FORWARD Fellows Challenged with Wicked Design Problem

How might we design environments that optimize the combined capabilities of humans and machines? This is the central question FORWARD fellows are exploring. Supported by Steelcase and the Savannah College of Art and Design, the FORWARD fellowship invited emerging design leaders from the Americas and Europe to Italy. There, they were exposed to a variety of design thinking methods, research on artificial intelligence and new ways of working before embarking on a nearly year-long quest to figure out how space can help solve a wicked problem.

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Episode 4: Design + Distributed Work

Episode 4: Design + Distributed Work

Watch Patricia Kammer, principal researcher for Steelcase workspace futures as she answers 5 questions in 5 minutes on how space can help us collaborate better when we’re not all in the same room and why we’re exhausted from living on video. Plus, the greatest design challenge we face as workers return to the office.

Episode 3: Design + Technology

Episode 3: Design + Technology

Trevor Deters, Director of Smart + Connected Technology, answers 5 questions in 5 minutes on how a hands-free workplace may help stop the spread of pathogens at work. Plus, how emerging tech will change the way we collaborate.

Episode 2: Design + Informal Spaces

Episode 2: Design + Informal Spaces

Watch Lew Epstein, General Manager of Coalesse and Turnstone, as he answers 5 questions in 5 minutes on the future of informal, shared spaces in a post-COVID workplace. Spoiler alert – they’re here to stay.

Episode 1: Design + The Future

Episode 1: Design + The Future

Watch James Ludwig, Vice President of Design and Engineering for Steelcase, as he answers five questions in five minutes on the future of the workplace in a post-COVID world and the unique opportunity it presents designers.

Ecosystems Leadership: New Scope, New Skills

Ecosystems Leadership: New Scope, New Skills

Leadership looks very different today than it did just a few decades ago. Organizations are shifting from hierarchical and self-contained models to part of a broader system with less concentrated control. Kim Dabbs, Steelcase director of social innovation, shares how space can transform an organization by building transparency and trust as part of an esteemed panel at the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum.