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DesignTO Symposium: Unlocking the Future of Work

DesignTO’s fourth annual symposium brings 10 multidisciplinary experts into one room for an inspiring discussion on the Future of Work. The event features five thematic sessions on topics like meaningful work, inclusion and diversity, work space, and economic systems and ethics.


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Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Daniel Daam-Rossi, + Koby Barhad
Session 2: Inclusivity + Diversity

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Daniel Daam-Rossi, and Koby Barhad, co-founders of R/\DICAL N[]RMS

R/\DICAL N[]RMS is a design research studio based in Toronto, Canada.

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Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Daniel Daam-Rossi, + Koby BarhadSession 2: Inclusivity + Diversity

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Daniel Daam-Rossi, and Koby Barhad, co-founders of R/\DICAL N[]RMS

R/\DICAL N[]RMS is a design research studio based in Toronto, Canada.

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Chloe Waretini
Session 1: Meaningful Work

Chloe Waretini, of Human Future of Work

Chloe has spent the past six years on the design challenge of creating

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Chloe WaretiniSession 1: Meaningful Work

Chloe Waretini, of Human Future of Work

Chloe has spent the past six years on the design challenge of creating

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Christopher Pandolfi + Sam McGarva
Session 5: Ethics

Christopher Pandolfi, managing partner at DoUC, and Sam McGarva, design & research at DoUC

The Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) is a multi-disciplinary studio that design collaborative

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Christopher Pandolfi + Sam McGarvaSession 5: Ethics

Christopher Pandolfi, managing partner at DoUC, and Sam McGarva, design & research at DoUC

The Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC) is a multi-disciplinary studio that design collaborative

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Juan Saavedra
Session 2: Inclusivity + Diversity

Juan Saavedra, art director and designer

Juan Saavedra is an art director and designer whose experience reflects a range of industries

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Juan SaavedraSession 2: Inclusivity + Diversity

Juan Saavedra, art director and designer

Juan Saavedra is an art director and designer whose experience reflects a range of industries

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Mason White
Session 3: Work Space

Mason White, founding partner at Lateral Office

Mason White is founding partner at Lateral Office, and associate professor at University

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Mason WhiteSession 3: Work Space

Mason White, founding partner at Lateral Office

Mason White is founding partner at Lateral Office, and associate professor at University

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Mauricio Navarro + Jenny Boucher
Session 4: Economic Systems

Mauricio Navarro and Jenny Boucher, co-founders of D.A.R. Projects

D.A.R. Projects is a social enterprise working with textile and stone artisans

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Mauricio Navarro + Jenny BoucherSession 4: Economic Systems

Mauricio Navarro and Jenny Boucher, co-founders of D.A.R. Projects

D.A.R. Projects is a social enterprise working with textile and stone artisans

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Shihan Zhang
Session 5: Ethics

Shihan Zhang is an interdisciplinary designer

Shihan Zhang’s passion lies in challenging cultural stereotypes and social preconceptions through building experiences of future-present intersections.

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Shihan ZhangSession 5: Ethics

Shihan Zhang is an interdisciplinary designer

Shihan Zhang’s passion lies in challenging cultural stereotypes and social preconceptions through building experiences of future-present intersections.

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Tom Morin
Session 1: Meaningful Work

Tom Morin, creator of WorkFeelsGood.com

Tom Morin was nearly killed twice at work, but it was surviving high-altitude cerebral edema

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Tom MorinSession 1: Meaningful Work

Tom Morin, creator of WorkFeelsGood.com

Tom Morin was nearly killed twice at work, but it was surviving high-altitude cerebral edema

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Wendy W Fok
Session 4: Economic Systems

Wendy W Fok, creative director/founder of WE-DESIGNS

The endeavours of Wendy W Fok’s research-based ventures are dedicated to the creation of designs

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Wendy W FokSession 4: Economic Systems

Wendy W Fok, creative director/founder of WE-DESIGNS

The endeavours of Wendy W Fok’s research-based ventures are dedicated to the creation of designs

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Yoel Berznoger
Session 3: Work Space

Yoel Berznoger is Director Client Engagement Studio, Haworth

As a graduate of Interior Design from Sheridan College, Yoel’s career began over 20 years ago.

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Yoel BerznogerSession 3: Work Space

Yoel Berznoger is Director Client Engagement Studio, Haworth

As a graduate of Interior Design from Sheridan College, Yoel’s career began over 20 years ago.

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Theme

Whether we imagine a utopian or dystopian future, whether we envision a future of work where humans and machines co-exist and work together, or one where workers are replaced by machines and algorithms, we know that many features of that the future are already here. But in many cases, other aspects are unpredictable.

Typically, conversations around the Future of Work tend to focus on technology, and its social and economic impact, as well as on the new structures of work and configurations of the workplace. However, little attention is given to the forces driving this change. This year the DesignTO Symposium raises the question: What about humans in the future of work?

This isn’t a debate about man against machine because a future that is more human lies beyond technology itself. People are our most important asset. In their presentations, speakers will invite us to stretch our imaginations, creating space for possibilities and inclusion, while keeping grounded in our humanity. They will tackle complex questions around meaningful work, inclusion and diversity, work space, and economic systems and ethics.

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Presented by

 

George Brown College

 

Haworth

Interior Designers of Canada


This symposium is organized by DesignTO, with external juror Elise Hodson. Funding is generously provided by  George Brown College School of Design and Haworth, with association partner Interior Designers of Canada.

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Dates

Sat, Jan 26, 2019 — Sat, Jan 26, 2019

1:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Type

Events

Admission

$40 online | $46 at the door

Tickets

Location

George Brown College, St. James Campus

Room 406 (auditorium), 290 Adelaide Street East


Participants

Yoel Berznoger, D.A.R. Projects (Mauricio Navarro, Jenny Boucher), Department of Unusual Certainties (Christopher Pandolfi, Sam McGarva), Wendy W Fok, Tom Morin, Radical Norms (Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Daniel Daam-Rossi, Koby Barhad), Juan Saavedra, Chloe Waretini, Mason White, Shihan Zhang