Real Estate is the Operating System for the Future of Work

In an increasingly digital, global and collaborative world, the real estate industry has found itself at the centre of one of the most valuable challenges of the 21st century; that of creating the operating systems for the future of work.

To create, shape and manage this future requires us to think about why, how and where humans and technologies come together to create value; the workplace.

Your Workplace Is Where Strategy Is Manifested

In a world of abundant information and democratised technology that often out-paces enterprise solutions, how you design and manage your workplace is how…


Reflections on the recent #breakout event with Dr Stuart Brown (National Play Institute) and Brendan Boyle (IDEO)

#breakout2018 was hosted by Project Play, an initiative led by Dara Simkin. It was held in Melbourne on the 4th of September, 2018 and featured talks from the Dr Stuart Brown, Director of the US National Institute of Play and Brendan Boyle, Partner for IDEO in San Francisco.

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Dr Stuart Brown

We are built by play, and

We are built to play

The opening line and central thesis of Dr Stuart Brown’s address to the #breakout audience was itself a playful invitation to question our…


The inaugural Blockchain APAC conference was just held in Melbourne and featured an incredibly diverse line up of thinkers and doers who are advancing the frontiers of distributed ledger technologies in Australia and around the world.

The conference was opened with a keynote from Professor Jason Potts (RMIT) who detailed the origins of distributed ledger technologies and how fundamentally they will change the way our economies work.

Echoing the detailed histories of accounting by Jane Gleeson White, Professor Potts articulated how in the 10,000 year history of ledgers, there have been only a handful of significant changes in how our…


Design Thinking for Families.

I believe that the spectrum of human problems that we have been applying design techniques to for the past decade or so has overlooked a fairly universal, significant and important part of society. Families.

We spend a lot of time, money and effort, trying to understand and design for humans in a business context. Yet comparatively little time trying to understand and improve our interpersonal relationships, and family units.

Family therapy and counselling mostly all start from first principles in deficit. …


My wife and I are both professionals who spend a lot of time working on the “vision” and “strategy” (among many other overused words) of organisations of all types and sizes. Part of this job includes facilitating strategic conversations with teams to build understanding of the challenges they face and make decisions about how to deal with them.

Some organisations are made up of thousands of employees, some of only a handful. All organisations are simply ‘organised’ groups of people, collaborating and using technology to create value for others. …


Reflecting on Our Biggest Year of Growth in Australia

Thanks for being part of our biggest year, yet!

In 2016, we:

Helped to design future cities, and explored the role of design in creating innovative regions.


I still want to do this

keiichi-matsuda : hyper-reality

The Future From Yesterday

Back in 2011 (!!!) the National Broadband Network had just started its roll-out via a pilot site in the north of Queensland (Townsville).

The Australia Council of the day devised a scheme inviting ARTISTS TO ENRICH OUR FUTURE WITH THE NBN

Artists, groups and organisations are invited to propose innovative arts projects that utilise next generation high-capacity broadband enabled by the National Broadband Network. The Broadband Arts Initiative will support artistic teams with up to $100,000 to develop and present their project enabled by the NBN.

At the time, working with a small youth-led creative agency established by a well-known…


A #FutureMuseum essay on the value of personal connection

(This essay originally appeared in Museum-ID it has been modified in very minor ways before reposting here)

There is a gap in the market for a museum with no exhibitions.

photo: speedoflight_speedoflight

What job does a museum do for its audience?

When I worked in audience research, I used to repeatedly ask people what value they get from a museum experience. I would always hear the same kind of thing. A story about an object, an idea about the way the world works. Hardly anyone would talk about ‘the exhibition’.


Mr Benjamin A. Hamley BFA(tech) GCBus(IMC) MBA GAICD

Let me say this clearly: You are not your qualifications.

I wrote this piece today after a friend of mine was asked to renew his membership of a professional association. He had refused to renew, and was ‘relationship managed’ with a polite reminder that he would lose the right to use a certain post-nominal suffix from the point of lapse.

Which got me thinking… save the benefits of indicating a kind of neo-tribalism, what the hell does a post-nominal do for you anyway?

For that matter, does it even matter what you…


Adventures in Design Anthropology

Have you ever asked yourself a question that — at first — seemed really obvious; almost naive to even ask? Chances are, only a few people have actually ever attempted to really answer those questions.

Like — Why do people drink coffee… or collect things… or listen to music… or travel… or subscribe to collective rituals such as Christmas, even when they don’t identify as being religious?

Much of what we do in our lives is a function of what was in the world when we were born. As we grow up — our natural curiosity…

Ben Hamley

Asia-Pacific Lead : Future of Work @ JLL (Thinking, talking and writing about culture, technology, design, work, strategy and families.

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