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Re-work: Imagining the future of work

The 21st century has seen rapid shifts in technology and society, and our lifestyles have evolved in response with increasing desire for flexibility, mobility and social, collaborative modes of interaction. Already, aspects of working life like the 9-5 working day and compartmentalised office environment are starting to seem outdated and incompatible with these changes.

Join academics and expert speakers from the global Hub network for a conversation on how trends in society and technology are changing our perspectives on work, and explore how business leaders, workspace designers and social innovators can best respond.

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6pm: Welcome drinks

6.30pm – 7.30pm: Panel of speakers –

  • William Higham, trendwatcher and author of The Next Big Thing on how changes in society and technology are affecting our attitudes and expectations of working life.
  • Tim Butcher, RMIT (Melbourne, Australia) on organisational cultures and ‘intrapreneurship’ – how companies are using new technology and approaches to management to foster innovation.
  • Frances Holliss, London Metropolitan University how the workplace is adapting in the twenty-first century in response to the rise in flexible/ home-based work and use of new technologies. Drawing examples from both the UK and Japan, she will discuss the implications for villages, towns and cities, as well as individual buildings.’
  • Sinead Macmanus, social media consultant and author of The Business Yogi on wellbeing in the workplace and how we can adapt the way we organise ourselves to survive and thrive in the information age.
  • Jemma Blaylock, Commercial Lead of Heinz Explore, will share the company’s experiences of establishing a new organisational business model and ways of working to drive innovation beyond Soup, Beans and Sauces categories


7.30pm – 8.15pm: Re-imagining the workplace of the future (‘world café’ group discussion)

8.15pm – 8.30pm: Closing summary

Jul 5th
18:00 - 21:00
Entry fee Free

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