For years, many have predicted the death of the office. Mobile technology allows us to work anywhere, so why do you need an office at all? Yet as the world becomes more complex, the places we work have never been more relevant. Work is a social activity and people need places to come together to solve problems. The office isn’t going away—it’s in the midst of a renaissance, where workplaces are becoming something fundamentally different.
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In a challenging, complex and competitive environment, business leaders everywhere are united by a common desire: to anticipate the future and act on it now.
At Steelcase a team of 43 WorkSpace Futures researchers, strategists and advanced applications experts spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Specifically, how to think about the future through a set of themes and by co-creating applications with leading organizations. It’s a rigorous approach of studying evolving issues and weak signals — what they call “embedded pockets in the future horizon that are likely to become more persistent over the next 10+ years.”
360 Magazine asked this team to share their perspective about the various patterns they see forming around work, space and information — the patterns and behaviors that leading organizations should be thinking about to better prepare their companies for tomorrow. They identified four macro themes shaping how we work.Browse all past issues