The evil twins of office design

The evil twins of office design

Many years ago a client commissioned me to write an article on their beautiful new offices.  The building was indeed impressive – sleek, sustainable and sophisticated. The work spaces were all bathed in natural light, desks and chairs were ergonomically designed and dotted here and there were soft seating areas where staff could hold meetings from the comfort of a squishy sofa or beanbag. 

To my mind there was only one downside – it was all open plan. I was wrong however, because as I soon discovered, ‘open plan’ was accompanied by its evil twin - ‘agile’…

Definitely not quiet

Definitely not quiet

I wrote recently about the air of nihilism in some corners of the media.  The blog was entitled, ‘Let’s not go quietly’, and was a nod to the famous poem by Dylan Thomas.    

I was invoking the poem as a call to arms against this air of defeatism, the ‘dying of the light’ in my interpreation at least, being the loss of hope and agency that seemed to be doing the rounds…

Let’s not go quietly

Let’s not go quietly

There’s a heart-wrenching scene in Toy Story 3 where Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the gang are stuck in an incinerator. Climbing frantically against a tide of rubbish that’s being steadily sucked into a fiery pit, Jessie turns to Buzz and cries, ‘What do we do?” After a moments’ pause, he reaches out and takes her hand. They exchange a look, and then Jessie reaches for Bullseye the horse, halting his frantic paddling against the tide. One by one, all of the toys hold hands and stop struggling. [Spoiler alert, this is Pixar so there’s a happy ending.]…