Call for Submissions: Speak at the TO DO Talks Symposium


Submission Deadline

Design September 22, 2017

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The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 15-21, 2018.

TO DO Talks Symposium: Designing the Future of Work

The world is increasingly digital and with it, so too is work. With a widespread shift towards greater connectivity, and robots capable of performing complex tasks, the landscape of work has changed dramatically, rendering a future that is less predictable and more complex.

This new landscape offers a rousing combination of opportunities and challenges. Technology drives economic growth. It improves workflow, communication, and “efficiency” for organizations and employees, and thereby enriches work lives, making them less tedious, while creating new kinds of value and possibilities. Yet, jobs are increasingly unstable, or have disappeared altogether…

Design plays a major role in reshaping the way we work. It helps us imagine different futures, transitioning “old ways” of doing things, to new and “better” ways of doing and being. We seek designers and thinkers to give presentations that inspire. Talks may be about current research or case studies, new products or technologies, spaces or experiences, speculative design or strategies, or new processes or policies. We welcome diverse perspectives and responses to the theme of designing the future of work.

Deadline: all submissions are due Friday, September 22, 2017 by 11:59pm EST.

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