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October 17th, 2022

The last couple of years has taught us new expressions. Like “quiet quitting,” “the great resignation,” and “hybrid work.” But what is a great workplace and work life of the future? Has the employer/employee relationship fundamentally changed? Is hybrid the answer, or is it something even more radical? How have our meetings changed, and how can you make them better? What is the importance of sensing the space? How do we design workplaces for community and meaning? What role does diversity play in creating great work environments?

Sign up for the Future Workplace Conference and learn more about these questions, hear great case stories and meet some of the leading workplace experts from the fields of design, anthropology, psychology, and more.

When: 23rd November, 9.00-15.00
Where: Online
Price: Free, but registration is required

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09.00 – 09.10: Welcome
Henrik Lübker, CEO, Design denmark

09.10 – 09.40: The future of work is decentralized (in English)
Søren Nørgaard, Co-Founder & CEO, Teamway

For decades, people have organized their lives around work. On an individual level, people’s job has been decisive for where they live, how they live, what they work on, and with whom. On a collective level, centralized and isolated work structures have hindered people’s creative and entrepreneurial potential to flourishing to its full capacity. A new generation of builders is emerging. They want to organize their work around life and be free to choose what to work on, when, from where and with whom. They want work to be meaningful, and they want actual ownership and feel a sense of belonging. But today’s work models are fundamentally restraining this new generation of builders. With Teamway, we are introducing a new decentralized model for work where you: build together in your own society

About Søren Nørgaard:
Søren Nørgaard (1987), Co-Founder & CEO at Teamway. Entrepreneur and conceptual designer with 14 years of experience designing, building, and scaling businesses in Scandinavia, China, and Silicon valley. His work is centered around the meeting between technology and community.

09.40 – 10.10: Work is a four letter word (in English)
Magnus Thure Nilsson, CEO, Media Evolution

A decade ago, we build a space where we could facilitate serendipitous meetings on a daily basis, face to face. Media Evolution City, a community-based co-working space based in a historic industrial area, opened its doors in 2012 and currently houses around 500 people across two locations. It is a physical manifestation of our beliefs and knowledge, an ever-evolving mechanism continually affirming and debunking our assumptions of how people create and work.

We believe that life and work — the individual and the professional identity, the workplace and the colleagues, the digital office and the physical meeting place — is a whole package that should be reimagined from the ground up.

About Magnus Thure Nilsson:
Magnus Thure Nilsson founded and developed the network and member community Media Evolution, Media Evolution City and The Conference. Now it’s one of the more well known platforms for foresight with a somewhat deeper understanding within the the sector of creative industries.

10.10 – 10.25: New Methodologies for Workplace Design?
Winsløw Advokatpartnerskab x Dekoform

Working with, for example, rhythm analysis as a new way of quantifying qualitative data in a workplace setting, Dekoform combines a data-driven and sensitive approach to interior design.

They have partnered with Winsløw Advokatpartnerskab to set new standards in the corporate office environment.

10.25 – 10.40: The Flexible Workplace (in Danish)
Nordea x Spacelab

Fieldwork at Nordea identified four categories of workplace experience:

  1. The Tribe Factor
  2. The Physical Factor
  3. The Social Factor, and
  4. The Habit Factor

Using these categories to inform the design process, Nordea and Spacelab explore how interior design centered around the flexible workplace may strengthen relations, distinctions, identity and support a high sense of belonging

10.40 – 11.10: Sense of Space (in English)
Gitte Just, CEO, Be Well – The Well-being Agency

Space is more than just a space defined by size. We know that spaces affect us emotionally: they influence our movements, and at the same time, we express a space through our behavior. Sensing a space is a way of feeling the potential of the space and its ability to affect senses, emotions, well-being, interaction, and creativity. Understanding a space shows how sensory design can impact, heal, and stimulate our well-being.

At Be Well we aim to understand what creates well-being and quality for the individual and the community and how that is achieved through a sense of space design. In other words, sense of space is an approach to designing spaces that aims to seek emotional connections and experience.

About Gitte Just:
My approach to well-being is holistic, as I acknowledge that many elements contribute to good physical and mental well-being. I have + 20 years of executive experience creating and heading projects and organizations at the intersection of art, culture, people connection, architecture, design thinking, well-being, and business. I work towards a world where people thrive, work and lead with compassion.

11.10 – 11.20: Guided exercise (in English)
Gitte Just, CEO, Be Well – The Well-being Agency

11.20 – 11.50: Making space for your Best Working Self (in English)
Rune Sanggård Andersen, Senior Design & Program Manager, LEGO Group

Why should you return to the office when you can work from anywhere? At The LEGO® Group, the workplace serves more than the purpose of providing desks and chairs. Via a comprehensive six-layered employee experience model, the workplace is holistically viewed and designed to ensure that everybody can be their Best Working Self with a variety of purposeful service offerings, brand experiences, and choices. Drawing on examples from LEGO Campus, the LEGO Groups’ new HQ in Billund, the six-layered model will be put into the context of physical offerings and spaces that showcase why you should be returning to the office and why this not only benefits your Best Working Self but your team and organization. 

About Rune Sanggård Andersen:
Senior Design & Program Manager at the LEGO Group, Rune Sanggård Andersen, works in the intersection of physical space and organizational culture where the foundation of “the world of work” is being formed. Rune´s work within the LEGO Group focuses on strategies for workplaces that support the LEGO Groups’ ambitions to attract and retain the best talents worldwide.

11.50 – 12.05: Growing Pains (in Danish)
TAKT Design Studio x Waiting for Monday

TAKT Design Studio’s democratic and sustainable approach has quickly made a name for the small start-up. Not so small anymore, the same office spaces now have to accommodate five times as many employees as when they were just a fledgling start-up.

12.05 – 12.30: Break

12.30 – 13.00: The great meeting breaks the boundaries of the workplace (in English)
Claus Sneppen, Partner, Great Meetings and Associated Partner, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies

The physical meeting has high overheads and should, in the future, create significantly increased value for participants. The technology for valuable digital meetings existed before Covid-19, but the crisis forced organizations, employees, and managers to change meeting behavior. In the process, stakeholders “discovered” that there were great digital alternatives to the traditional physical meeting in a room. What does this mean for the future of the great meeting? What does it mean for physical meetings? What does it mean for the workplace as a meeting place?

About Claus Sneppen:
Co-author of reports and books about the experience economy, physical retail, and the hybrid workplace. Focuses on developing strategic and operational insights for top management on the value of human interactions, meetings, and meeting points in a digital reality.

13.00 – 13.15: The Multifunctional Space (in Danish)
Gobo x

Together with case company Gobo, is exploring how space planning can make multiple functions like office, kitchen, meeting room, etc., work as a complete whole.

13.15 – 13.45: Diversity as a Design Driver for Workplaces (in English)
My Lunsjö, Specialist in behavioral design, GXN

There is a growing awareness that workplace design plays a vital role in creating healthy and diverse settings that support human well-being. However, designing for diversity cannot simply be limited to the selection of various office furniture, trendy amenities, and funky colors. We need deeper consideration of the end users to truly understand individual experiences and diverse and changing needs.  From the beginning, this calls for input from multiple fields beyond architecture. At GXN, our multidisciplinary team designs for choice and agency and investigates the importance of the interrelationship between people and environment. I will showcase some of our experience and approach to putting diversity at the forefront of design for office settings.

About My Lunsjö:
My Lunsjö is a specialist in behavioral design at GXN, which is an innovation and sustainability consultancy founded by 3XN in 2007. She is an architect by training with an additional master’s degree in environmental psychology. My works closely with the 3XN architectural teams to inform design processes with her insights from the field of architectural psychology. She aims to increase human health and well-being for all users by focusing on aspects of architecture, such as sensorial experiences and the influence of light and colors, on the perception of space.

13.45 – 14.00: Hybrid Work, Hybrid Space
Louis Poulsen x About Space

At Louis Poulsen, employees can work from home two days a week. 
Some days few other days, many in the office. How can the office be arranged to accommodate both scenarios? What impact does it have on the office space when someone works in the office and others from home?

14.00 – 14.30: The End Of The Office As We Know It (in English)
Hans Meyer, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Zoku

After validating his vision with innovative companies like Google, Hans will share how Zoku is working towards creating the ‘number 1 social destination for hybrid work’ around the globe.

About Hans Meyer:
Hans Meyer is one of the Co-founders and Managing Directors at Zoku. A firm believer of value creation and innovation for the hospitality industry, Hans is the initial creator and previous founding partner of the citizenM hotel concept and worked globally in senior corporate positions in operations and development for different international hotel chains.

14.30 – 14.45: Reusable Spaces (in English)
Den Grønne Friskole x TAK Studio

How do you create a multifunctional space utilizing only reused materials? The case of Den grønne Friskole presents interior design obstructions for our future generations.

14.45: Thank you for today
Henrik Lübker, CEO, Design denmark

Future Workplace is a collaboration between Design denmark and Lifestyle & Design Cluster funded by Danmarks Erhvervsfremmebestyrelse.