Collaborative workshop highlights a future of work defined by purpose

Published:05 June 2019

CQUniversity's Office of Social Innovation recently hosted a workshop, as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2019, which encouraged participants to reimagine ecosystems that support a meaningful future of work.

Imagine a future of work defined by purpose. This was the theme of the CQUniversity Office of Social Innovation's recent three-hour dynamic workshop that challenged its participants to reimagine ecosystems that support a meaningful future of work.

The workshop was held in partnership with representatives from The Reach Foundation, FYA, Headspace, Neighbourlytics, School Strike for Climate Action and PwC Australia, as part of the Melbourne Knowledge Week 2019 festival.

The seven-day festival, organised by the City of Melbourne, brought together major corporations, start-ups, entrepreneurs, community groups and universities to offer workshops, performances, and celebrations for all ages.

The theme of this year’s festival – So, what if the future isn’t what you expect? – tied in nicely with a focus area of CQUni’s Office of Social Innovation Changemaker Strategic DirectionsBright Youth Futures.

CQUniversity Social Innovation Program Manager Ashley Clarke said the workshop attracted 65 participants from a range of employment backgrounds.

“Participants included high school and university students, architects, designers, and leaders from the corporate, social and education sectors, who were all engaged and challenged by the material presented,” Ms Clarke said.

“Using human-centred design principles, the workshop prompted new ways of thinking about the future of work, supercharged participants’ imaginations and moved their motivation to actively shape our world.

“Participants heard from workshop representatives before breaking into groups to discuss a utopian workplace and ways to achieve it. Groups then presented their ideas and representatives provided constructive feedback."

Ms Clarke said although the event was free of charge, it was great to see registration numbers reach capacity and to hear the quality of discussions.

“It's so rare to have 65 people, from 15-year-olds to senior executives, come together to imagine a future of work that benefits us all. It was amazing to witness and be part of."