by yourself. In the future, it will be considered as stupid to start your project from scratch as most of the information you need will be available. The idea is to do a by yourself with the help of others, based on the mantra of take and give, i.e. collaboration. Yammer is a perfect example of an enterprise social network service dedicated to facilitate knowledge exchange, file sharing and company collaboration.

Secondly, it means work is based on functional needs. Rather than having a fixed number of employees, there will be more and more of virtual employees, self-employees and consultants.

Josh Capelin created a coworking space in Surry Hills, Home/Work, open to these business nomads or virtual employees. This is not a lonely initiative. The rise of coworking spaces in Sydney highlights the evolution of working: the development of services and entrepreneurship mixed with the notion of sharing: sharing space,  sharing ideas and… coffees!

Besides how many of us grumble everyday about the too many hours spent/lost in the commute? With the development of virtual employees, it’s the flexibility of working hours that expands.

What about the corporate world?

The corporate world is changing with a slow disappearance of fixed desks. Architect and design firms have always been ahead of their time: in the 70s architects started thinking of places where computers will be in houses, long before the first Mac.

Today, architecture and design firms think in terms of how facilitate what people really need to make their business work. Tenants who look for hiring offices need flexibility: it’s more about changing and moving spaces than moving or changing furniture.

Traditional work places are behind the way most of us are working now but large corporate places have started to evolve.

Second Road, for example, provides strategies and implements design solution for companies that suffer from obsolete organisational model. Second Road brings tools to make people apt to work together again, exploring new ways of collaboration.

“Environment does shape how people act. So shaping work environment does shape how people work” explained Alexis Baum, experience architect at Second Road.

I’m really looking forward to the future of work: such inspiring ideas and experiments are already taking place so the future promises to be exciting!

About our ambassador // Delphine Vuagnoux is a community ambassador for Sydney. She is passionate about innovation and social change and a communications manager at All Together Now. You can find her on Twitter here: @delphinevuagnou.

Event review: Groundbreaker public design series Sydney — July 3, 2012

Event review: Groundbreaker public design series Sydney

This event review is brought to you by Doug Millen, from our Fetch Community Ambassador Team in Sydney.

Ever wondered what ‘design thinking’ means? Ever wanted to be a part of design methods to make a difference in the community? Over July and August the Groundbreaker series of workshops and talks will bring design thinkers and innovators together with the Sydney community to explore the role of design in solving problems of the future.

Launched last Wednesday, 27 June 2012, Groundbreaker is brought to Surry Hills’ stunning Object Gallery space by u.lab, a University of Technology Sydney collaboration among the university’s business, engineering, built environment, architecture, design and IT schools for projects that call for innovation across disciplines.

Groundbreaker’s launch excited a crowd of Sydney thinkers and do-ers with the prospect of coming together in an inspiring space to share knowledge, learning new techniques for collaboratively tackling community, business and social issues, and creating new knowledge in partnership with design leaders.

Design has an incredible role to play in social change, we just have to figure out ways to make it relevant and humbly provide it to society as a tool. 

Groundbreaker is about designers engaging with the public and reflecting on the tools that need to be learnt and evolved to do that well.
David Gravina, Digital Eskimo

UTS design leaders Jochen Schweitzer and Joanne Jakovich have co-curated the Groundbreaker series of events and workshops that bring academic knowledge and expertise to the public.

We started last year with u.lab and a couple of public workshops called Bike Tank, and with these workshops we began experimenting with design thinking.

One of the things we thought was really powerful was getting the public into the workshops – for ideating solutions around problems that are part of their lives.
Jochen Schweitzer, Groundbreaker co-curator, UTS

Schweitzer and Jakovich believe in the importance of design creativity in innovation. Through Groundbreaker they hope to disseminate best practices and encourage the development and refinement of new design tools and methods.

We’re really trying to make it easy for organisations to try out collaborative methods and involve the public in solving design challenges.
Jochen Schweitzer, Groundbreaker co-curator, UTS

The eight core events of the Groundbreaker series, to be held at Object Gallery, will explore ideas such as crowdsharing, the value of innovation in Australia, collaborative design, and how we might challenge traditional models of work through design thinking.

Groundbreaker is an awesome forum for people to get together to use design methods to create social change. 

Because it’s open to the public people can come here and experience what collaboration feels like and what the outcome can be.
Ele Jansen, Reboot Stories

The Groundbreaker series of workshops, debates and digital discussions will take place from 27 June to 17 August in Object Gallery, Surry Hills. The workshops are free and open to all.

About our Amabassador // This article and photography were contributed by Community Ambassador Doug Millen. You can connect with Doug through his site or on Twitter @dougsky

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