Upcoming Events

Jan 26 2019 Symposium /

DesignTO Symposium: Unlocking the Future of Work

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room 406 (auditorium)
290 Adelaide Street East
George Brown College
St. James Campus

$40 online | $46 at the door (cash only) | 1/2 price for DesignTO Members



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.

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.

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Daniel Daam-Rossi, and Koby Barhad, co-founders of R/\DICAL N[]RMS
Chloe Waretini, of Human Future of Work
Christopher Pandolfi + Sam McGarva, The Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC)
Juan Saavedra, art director and designer
Mason White, founding partner at Lateral Office
Mauricio Navarro and Jenny Boucher, co-founders of D.A.R. Projects
Shihan Zhang, interdisciplinary designer
Tom Morin, creator of WorkFeelsGood.com
Wendy W Fok, creative director/founder of WE-DESIGNS
Yoel Berznoger, Director Client Engagement Studio, Haworth