Design for Work #1 — Future Scenarios

Last week, we successfully hosted the first edition of our new event series at AKKA Architects: Design for Work. The name of the event series originates from the understanding that we should design contexts that lead to interactions required for work, rather than focusing solely on designing workplaces. This means adopting a holistic approach to workplace design by integrating the individual and collective needs, desires and challenges of all the people involved in that organization. It is an exploratory journey and requires a dynamic mindset which shapes the future of work. One of the main reasons why we started this event series was the lack of interdisciplinary conversations about workplace design in the Netherlands. Through Design for Work, we aim to bring different disciplines together for a sustainable future of work.

We held our first Design for Work event at Impact Hub Amsterdam (take a look at the design process of Impact Hub Amsterdam) on May 11 and Oliver Baxter from Herman Miller was our guest speaker.

Oliver Baxter from Herman Miller at our first Design for Work event

Scenario planning is a tool used by Herman Miller to create better places to work in. It helps to perceive things differently and opens up your mind to new ideas. During the event, Oliver Baxter shared the findings of their research on the future of work and 2018 scenarios. “Three hypothetical ways future might unfold; data sphere, new normal and polarized world”, he said. It is not possible to predict the future, however it is possible to create separate future scenarios and ideate around them. That is what happens at Herman Miller, they help prepare organizations for the future — the future of work.

Stephanie Hughes from AKKA Architects introducing the Design for Work events

As AKKA Architects, we can’t wait to host the next Design for Work event. For our events and research, we are always looking for new collaborators. Whichever field you are from — design, science or business —contact us with your approach to design for work and we will get back to you for future collaboration.

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