Windy City Wisdom

PHOTO - CHICAGO - MERCHANDISE MART - NIGHT - DECORATED FOR CHRISTMAS - 1953

What is the future of the workplace? What does it need to be? Does work even have a future?

These are the sort of questions The Workplace Conversation #TWPC is asking and on 21st November they mounted a Street Wisdom in Chicago to get fresh inspiration.

photo-chicago-terminal-barber-shop-in-the-merchandise-mart-interior-customers-and-barbers-1941It was the first SW in the city, And the first ever Street Wisdom, as far as we know, to be held INSIDE. It was freezing in the city, so we took to the Merchandise Mart, a vast 1930’s industrial temple that was, when it opened the largest building in the world.

Today it’s a fascinating warren of art deco interior streets, home to – among thousands of other companies – Google, Motorola, Discover and the bustling digital start up hub 1871.

It turned out to be the perfect environment to hold a Street Wisdom. And this kicked off a really inspiring conversation about the road ahead for our workplaces and the work we do in them.

Beyond the workplace & Street Wisdom Chicago 21st Nov14

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  1. What a thrill it was to launch the first Workplace Conversation in North America. It was truly magical and it expanded my thinking about Work and how WE can make it better. It was an honor to have David Pearl guiding us through an “interior” version of Street Wisdom. It expanded my thinking significantly about the unconscious “experiences” that are constantly created around work and how we can make them much better…more mindful. Thanks to David and the brave souls that joined us. More to come!

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