British Council for Offices (BCO) Annual Conference 2019
Head of EMEA, Charlie Millard and Director - UK & EMEA, Andrew Talbot joined the British Council of Offices’ (BCO) annual conference this month in Copenhagen to connect with business leaders and explore innovative thinking from across the industry.
Featuring an extensive technical programme of plenary sessions, workshops and office tours, BCO provides a forum for discussion and debate, communicating best practice and new developments in the office sector.
The future of human behaviour
Led by Founder of Whetston, Timon de Jong, the session addressed the increasing prevalence and morality of AI in detecting emotions through facial recognition. Recognising Gen Z as the most entrepreneurial generation to date, Jong also explored the benefits of pivoting business values on environmental, social and welfare topics to adapt to the ethics of a changing workforce.
Work-life balance & “hygge”
Dominic Schroeder, HM Ambassador to Denmark, opened the discussion on why the Danes are the happiest society on the planet, exploring “hygge” - the Danish word for a feeling or moment that is cosy, charming or special.
The following panel session focused on the value of creating meaningful roles and tasks in the workplace to ensure people feel engaged in the business mission and success.
Bjarke Ingels on innovative workplaces
Presenting his diverse portfolio, world-renowned Danish architect, founder and creative partner of BIG studio, Bjarke Ingels, highlighted his recent work in rethinking how a building can be shaped to create interior communities linked to the surrounding landscape. Examples ranged from Google San Francisco’s domed roof with “smile” highlights, to Lego’s interactive, product-inspired headquarters in Copenhagen.
Join us for more on the future of work at the 2019 CoreNet Global Summit in Amsterdam, 10-12 September.