33 episodes

Hosted by Ryan Anderson, VP of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll, About Place explores how our workplaces are pivoting. Gone are expectations that employees work in the same patterns and places as they once did. Here to stay are expectations for location and schedule flexibility—and a deeper desire to connect and belong. Each episode features conversations with thought-leaders, designers, researchers, and more, all of whom bring expertise and understanding about how the places we create can positively impact how we work and live. Visit millerknoll.com/ideas-in-action for more.

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Hosted by Ryan Anderson, VP of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll, About Place explores how our workplaces are pivoting. Gone are expectations that employees work in the same patterns and places as they once did. Here to stay are expectations for location and schedule flexibility—and a deeper desire to connect and belong. Each episode features conversations with thought-leaders, designers, researchers, and more, all of whom bring expertise and understanding about how the places we create can positively impact how we work and live. Visit millerknoll.com/ideas-in-action for more.

    S3, E11: A last look forward

    S3, E11: A last look forward

    Two experts from MillerKnoll’s Global Research and Insights team recap last episode’s conversation on the Harkin Institute’s inclusive design, before revealing new insights from our Global Workplace Assessment and examining the current state of work location policies. Next season, we’re reshaping the podcast to examine the future of work, plus our clients’ most pressing near-term needs for supporting new ways of working. 

    • 28 min
    S3, E10: Designing for progress

    S3, E10: Designing for progress

    The road to inclusivity stops for many buildings at ADA compliance, but two architects for The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University are charting a different path. Listen in as they discuss replicable design principles of the institute, which combines sustainability, accessibility, and inclusivity for people with an array of disabilities.  

    • 36 min
    S3, E9: Advocating for inclusion

    S3, E9: Advocating for inclusion

    Thirty years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there’s one research institute still pushing for more inclusive spaces for all. The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University was created to deliver lasting support for social justice issues such as disability advocacy. Listen in as its founders, Ruth Harkin and former U.S. senator Tom Harkin—who authored the 1990 ADA—revisit the fascinating makings of the ADA and share about the institute continuing its legacy. 

    • 28 min
    S3, E8: Evolving the workplace

    S3, E8: Evolving the workplace

    What does it take to create workspaces people actually want to be in? Using smart technology as a sandbox, our guests explore how workplaces can forecast employee needs, measure results, and use data to ideate new people-centric solutions for using space. Listen in as Alea Fairchild, Ph.D., Director of the technology policy think-tank The Constantia Institute, and Jeremy Pollack, CEO and co-founder of the workplace experience platform Calven, talk about how we can effectively push the needle on the workplace experience.

    • 42 min
    S3, E7: Back to basics

    S3, E7: Back to basics

    Office density before the pandemic didn’t provide an ideal workplace experience for anyone. That’s just one of the takeaways from our chat with two experts from the Global Research and Insights team at MillerKnoll. Listen in as Katie Finlayson, our Workplace Strategy Manager, and Bertie Van Wyk, our Insight Programme Manager, touch on employee connection and belonging and unpack the power of purposeful, personalized strategies for supporting employees whether they work remotely, in the office, or a mix of both. 

    • 43 min
    S3, E6: Reimagining cities

    S3, E6: Reimagining cities

    For this episode, we welcome two guests from the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies (CIFS). Carsten Beck is Director of Research and Lovisa Volmarsson is an Advisor and Futurist. Our conversation started with a question about the implications of remote work on urban centers, but wandered into issues of livability, sustainability, economics, and public policy. The discussion generated plenty of ideas about how cities might adapt to become more affordable, regenerative, and desirable places to live and work. 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Dan1777999877 ,

Incredible Insights!

Ryan has some incredibly profound ideas about the future of work, but he doesn’t share those ideas without the data to back him up. Looking Forward is educational, informative, and entertaining. Can’t wait for Season 3!

Wozapomani ,

Timely and insightful

Herman Miller has a great reputation as a leader in shaping workplace trends, so it’s great to hear from them on how these past 18 months are reshaping what offices look and feel like. If the first episode is any indication, this is going to be a required weekly listening for me and my team.

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