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Re-Imagining Work in our Hybrid Lives
April 5, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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Join Isabela Granic and her co-host, Amir Hajizamani as we consider radical economic and social transformations developing across the globe, and their impact on how we think about, show up for, and re-design, our work-lives.
In this second salon in the Our Hybrid Lives series, we’ll focus on how workplaces across corporate, academia, creative, tech, and a myriad other sectors are being reconfigured to adjust to new challenges and opportunities. We’ll consider ongoing experiments that are emerging all over the world’s workplaces, comparing online-only, work-from-home solutions to in-person, office setups and what magic combo of fixed and flexible days work best for whom. We’ll also think deeply about those textured, varied, in-between, hybrid spaces during which our work hours have seeped into family time, social time, and personal/alone time.
As we combine taking our dog for a walk in our local park and the weekly zoom meeting with our coding team, are we sure we want to go back to our offices full-time? When we close out our 7th zoom call of the day and grab some take-out before the next call starts in a time-zone far away, have we had enough of “flexible” work hours from home? What are the conditions that make our hybrid work-lives better or worse and for whom are these blendings working best? Do we need a “third space” that welcomes collaborative work at all hours of the day while also fulfilling our yearning for embodied social connection and play? Should we all tune in to the new-values vibes and walk out of our old 9-5 jobs or are there successful examples of people who have designed beautiful work experiences within these old constraints?
Over the last two years of the pandemic, many of us have blown up our lives, quit secure jobs, moved closer to family (or much further away); some have quit without a plan, others have planned a great deal. But with all this talk of quitting and “the great resignation”, there’s also an amplified buzz about finding new, better ways to work. Many of us seem to be reaching for something yet undefined that mashes up our most primal needs for social connection, collaboration, and play with our desires to make a difference, contribute to improving the world, finding our purpose, and making ourselves useful, on whatever small or large scale feels most right. Join us in this broad discussion as we attempt to focus mostly on effective, optimistic approaches that help us imagine what work might look and feel like in this next iteration of building our hybrid work-lives.
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