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Wednesday
Dec182013

Reinventing the Workplace: Wearable Technology

The conference room of the future. Image © Gensler

With rapid advances in technology, we all work much differently today than we did as recently as 2005. Mobile technology, in particular, has freed us to choose where – and when – we work. Going forward, the emergence of wearable technology will allow for even more choices, as we will no longer be tied to a desk or workstation simply because our primary technology resides there.

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Wednesday
Dec042013

Reinventing the Workplace: The Cloud Collective

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In our current era of ideas, knowledge workers are expected to maintain a steady flow of creative output. Yet many companies are asking their people to maintain productivity while occupying smaller spaces and taking less time.

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Tuesday
Nov192013

Recap of Chicago Ideas Week 2013 

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Each October in Chicago, approximately 25,000 people convene at Chicago Ideas Week, a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders created to provoke new ideas and inspire actionable results. Through the cornucopia of speaker series highlighting thought leaders from around the world, panel discussions representing diverse voices, and engaging lab events, the week-long event serves as a global hub for new ideas. It’s an ecosystem for innovation and a playground of intellectual recreation.

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Monday
Nov182013

Reinventing the Workplace: Pop-Up Workspaces in Open Spaces

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While every company and organization would like to invest in a traditional and state-of-the art workplace, budget constraints, limited space, and the fact that knowledge workers are an increasingly mobile species can make obtaining a worthwhile return on such a project unfeasible. The proliferation of mobility is an especially critical component of this equation, because as an increasing percentage of knowledge workers choose mobility over tethering themselves to a single desk day after day, traditional workplaces slowly move towards obsolescence. Why invest in a single workplace when your employees (and next-gen talent) would just as soon plug in from coffee shop or hotel or home?

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Monday
Nov112013

Survival of the Focused

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After a 10-year research and design party celebrating collaboration, focus is starting to get some much-deserved attention. On-going coverage in the media, and books like Susan Cain’s “Quiet” and Daniel Goleman’s “Focus: the Hidden Driver of Excellence,” are putting focus back on center stage as a desired, valuable, but endangered work activity.

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