× WORKPLACE WELLBEING BY DESIGN // 14-18 SEPTEMBER, 2020: MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
Workplace Wellbeing by Design
LONDON DIGITAL SUMMIT
14-18 SEPTEMBER, 2020
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Agenda

Agenda


Monday 14 September

TIME
 
Session
Speakers
THE WELL WORKPLACE
Where it begins and ends. The growing focus on wellbeing in the workplace is intimately associated with the 'new sustainability'. What are the key issues in achieving it?
15:00
INTRO & ENERGISE
An overlook of the day's proceedings, with a few minutes' practice of inner awareness.
Aidan Walker, Programme Director, Workplace Wellbeing by Design
15:05-15:20
THE IDEAS

DOES WELLBEING MATTER ANY MORE?

At the office, working from home or remotely in between, wellbeing has been the human resources watchword for half a generation. But perversely, as the public health crisis matures, new behaviours take root and work culture is thrown into confusion and disarray, the emphasis is returning to productivity. Workplace Wellbeing by Design’s editorial stance is that wellbeing is equally, if not more, important than profit or productivity, but the uncertainty of the covid era is causing employers and employees to interrogate just where their priorities lie. Stress, a sense of belonging, employers’ responsibilities in and out of the workplace; it’s a cauldron.

 

Bruce Daisley, former VP EMEA, Twitter and best-selling author of ‘Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat’.
15:20-15:40
THE PRACTICE
CASE STUDY: MAGGIE'S CENTRES
No modern architectural brief focuses on wellbeing so much as that from the Maggie's centres hospices, which are devoted entirely to making the occupants feel good. Maggies' chief executive and the two distinguished designers who have most recently completed projects for Maggie's identify and discuss their key design moves.
Laura Lee, Chief Executive, Maggie's Centres
Ab Rogers, Creative Director, AB Rogers Design
Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal, Heatherwick studio
15:40
POLL
POLL
15:40-16:10
THE DEBATE & Q&A
PANEL
Panel Discussion with Speakers and Audience Q&A

Tuesday 15 September

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Session
Speakers
THE SMART WORKPLACE
In which we explore the state of the art in customised building management technologies, how they are harnessed for natural wellbeing, and what are the social and personal, as well as the business, implications.
15:00
INTRO & ENERGISE
An overlook of the day's proceedings, with a few minutes' practice of inner awareness.
Aidan Walker, Programme Director, Workplace Wellbeing by Design
15:05-15:20
THE IDEAS
BEWARE – ROBOTS AT WORK
Artificial intelligence specialist and neuroscientist Martin Dinov of Maaind explains where the technology is going, what are the notional benefits and potential downsides, and how this brave new world will support the holistic health and wellbeing of humans.
Dr. Martin Dinov, CEO and Co-Founder, Maaind
15:20-15:40
THE PRACTICE
CASE STUDY: ON THE EDGE

The ‘Smart building’ is not a new concept, but sensor technology is reaching the point now where an entirely personalised environment for each individual worker is not only possible but normal. What does this do for our workplace experience – and expectations?

Cees van der Spek, Communications director, The EDGE
Dr Jo Yarker, Director, Affinity Health at Work, Birkbeck, University of London  
15:40
POLL
POLL
15:40-16:10
THE DEBATE & Q&A
PANEL
Panel Discussion with Speakers and Audience Q&A including Dzera Kaytati, Designer, Co-Founder and COO, Maaind

Wednesday 16 September

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Session
Speakers
THE HUMAN / HUMANE WORKPLACE
It’s a management issue – or is it? Today’s deliberations touch on radical ideas such as ‘people before profit’ – or even, ‘people before productivity’. Corporate responsibility takes on a whole new meaning.
15:00
INTRO & ENERGISE
An overlook of the day's proceedings, with a few minutes' practice of inner awareness.
Aidan Walker, Programme Director, Workplace Wellbeing by Design
15:05-15:20
THE IDEAS
THE HUMAN WORKPLACE
Andy, author of the book of the same name, is one of the most coherent and passionate voices among workplace theorists arguing that genuine humanity – essentially the milk of human kindness - in the workplace is the only way forward for modern business.
Andy Swann, Founder & CEO, My Amazing Team
15:20-15:40
THE PRACTICE
THE FEELING WORKPLACE - PSYCHOSOCIALLY SUPPORTIVE DESIGN

Psychosocially Supportive Design, the phrase coined by Alan Dilani, is design that links space and behaviour to achieve an individual Sense of Coherence in the workplace. Three experts come at it from different standpoints to discuss the multiple implications for employers, employees and the work itself.

Giuseppe Boscherini, Co-Creation and Designer and Facilitator, Boscherini Architects
Nikita Mikhailov, Chief Neuroticism Officer and psychometrician, PSYPUB
Ian Duncombe, Co-founder and Board Director, chapmanbdsp
15:40
POLL
POLL
15:40-16:10
THE DEBATE & Q&A
PANEL
Panel discussion with Speakers and Audience Q&A including Gary Helm, founder and CEO, obo, and Alexander Bond, founder and CEO, Biophilic Designs

Thursday 17 September

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Session
Speakers
CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY, DIVERSITY
Workplace theorists and designers are seeing the need for office design to accommodate people on the wide spectrum between hypo- and hyper-sensitivity. Do people adapt to place, or place to people?
15:00
INTRO & ENERGISE
An overlook of the day's proceedings, with a few minutes' practice of inner awareness.
Aidan Walker, Programme Director, Workplace Wellbeing by Design
15:05-15:20
THE IDEAS
DESIGNING FOR DIVERSITY
ASID Designer of Distinction Kay is at the forefront of the most recent developments in workplace design, which, she and her colleagues believe, should offer comfort and ‘belonging’ to people of all varieties of sensitivity. How is the balance achieved between a touchy-feely ‘compassionatised’ management style and the persistent need for productivity and profit?
Kay Sargent, Senior Principal, Director of Workplace, HOK Architects
15:20-15:40
THE PRACTICE
CBRE & WM GRANT DISTILLERS
Two state of the art buildings coming on stream with very different functions, but very similar wellbeing philosophies.
Kate Davies, Wellbeing director, Workplace, CBRE

Dani Salamon, Associate Director, MoreySmith
15:40
POLL
POLL
15:40-16:10
THE DEBATE & Q&A
PANEL
Panel Discussion with Speakers and Audience Q & A including Simone Fenton-Jarvis, Workplace Services consultancy Director at RICOH, and Catherine Thomas, founder and CEO of art consultancy Art Acumen

Friday 18 September

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Session
Speakers
THE FUTURE OF WORK
What everyone wants to know, what people have been talking about ever since the office was invented, and what has taken on a new and forceful character in the wake of Covid-19. If the robots don't get you, social distancing will... or is there a bright side?
15:00
INTRO & ENERGISE
An overlook of the day's proceedings, with a few minutes' practice of inner awareness.
Aidan Walker, Programme Director, Workplace Wellbeing by Design
15:05-15:20
THE IDEAS
THE FUTURE: HOME WORK VS OFFICE PLAY?
Influential workplace commentator and researcher, Jeremy Myerson discusses the post-COVID-19 landscape of work as it moves into the comparatively uncharted waters of compassionate design and anti-stress environments against the background of the rise of automation and AI.
Professor Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art and Director of WORKTECH Academy
15:20-15:40
THE PRACTICE
CASE STUDY: THE GIANT OFFICE BUILDING IS ALIVE AND WELL - OR IS IT?

Amidst the post-covid accepted thinking that 50 per cent of the ‘knowledge’ workforce will from here on in be working remotely or in the office irregularly, huge new projects such as Lendlease’s £1bn Google headquarters in Kings Cross or Santander’s 6000-person Unity House project in Milton Keynes raise a host of questions. Are these massive developments already white elephants? What is the future of work seen through the lens of the commercial property market?

Dr Mike O'Neill, CEO and Founder, HumanSpace, A workplace advisory and AI technology company  
Guy Smith, founder and Chief Creative Officer, Cosu (a digital first creative agency that designs innovative workspaces for brands)
Frances G Gain, Senior Associate, Workplace Strategy and Transformation, M Moser Associates  
15:40
POLL
POLL
15:40-16:10
THE DEBATE & Q&A
PANEL
Panel Discussion with Speakers and Audience Q&A