The Future of Work - The Humans are Coming

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The HKX Building, 3 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG

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6pm is the arrival time for this event, which starts promptly at 6:30pm.

In our quest to create mentally healthy workplaces, we invite people to bring their whole selves to work. You, with all your glorious idiosyncrasies, are valued for exactly that which makes you feel vulnerable — your emotional intelligence and ability to connect deeply with other collaborators. With these superior tools, you will shape the future.

Technology will be employed to add speed and efficiency to some of our operations, but you, my human colleague, are irreplaceable.

Minds@Work invites you to join us on 25 June 2019 to imagine a world where work actually generates thriving mental health.

In this new working world —

  • Everyone gets out of bed feeling motivated because our work gives our life meaning and fulfils our personal purpose.

  • We achieve extraordinary things; technology enables us to connect in new ways and benefit from the collective wisdom of our diverse teams. We work in a fluid way, making the most of our interests, talents and strengths.

  • We trust one another - why wouldn’t we? Everyone wants to know that their work matters, so we all do our best and support each other through tough times, including mental illness.

On 25 June 2019, from 6:30-9:30pm at Havas, Kings Cross, London, Minds@Work proudly presents The Future of Work - the Humans are Coming, an evening of mind-bending talks by five outstanding speakers who each, in their own way, challenge the workplace to raise its game. The majority of people who experience a mental health problem say that work is a contributing factor. Humans deserve better.

Can we imagine a future where work is actually life-enhancing? What’s in the way of making this a reality? Can we rip up old rules, design new, novel ways of working and have the life we want? Of course we can - we created today’s working world and the future of work is also squarely in our hands.


Mo Gawdat

What’s the formula for happiness? Can it be engineered with a simple algorithm?

Mo Gawdat has worked alongside the most elite engineers in the world, at IBM, Microsoft and finally at Google, where he was the Chief Business Officer for Google [X], the “Moonshot Factory” where radical sci-fi reinventions are conceived, delivering ten fold—10X—improvement.

Alongside his successful career, Mo was working on a moonshot of his own. After 12 years researching happiness, Mo created an algorithm and a repeatable well-engineered model to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of the circumstances of life. In 2014, his model was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son Ali to a preventable medical error during a simple surgical procedure.

Incredibly, Mo emerged from this unimaginable loss with the strength and generosity of spirit to share his model for happiness with the world. In honour of his son, Mo wrote “Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy” (2017) and started the One Billion Happy movement - calling for people to claim happiness as their birthright, invest in their own happiness and spread the word.

Magdalena Bak Maier

Magdalena is a neuroscientist and founder of Make Time Count Ltd. She helps people tap into their true power with heart and mind connection, a mighty combination of logical and emotional systems. Her work shows that when these systems align, people can bring their whole self to work and see their performance soar. Magdalena has developed a proven tool called the Grid, and an integration methodology that allows everyone to achieve more, learn balance and stay mentally healthy, by focusing on balance and energy management. Teacher to top NASA scientists and advisor to leading academics and executives, Magdalena is known as the “physician of the soul”. She is a Ted speaker and the author of ‘Get Productive’, which has been translated into Chinese and Arabic and ‘The Get productive Grid’.

Gethin Nadin

Gethin is the bestselling author of “A World of Good”, a book that gathers cultural traditions and ideas from around the globe that enhance the working lives of the natives. What can we learn from the Ubuntu philosophy of Africa or the Icelandic concept of InnSaei? What’s happening in companies right here in the UK to improve working lives and moreover — what is tantalizingly possible if we throw out the rulebooks? Can you fantasize about a future where work is actually life-enhancing? Bring it on — Gethin will unpack the evidence and show you that your dreams have already become a reality - in another place, or maybe…in another time.

Phoebe Tickell

Make way for Phoebe, who has moved from engineering DNA in the lab to engineering the DNA of organisations, and who warns that “the rules are changing…to cling onto dogma or fixed opinions is to get left behind.” She burst out of Cambridge University with her first class degree in Biological Natural Sciences and made the whole world her lab. Applying her expertise to human ecosystems, Phoebe’s experiments have led to the creation of decentralised, non-hierarchical and participatory organisational cultures where humans thrive and businesses benefit from the collective intelligence of all their people. Phoebe is the only UK-based Member of Enspiral, a collectively owned community of mission-driven freelancers and entrepreneurs, and winner of RSA’s Future of Work award in 2019. When Phoebe is not busy up-ending outdated business structures, she can be found public speaking or advising Ruby Wax on topics to inform her next book, including the future of work, well-being, artificial intelligence, robotics, and mindfulness.

Nic Marks

If we want the future of work to be fulfilling, nourishing and energizing, why not measure happiness, instead of GDP? Is happiness just too elusive and immeasurable? Nic says no - he measures it every Friday and so do more than 1,000 companies that use his employee engagement software, ‘Friday’.

Nic has been described as a “statistician with a soul” due to his unusual combination of ‘hard’ statistical skills and ‘soft’ people skills. He founded the Centre for Well-Being, an independent think tank at the New Economics Foundation, best known for the development of the Happy Planet Index.

More than 2 million people have watched Nic’s Ted Talk and his book, The Happiness Manifesto, was one of the first books published by Ted. Nic was named as one of the Top Ten Original Thinkers by the UK’s Institute of Directors magazine and his work was also hailed as one of Forbes Magazine’s Seven Most Powerful Ideas in 2011.

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