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Rethinking the Modern Workplace with Chris Kane and Pilita Clark

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The Bloomsbury Institute proudly presents Chris Kane in conversation in a new series of virtual discussions with Bloomsbury authors.

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"Chris has a fascinating insight so clearly driven by first-hand experience at the highest level. He has captured the fundamentals of how important the workplace is to businesses and individuals and has done so in a real, personal and engaging way, giving a critical guide to the purpose of the office." – Charlie Green

We're pleased to present, Chris Kane, author of Where is My Office?, in conversation with award-winning FT journalist Pilita Clark about the profound change we are witnessing to the modern workplace.

In the rise of agile working, hot-desking, co-working spaces, and new technological innovations, the traditional office space no longer serves the needs of the 21st century workforce, and even less so now that so many of us have shifted to working from home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

What does the 'office' even mean to us now? What does it mean for employees and leaders and, even more crucially, for business owners, landlords and investors, when most professionals have found they can work just as well from their kitchen table? We aim to find out.

Chris is widely recognised as an international expert in the corporate real estate community, having spearheaded the BBC's move to MediaCity in West London and worked in the corporate real estate division of the Walt Disney Company in the U.S.

“With the recent onset of remote working and prevalence of flexible outsourced workspaces, the traditional 'office' has never been so obsolete. Chris Kane provides fascinating insights into the future of corporate real estate with this timely and engaging book.” – Mark Dixon

Chris and Pilita will be in conversation for 45 mins, followed by 15 mins of live Q&A where you'll have the opportunity to ask your own questions about real estate, office culture and simply living in the modern age of remote working.

Order your copy of Where is My Office? on Bloomsbury.com today and save 50% off with the code KANE50. This book will be released on October 15th, 2020.

The Bloomsbury Institute is proud to present this new series of virtual literary salons with Bloomsbury authors. Never miss an event and join our guest list for invitations via email.

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“Chris Kane has written an incredibly timely book for leaders thinking through the value and role of the physical and virtual office in a post COVID 19 "new normal" world." - Will Saunders

In the modern age of remote working and flexible work hours, why have most office spaces remained relatively unchanged for decades?

In Where is My Office?, Chris Kane draws upon his extensive knowledge and experience in commercial property to investigate the new-found significance of innovative corporate real estate thinking in the modern workplace. With the rise of agile working, hot-desking and new technological innovations, the traditional office space no longer serves the needs of the modern workforce. With a foreword from Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times, this fascinating book highlights the bold new solutions to workplace practices which have the potential to invigorate employee productivity while simultaneously trimming excess costs.

Chris poses his ground-breaking 'Smart Value' formula which underpinned the success of his redevelopment of the property portfolio of the BBC, and which can be adapted to enact meaningful and lasting organizational change in any business. This formula is supported through in-depth case studies from Chris's prestigious career, while interviews with prolific industry insiders such as Ronen Journo, SVP of WeWork and Mark Dixon, founder of Regus, provide fascinating insights into the ground-breaking strategies that are transforming the commercial property sector. Where is My Office? is a must-read for any business leader looking to revitalise their workplace and develop a greater understanding of the beneficial impacts that innovative workplace strategies can have upon their organization's success.

"The idea of 'the office' is at an inflection point today more than ever. While the evolving nature of work, and in turn the role of the office, has been a key topic for industry insiders, it is now something that every business leader is asking themselves. This book touches upon these issues and provides a depth of insight that only someone with Chris's experience and innovative spirit could capture." – Steven Quick

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Tuesday, October 27th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm (London time)

45mins conversation, followed by 15mins of Q&A.

Tickets are £5.00 to guarantee your place in the virtual room and cover organisational costs. Plus, ticket price includes a copy of the event recording that will be sent out to you by email the day after the event.

Hosted online. A link to access this event will be shared with all registered guests by email the day before the event. Send any questions to Institute@Bloomsbury.com

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Chris Kane has worked in the Corporate Real Estate sector for over 30 years, having operated as the Vice President of International Corporate Real Estate for The Walt Disney Company, before acting as Head of Corporate Real Estate at the BBC, where he was responsible for the creation of MediaCityUK in Salford and oversaw the £1bn development of Broadcasting House. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a founding member and director of Six Ideas, a global consultancy focused on workplace development and innovation, where he has worked on CRE Initiatives for major multinational corporations. He sits on the editorial board of the Corporate Real Estate Journal, for which he has written various articles, and is also a regular contributor to the LEADER magazine. Where is My Office? was written with the support of Eugenia Anastassiou, a freelance journalist and writer based in London.

Pilita Clark is an associate editor at the Financial Times where she writes a weekly column on business life. She joined the paper in 2003 as a commissioning editor on the weekend FT Magazine and went on to cover aerospace and the environment. Her reporting on climate change has been widely recognised and she was named Environment Journalist of the Year for the third year in a row at the 2018 British Press Awards. She was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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