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Article citation: Michael Pitt, (2009) "The future of the office", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 7 Iss: 2, pp. -
I was honoured to be asked by Dr Marie Cecile Puybaraud to act as an expert at the JCI Futures Workshops Series which are organised by Professor John Radcliffe of the Dublin Institute of Technology. The third workshop was held at Canary Wharf, London on the 5 November 2008. Whilst I cannot say too much here concerning the outputs, as these will be published separately, I would like to talk a little about the experience itself.
The attendees were invited to consider three scenarios for the future and to give their opinions across the day as to what was most likely and how the office would be shaped in the future. The scenarios were as follows:
During the whole day event there were thought provoking talks, small group discussions and feedback sessions.
Here is the unusual thing. The outputs were recorded in pictorial form by a pair of artists. Across one whole wall of the Morgan Stanley offices sat large sheets of white paper upon which the artists depicted the progress of the day. Presenting images of people and thoughts in an exciting and vibrant form that stimulated thought and delivered a group of people at 4 p.m. that still looked fresh. The drawings told the story of the day in a Bayeaux Tapestry sort of manner. I would encourage you to look for this JCI Report as soon as it becomes public. I do hope that in some way it will include the art element, as this was one of the most unusual and satisfying elements of the day.
I do not think I have ever seen such enthusiasm from people at a workshop.
Thank you to all concerned for delivering a new dimension in research workshops.