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For Humans, By Humans: The Workplace with Joyce Bromberg & Sandy Speicher

Sandy Speicher & Joyce Bromberg join Washington Post Live (Video: The Washington Post)
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As people consider their back-to-office plans, office design and experience can have a big impact on productivity, well-being and management needs of staff. Join Washington Post Live on Thursday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. ET for a series of conversations about how human-centered design and technology can facilitate collaboration, encourage creativity and increase productivity in the workplace, with Sandy Speicher, CEO of IDEO, and Joyce Bromberg, co-founder of Vanguard Collaborative.

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“I think that we’re all still learning about what the pandemic is teaching us and I think it’s going to take years for us to really know what’s changed inside of us. But I think one of the first things that feels really clear is that relationships are the foundation of everything. And our relationships are really showing their challenges right now…We’re becoming much more conscious of what it means to be part of a collective experience." - Sandy Speicher (Video: Washington Post Live)
“It feels like we’re at the beginning of a whole new era of the way we think and the way we construct ourselves…It’s about designing, really intentionally, the way that we come together. If you think about it, we have a long history of being in shared physical spaces together and there are a lot of norms…we have to establish new behaviors and rituals when we’re together in other types of realms and all of that should be designed as intentionally as possible.” -Sandy Speicher (Video: Washington Post Live)
“When you’re in a state where your mental model kind of no longer holds up, that’s when you’re in a state of disequilibrium. And it’s a very natural state, in fact we have to be in it all the time, if we’re not in it, we’re not learning and we’re not growing…There’s something to learning to appreciate that something has been disrupted can also be a good thing because it helps us look underneath the surface…and then we can seek a deeper understanding to get to a point, again of equilibrium.” -Sandy Speicher (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I think that the physical office is more important than ever. And the way we approach the design of the physical office is more important than ever as well…I’ve been in the workplace since 1968 as a worker and nothing has changed or very little has changed in terms of the physical spaces and how we interact with them. Yes, there have been technological advances, but it seems to me that the technologies have been in search of a purpose rather than the technologies themselves serving the purpose or the process of what people are doing in the workplace.” -Joyce Bromberg (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Efficiency has driven corporate real estate forever. This whole notion of capping everything and numerical view of the world, I think has to change…I like to think about designing behavior, how people interact, physical space and technology together and for me it starts with the social contract between the employer and the employee. If COVID has taught us one thing and the great resignation has taught us one thing, is that that social contract needs to be redesigned.” -Joyce Bromberg (Video: Washington Post Live)

Joyce Bromberg

Managing Principal & Co-Founder, Vanguard Collaborative

Sandy Speicher


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