Imagine a Place Podcast with Philip Ross of Unwork

Coworking, technology, and the future of work.

Philip Ross is a futurist, author, and advisor who specializes in predicting the impact of emerging technology on the way we will work, shop, consume and live. He is also the CEO and founder of UnGroup and Cordless Group, as well as the creator of the popular Worktech event series. Simply put, Philip is one of the world’s biggest thinkers when it comes to the future of the workplace. In this conversation, we go deep into the future of work and ask Philip some of the challenging questions on what might lie ahead of us. While he can’t literally whip out a brush and paint a picture for us, he does an excellent job of giving shape to what’s ahead.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The future of design
  • Design technology
  • Immersive technology in design
  • Workplaces of the future

More about Philip Ross: 

Philip Ross is an author, advisor, speaker, futurist, and commentator on the future of work, retail, and education, and living as well as the future of the city with a focus on innovation and catalyzing new ideas. Founder of UnGroup (UnWired, UnWork, UnHappi) and Cordless Group (Cordless Consultants and Cordless Resourcing)

Much of his focus has been on workplace innovation, advising organizations such as McKinsey & Co, Marks & Spencer, EY, Allen & Overy, Penguin Random House, GSK, Barclays, Macquarie Group, BBC, PwC, and Boston Consulting Group on innovation and future concepts. He founded his business in 1994 with the publication of The Cordless Office Report. Since then he has written a number of books on the future of work including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office, and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books and reports including the Corporate Fool, Jelly Bean Working, and the Responsible Workplace. He regularly gives keynotes, presentations and runs think tanks and workshops for organizations in the process of change. He is frequently quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio 4, The Australian, Financial Times, OnOffice, and France 24 TV.

Related Imagine a Place episodes:

Emmanuel Daniel (Microsoft): The Workplace of 2031

Christian Giordano: Design is due for reinvention

Dr. Eve Edelstein (Clinicians for Design): The Intersection of Neuroscience and Architecture

James Kerrigan (Jacobs): Culture, place, and tools: The future of place making


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