Smart spaces & places

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Reflections on How the Economist sees our world of Corporate Offices.

Source: The Economist 28 Sept 2019 Surely a sign of the times is when a mainstream publication such as the venerable Economist would devote not one, but three items on the Workplace sector? In their September 28th issue they discussed the profound changes regarding...

Strategy and Place – still illuminating

Twenty years ago, I found myself balancing a demanding role at the Walt Disney Company whilst completing my studies for an MBA and as part of my research I came across Martha O’Mara’s insightful book ‘Strategy and Place’. It was a pioneering effort which she began...

Pondering on Different Perspectives

A recent Twitter exchange amongst fellow workplace travellers prompted me to mull on the question of perspectives. This led to those great existential questions:  Why don’t we see things in the same light? How come we have different perspectives even on the same...

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IN CONVERSATION WITH THE FUTURE

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE FUTURE

Occasionally I’m given the chance to visit universities and get the opportunity to talk to students, something which I always find an eye-opener in a positive way. Since I always come away learning something new for myself and getting a glimpse of the world through...

WHY IS PLACEMAKING SO HOT RIGHT NOW?

WHY IS PLACEMAKING SO HOT RIGHT NOW?

Recently I’ve noticed a noticeable increase in the mainstream press and social media on the importance of placemaking; making me wonder why has it become so topical now and what are the driving factors behind the buzz? Reading London’s popular Evening Standard...

A collision of two colossi?

A collision of two colossi?

I am always filled with awe, every time I get the opportunity to walk through  the  hallowed  portals  of  The  Mother  of  Parliaments, However, last week there was another reason to be awestruck; since I was attending and event hosted by WeWork at the Palace of...

Boston and Madrid reflections: A Rubicon moment in transit?

Boston and Madrid reflections: A Rubicon moment in transit?

Having just returned from the CoreNet Global Summit in Boston and having previously attended the EMEA Conference in Madrid, I had the opportunity to reflect on what I had observed at both these gatherings. My impression was that CRE/workplace sector was now beginning...

Spaces and Places – are they one and the same?

Spaces and Places – are they one and the same?

For most of my professional career I have differentiated between workspaces and workplaces. Is there any difference? The official definition is that there are differences between workplace and workspace. Moreover in most of our minds it is rigidly set - workplace is...

Televison Centre- great to see a vision becoming reality

Televison Centre- great to see a vision becoming reality

Losing an icon of British creativity would have been a real shame. It’s great to see Television Centre (TVC)  re-emerge after its intermission of two years. Attending the recent grand opening ceremony I couldn’t have imagined things would have worked out so well.  The...

Smart Spaces & Places provides insight and key learning from a diverse range of placemaking/ organisations and events which have embraced agile working or alternative working strategies over the last few years, both in the UK, as well as globally.

The site is based on my thoughts, research and experiences, coupled with observations from travelling all over the world.

One of the abjectives of Smart Spaces & Places is that of discovering a smart approach of using the physical workplace in an intelligent and innovative way by integrating ‘People and Place’ effectively. How the 21st Century workplace can be freed to be more agile, generate more creativity and productivity, as well as, ultimately delivering significant business success.

 

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