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Future Of Work Charette

Reimagining the future of work for creative workers
Date:
Apr 24, 2023
Apr 28, 2023
Location:
3 Lower Jarvis St. Toronto

Overview

From April 24th to April 28th, the Brookfield Sustainability Institute partnered with No Fixed Address, a Toronto-based marketing agency, with the support of industry partners Egan and Exact Furniture, to conduct a consultation on work connectivity tools and spatial management systems. 

The event focused on exploring the "Future of Work" for creative workers, drawing insights from a research report created by BSI and No Fixed Address that encompassed over 100 case studies, more than 30 secondary reports, 10 primary user interviews, and 41 survey responses. This collaborative effort provided a platform to explore innovative solutions and address the evolving landscape of work connectivity and spatial management for creative professionals.

What are the Streams?

Ways of Sharing

• The relationship between Working & Learning

• Themes: harmonization of work and learning practices, eco-friendly workspaces, sustainable learning methodologies

• Facilitator: Eric Meerkamper
• Case Study: FireNtegra


In a world facing sustainability challenges, the relationship between work and learning needs a paradigm shift. Traditional models contribute to environmental strain, and there’s a pressing need for sustainable innovations that harmonize work and learning practices.

This Stream will explore sustainable innovations in learning and work.

Determine how cutting-edge practices can provide solutions to the environmental impact of traditional approaches. From eco-friendly workspaces to sustainable learning methodologies,we’ll delve into transformative solutions that shape a greener future.

• The relationship between Health & Wellness

• Themes: holistic approaches to healthcare, mental well-being, community resilience, and inclusive care strategies

• Facilitator: Jane Cooke-Lauder
• Case Study: SourceFarm


Exploring novel ways of caring for individuals and communities.

In our fast-paced world, health challenges abound, impacting both individuals and communities. The traditional approaches to healthcare often fall short in addressing the holistic well-being of individuals, leaving communities vulnerable to various health-related issues.

This Stream will explore innovative solutions in the realm of Health & Wellness.

We’ll lead discussions on holistic approaches to healthcare, mental well-being, community resilience, and inclusive care strategies. We’ll delve into the latest advancements, compassionate strategies, and collaborative initiatives that contribute to healthier societies.

Ways of Caring

Ways of Living

• The relationship between Housing & Community

• Themes: redefine urban living, infrastructure development,and housing design

• Facilitator: Kristina Verner
• Case Study: Eglinton West


Our current living practices and infrastructure often contribute to environmental degradation and urban challenges.

Traditional approaches to housing and infrastructure can be unsustainable, posing threats to both the well-being of individuals and the health of the planet.

This Stream will explore cutting-edge solutions and sustainable practices that redefine urban living, infrastructure development, and housing design. We’ll envision and create a blueprint for tomorrow’s living spaces where comfort and environmental harmony coexist.

Key Insights

  • Digital systems can bridge the gap between working from home and in-person by providing seamless connectivity and collaboration. 
  • Digital systems can enable individuals and teams to better understand themselves and their colleagues, leading to enhanced productivity and satisfaction. 
  • Underutilization of office space in Toronto presents an opportunity to reallocate or transform these spaces for the benefit of both employers and employees, and support sustainable practices.

Outcomes

The consultation on work connectivity tools and spatial management systems led to the development of two solutions. The first solution focused on enhancing work connectivity by enabling employees and employers to track skill development and improve team formation. Whereas the second solution addressed the issue of underutilized office space by offering overnight rest options and adaptable workspaces with automated modular furniture.

These innovative approaches have the potential to foster better work environments, drive policy change, and bring about substantial improvements in employee satisfaction, workspace optimization, and environmental sustainability.

Don't hesitate to join us on this insightful journey towards a brighter future.

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