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All About People Conference, organised by Andy Swann, explores how amazing workplaces are built around people Read more
Leaders, innovators and disrupters came to Bournemouth on 8-9 June, for All About People - an event, curated by BDG's Andy Swann, that explores how amazing workplaces are built around people and how when people thrive, organisations do too. It was designed to cross professional boundaries and create conversation on the idea that when people thrive, organisations thrive too.
The conference featured a session on inspiring people through an amazing working environment run by our Creative Director Colin Macgadie. Other brands and organisations featured include Herman Miller, PwC, Coca Cola, Microsoft, Ustwo, Buffer and many others.
Exploring themes that include finding, keeping and engaging the right people, creating the right working environments for them to thrive, leadership, creativity, productivity, collaboration, innovation, the connection between people and their work and much more, inspiration is guaranteed. These ideas seem to be breaking through, not only in theory, but in practice in some of the world’s most progressive and fastest growing companies. Last year Andy met Airbnb’s Head of People, this year he was in the news as his position was renamed Head of Employee Experience.
Despite these amazing examples, this is still not mainstream thinking. Less than a week after All About People, a conversation with a CRE contact about these ideas revealed that in his experience there’s still little evidence of these concepts really becoming mainstream thinking – partly because the business case needs to be built that connects traditional drivers (cost, space, profit) with making the changes that build organisations and workplaces firmly around people.
The evidence is out there – we now need to stop preaching to the converted and bring everyone into the conversation!
Conversations At Clerkenwell
Colin Macgadie took part in "Conversations at Clerkenwell" as part of Clerkenwell Design Week Read more
Conversations At Clerkenwell
As part of Clerkenwell Design Week "Conversations at Clerkenwell" featured a host of high-calibre speakers exploring current industry topics.
Location vs Architecture: a look at London’s shifting clusters
You used to be able to distinguish an office by its location. The ‘hacks’ were in Fleet Street, the bankers were in the City and the Ad men and women resided in edgy Soho. As major companies break free of their traditional clusters, what is more important now? Cutting-edge office or cutting-edge location?
Colin Macgadie from BDG, designers of Ogilvy Group UK and MEC's new Southbank headquarters
Primo Orpilla of US workplace designers O + A
Ben Raywood from Savills
Lev Kerimol, Principal Regeneration officer at Greater London Authority
Chaired by Mark Eltringham, editor of Workplace Insight.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 from 12:30 to 13:30 (BST)
The Goldsmiths' Centre - 42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD
Culturevist at BDG
BDG to host Culturevist event - How Do We 'Scale' Our Company Culture? Read more
Culturevist at BDG
Culturevist (Company Culture Activist), founded by Matthew Partovi, exists to help create company cultures people love.
As part of their networking events programme, BDG is hosting:
How do we 'scale' company culture?
If we're in a large company with a pocket of something we really like, how do we spread that to more of the organisation? If we're a small and growing company, how do we not lose that something special?
Please book here to join the evening of networking, with a few short talks from Culturevists sharing their stories.
18:15 Arrive and intros
- Sharing stories
20:30 Leave / off to the pub
*Agenda is subject to change
Image rights - courtesy and copyright of Mondrian, London
BDG share conference platform with Michael J Fox Read more
Andy Swann, Change Consultant at BDG attended WorkHuman, an HR conference in Orlando discussing the humanisation of work. If the previous events Andy had been to were more geared at FM, CRE and Workplace Delivery professionals, this was squarely aimed at HR people.
He had the privilege of speaking on the same day as keynote speaker Michael J Fox – Andy shared his ideas on organisational purpose needing a moral compass, while Michael shared his experiences as a human working and living with a serious and debilitating medical condition. The whole event was hugely impactful and highlighted how people are now at the centre of thinking for all aspects of the organisation. If HR is responsible for finding and keeping the right people to make the organisation thrive, Workplace is tasked with creating the right environment for them to do just that.