DesignTO Symposium: Unlocking the Future of Work

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George Brown College, St. James Campus, Room 406 (auditorium)

290 Adelaide Street East

Toronto, ON M5A 3W8


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DesignTO’s fourth annual symposium brings 10 multidisciplinary experts into one room for an inspiring discussion on the Future of Work. The event features five thematic sessions on topics like meaningful work, inclusion and diversity, work space, economic systems, and ethics.

Whether we imagine an utopian or dystopian future, whether we envision a future of work where humans and machines co-exist and work together, or one where workers are replaced by machines and algorithms, we know that many features of that the future are already here. But in many cases, other aspects are unpredictable.

Typically, conversations around the Future of Work tend to focus on technology, and its social and economic impact, as well as on the new structures of work and configurations of the workplace. However, little attention is given to the forces driving this change. This year the DesignTO Symposium raises the question: What about humans in the future of work?

This isn’t a debate about man against machine because a future that is more human lies beyond technology itself. People are our most important asset. In their presentations, speakers will invite us to stretch our imaginations, creating space for possibilities and inclusion, while keeping grounded in our humanity. They will tackle complex questions around meaningful work, inclusion and diversity, work space, and economic systems and ethics.

Presenters and Sessions

Meaningful Work

Reclaiming Meaningful Work
Tom Morin, Co-founder, Work Innovation Partners, author and speaker, Work Feels Good

More people working on stuff that matters: A blueprint for the organization of the future?
Chloe Waretini, Designer, Cultural Innovator, The Future of Work is Human

Inclusion & Diversity

Open Visions: Creating alternative futures narratives through diversity and inclusion
Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Daniel Daam-Rossi, Koby Barhad, Co-founders, Radical Norms

Design Activism: Exploring the aesthetics of collaboration and inclusion in the context LGBTQ people.
Juan Saavedra, Design Researcher, MDes candidate at Carleton University

Work Space

Affordances: What we should expect from our workplaces
Yoel Berznoger, Director Client Engagement Studio, Haworth

Architecture After Work: Office Landscapes
Mason White, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Partner, Lateral Office

Economic Systems

Future of the Shared Housing Economy
Wendy W Fok, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design, Creative Director, WE-DESIGNS

Fishing Nets in the Fashion Industry, Transforming Forgotten Traditions
Mauricio Navarro, Industrial Designer, Co-director, D.A.R. Projects
Jenny Boucher, Fashion Designer, Co-director D.A.R. Projects


Designing Privacy, Terms and Conditions for the Future of Work
Daniel Daam-Rossi, Visual Maker, Co-Founder, Radical Norms
Christopher Pandolfi, Founder and Managing Partner, Department of Unusual Certainties
Sam McGarva, Design and Research, Department of Unusual Certainties

Personal Carbon Economy
Shihan Zhang, Design Futurist, Gray Area Art & Technology Foundation

This symposium is organized by DesignTO, with external juror Elise Hodson. Funding is generously provided by George Brown College School of Design and Haworth.

Registration begins at 12:30pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Purchase a ticket to save your spot!

$40 | $46 at the door (cash only) | 1/2 price for DesignTO Members

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