27 episodes

We want to help designers of space think like futurists so we can become makers of a better future.

Alternative Design Kimball International

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 138 Ratings

We want to help designers of space think like futurists so we can become makers of a better future.

    Discover Alternative Design: The Platform

    Discover Alternative Design: The Platform

    Get ready for the launch of Alternative Design, a groundbreaking multimedia platform that empowers designers to become catalysts for positive change. Through thought-provoking podcasts, blog articles, immersive videos, and conversations, Alternative Design showcases the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in design, sustainability, technology, and social responsibility. We feature interviews with industry leaders, visionaries, and change-makers who are pushing the boundaries of what's possible and shaping the future of design. Alternative Design is your go-to destination for staying ahead of the curve and making a positive difference. Join us as we launch Alternative Design, your gateway to a world of possibilities in design and beyond.

    • 8 min
    Live, Work, Learn: The Lifestyle of a Forever Student

    Live, Work, Learn: The Lifestyle of a Forever Student

    Join us as we explore the landscape of lifelong learning and the evolution of educational spaces. Heather McGowan, future-of-work strategist, keynote speaker, thought leader, researcher, and author, leads us through a paradigm shift away from a linear model of learning and career paths toward a lifestyle characterized by perpetual growth and adaptability. This “Live. Work. Learn.” lifestyle will feature learning that is lifelong and personalized to the student and will change the way both classrooms and public spaces are designed.

    Heather's Website:  https://heathermcgowan.com/ 
    Heather's YouTube Channel of Talk Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@heatheremcgowan/videos

    • 28 min
    Education in 2030: Learning Is Everywhere, All at Once

    Education in 2030: Learning Is Everywhere, All at Once

    Welcome to Season 4 of the Alternative Design podcast! Join us as we envision a future where education seamlessly integrates into daily life. Explore the changes that will reshape how we live, work, and learn, from AI mentors guiding task prioritization to children testing different aspects of the corporate experience while still in school. In the year 2030, colleges and businesses come together to connect students to potential employers and mentors within their field of interest and ensure educational programs create job-ready graduates. Discover how popular campus spaces may be reimagined as libraries are transformed into immersive technology upskilling centers and outdated dormitories are reconfigured into hotels aimed at guests participating in “micro-sabbaticals”. Education will extend beyond classrooms and learning will take place in unlikely places. Listen in to witness the emergence of a new era of lifelong learning, where education is everywhere, all at once.

    Read the blog, Education in 2030: Four Forecasts Shaping the Future of Learning.

    • 17 min
    Season 4 Overview: The Future of Education

    Season 4 Overview: The Future of Education

    A brand new season of Alternative Design is dropping March 6th on the Future of Education. We're discussing what the latest global trends mean for the future of education and why it matters to creatives who will be designing learning environments! 

    The season will, of course, include a forecast of what we think the education industry could look like by 2028 and include topics like lifelong learning, climate change, corporate upskilling, gamified curriculum, and everyday activism. We'll have innovators, thought leaders, educators, and fellow futurists help us focus on what's next and how your education projects can be more "future-ready". 

    Come shape the future with us!

    • 1 min
    Sitting is the New Side Hustle: The Workplace in 2030

    Sitting is the New Side Hustle: The Workplace in 2030

    Welcome to the season finale episode of the Alternative Design podcast. In "Sitting is the New Side Hustle," we reveal our forecast for the Future of Work in 2030. We explore a world where furniture coordinates everything from personal data collection to generating extra income from energy-producing surfaces. Join us as we delve into the seamless integration of work and life, where values and purpose hold more significance than a paycheck. Employees thrive in a world where access is valued over ownership, leading to innovative co-ownership and new subscription models. Discover how the role of the designer will evolve to include "placemaking" of environments found within and beyond traditional office spaces. Stick around after the forecast as we provide 5 practical takeaways for designers to implement today, shaping a better future!

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    Watch The Workplace in 2030: 5 Trends to Watch

    • 25 min
    Upskill Uprising: Designing for Lifelong Learning

    Upskill Uprising: Designing for Lifelong Learning

    Imagine earning college credits by watching Youtube videos on your phone – that’s the reality Study Hall is crafting! Born out of a partnership between Youtube, Arizona State University, and Crash Course, Study Hall is breaking down barriers to education and signals a coming shift in the modern workplace. That’s right, in the not-so-distant future, your office won’t just be where you work, it’ll be where you learn and your boss may become your professor. In this role twist, designers will need to understand how to design personalized learning journeys in both digital and physical spaces that support upskilling of employees to adapt to new technologies. Join us as we give you the tools you need to design workplaces of the future to support lifelong learning.

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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138 Ratings

138 Ratings

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Thought Provoking

Kaelynn does a great job with the show and really brings in the design for future ideas.

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Loved every episode to date!

Very interesting perspectives

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Thought provoking and fun

This is not the typical content and perspective. Take a listen, you’ll love it. I do.

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