November 5, 2014 – Chapter Meeting

Welcome to the World of Scenario Thinking – Future of Work Scenarios 2018

Paula Edwards, Senior Strategist
Herman Miller, Inc.

About the Program:
The future is profoundly unpredictable, and yet we are all making decisions today that will affect how well our workplace will support the work and workers of tomorrow. One of the tools Herman Miller uses to explore the future and to help all of us think about how to better plan for an unknowable future, is through Scenario thinking. In this interactive session we will share our 2018 Scenarios and resulting conclusions about how work will change through 2018–all grounded in rigorous research.

The three scenarios we will share are not predictions; they are hypothetical ways the future might unfold. They result from intensive research and expert interviews; they link the certainties and uncertainties around forces and trends we see evidence of today. These scenarios are intended to provoke broader and deeper thinking, reflections, learning and conversation about the future, and to create shared understandings of possible developments, options and actions.

This session will help participants envision the future and imagine how their workplaces might change to support future needs. This session will include three main parts:
1. Learn about the importance and usefulness of the scenario planning process and thinking.
2. See a glimpse of the stories of three plausible futures.
3. Hear a short introduction to the propositions for how work will change.

Participating in this session is a provocative way to expand your thinking.

Continuing Education Credits for attending this presentation are available as follows:           

Scenarios 2018 to Placemaking Mini-Workshop – November 6th

The following day, let’s take what we learned on day one and apply it to our own organization.  Join us for a mini workshop from 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Thursday, November 6th.  Registration for this mini workshop is at no extra charge and will be available in conjunction with registering for the November Program.

In this workshop we will prepare for the future by thinking through how the propositions (new realities uncovered from day 1) could manifest in your organization.
We will do the following:

  • Prioritization of propositions.
  • Identify what’s most important for your organization and your future.
  • Create ideas and action steps to help you start thinking about what changes you can make to your workplace.
  • Introduce the Living Office methodology, a process that helps you apply the new ways of work specifically to your organization.

Click here for more information or to register today!


2015 Annual Celebration

Save The Date!  Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Union Depot in St. Paul, MN

The IFMA Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter Annual celebration will be held Wednesday, February 11th at the St. Paul Union Depot.  This celebration includes speakers who are part of the 2013 Best of Show winning project (St. Paul Union Depot Adaptive Re-Use), a tour and an opportunity to thank all of our sponsors who support this organization along with the Celebration Dinner and industry awards.  This is a newly revamped Symposium/Awards Banquet to allow us to celebrate everyone in our organization and industry.

For information on registration, pricing, agenda and the nomination process can be found by clicking here.

We look forward to celebrating with you in February!






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