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TO DO Talks Symposium: Designing the Future of Work

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

290 Adelaide Street East

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TO DO’s third annual symposium brings 12 multi-disciplinary experts into one room to discuss the future of work. The four-hour event features keynote speaker Joost Schouten, two thematic sessions, and an opportunity for fulsome discussion among those in attendance. Topics range from organizational structures to ritual and empathy, architecture and responsive workplaces.

The world is increasingly digital, and with it, so too is work. With a widespread shift towards greater connectivity, and robots capable of performing complex tasks, the landscape of work has changed dramatically, rendering a future that is less predictable and more complex.

This new landscape offers a rousing combination of opportunities and challenges. More workers experience different work environments that allow and encourage flexibility and movement through virtual channels. Spaces, structures, lifestyles, and values are changing in tandem with how we work.

Design plays a major role in reshaping the way we work. It helps us imagine different futures, transitioning “old ways” of doing things, to new and “better” ways of doing and being. In TO DO’s third annual symposium ‘Designing the Future of Work’, multidisciplinary speakers contribute to a better understanding of how design can, and must?, be leveraged to make the future of work work for all of us.

This symposium is organized by the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, with jurors Elise Hodson and Satsuko VanAntwerp. Funding is generously provided by the Ontario Arts Council, and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and venue by institutional partner George Brown College.

Registration begins at 12:30pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Keynote: Joost Schouten

Joost Schouten started his career as an Industrial Design Engineer. Triggered by the gap between corporate processes and personal values, Joost moved into software development. Curious about how technology improves workflows and unlocks employees’ autonomy, and motivated by the recent emergence of purpose-driven organizations, Joost focused his attention on designing tools to eliminate management hierarchies all together. As a co-founder at Yanomo.com and Nestr.io, Joost facilitates the ‘purpose economy’ with tooling. At Energized.org, he helps organizations to become purpose driven and self-organizing using ‘Holacracy.’

Session 1: Work and Technology

Human-Computer Collaboration
Jon Tirmandi, Co-Founder and Partner, Normative

Mediated Atmospheres: A Workspace That Responds To Your Needs
Nan Zhao, Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab

Ritual and The Workplace: Exploring employee experience and physical expression in the digital age
Sean Hazell, Principal and Strategist, Hazell & Co.
Nick Hobson, PhD, Behavioral Scientist at Psychology Compass, University of Toronto

Working outside the box: Design for flexibility
Heather Dubbeldam, Principal Architect, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Empowering Creatives with Modern Manufacturing
Dawn Laing, Director of Marketing & Communications, Notion Manufactured Goods

Session 2: Work and Humanity

Fluidity: The Future of Meaningful Work
Jonas Altman, Partner, Social Fabric

The future of work is about more than work
Julie Sommerfreund, Innovation Designer, The Moment

Choose More Empathy
Chris Graham, Principal, TellPeople

The Prosper Lab: Designing For Prosperity
Chenny Xia, Innovation Designer, The Moment
Markus Grupp, Director Experience Design, Indigo

Image: Nan Zhao


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