Webinar review: “ Blessed are the Placemakers, For They Shall Inherit the Real Estate Market ”

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Recorded on February 19th, 2015

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Date: February 19th, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time Zone (USA)


 James Ware, Executive Director, The Future of Work…Unlimited & Co-Founder, Occupiers Journal
 Paul Carder, Researcher & Tutor, University of the West of England & Co-Founder, Occupiers Journal

In a future where people do not have to be in any particular place, they will go where they want to be. There has been an explosion of choices in where and when to get work done. Millions of workers today are telecommuting several days a week, if not full time. An entire new industry has emerged in the last decade: there are now thousands of co-working facilities and services available to workers on short notice, and for as little as an hour at a time. We are seeing the birth of an entirely new industry – “Placemakers,” who are designing, managing and operating places where people and organizations want to be. Cities with the most popular places will win the war to attract talent; so Placemakers will be vital to the future prosperity of any aspiring city. These developments will inevitably prove highly disruptive to established organizations and the current property marketplace. Who will be the winners and losers in this new economic world order? There is now an essential need for property economics to be considered, in the balance with other factors and disciplines. In fact, a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to understand property economics in the context of wider long-range social, economic, environmental and technological trends. Property is too often considered from the perspective of the property supply industry rather than the users of buildings. While it is important to have an economically profitable supply of property, it is at least as important, if not more vital to the wider global economy, that the supply of property is aligned to changing social, economic and environmental demands on the users (occupiers) of property. Understanding how this new industry sector will develop and evolve is critical for real estate and FM professionals.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review the radical transformation underway in the real estate marketplace.
2. Identify the drivers of change: co-working, telecommuting, service providers and mobile technology.
3. Explore a vision of the future, wherein workplace provisioning has become a consumer-driven industry.
4. Discuss implications of this transformation for current real estate and professional services firms, end-user occupiers and individual workers.

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Presenter(s) Biography:

 James P. Ware, PhD
Jim Ware works with change leaders to design and implement compelling work experiences that foster high levels of organizational performance and employee engagement. He is a former Harvard Business School professor who has spent his entire career teaching clients how to invent their own futures. Jim is the founder and Executive Director of The Future of Work…unlimited, Global Research Director for Occupiers Journal Limited, and a Partner with the FutureWork Forum. He is also a co-founder of the new Great Work Cultures movement.
 Jim is a co-author of four books on the digital economy; he is currently completing the manuscript for Changing the Corporate Conversation (to be published in 2015).
 He is currently the Treasurer and president-elect of the National Speakers Association of Northern California chapter and a member of the World Future Society and the Association for Strategic Planning. He is also the immediate past president of the Corporate Real Estate Council of IFMA, the International Facilities Management Association. He holds PhD, M.A., and B.Sc. degrees from Cornell University and an MBA (With Distinction) from Harvard Business School. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Paul Carder, Co-founder Occupiers Journal Ltd, Publisher of Work&Place; Tutor at the University of the West of England


Paul has recently moved into academia, as a Tutor and PhD researcher at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, UK. His research will be of interest to developers of alternative workspace, as it will focus on attracting people. His draft PhD title is “PLACEMAKER: the role of corporate real estate (CRE) departments, in creating and managing sustainable and effective places, to attract and retain employees”. It will apply scenario thinking to the future of work and workscapes.

Paul is co-founder of www.OccupiersJournal.com, its ‘Chief Networking Officer’, and Publisher of Work & Place, the periodical journal for workplace strategists. He formed the many groups that carry the Occupiers Journal name, and built a global network largely using LinkedIn. Paul now maintains an active network of over 30,000 professionals in CRE, FM and Workplace fields around the world.

Paul has specialised in comparative analysis between occupier organisations and their CRE & FM supply chains, drawing on over twenty years of experience in the corporate workplace and facilities management fields. Prior to forming Occupiers Journal, Paul worked with Advanced Workplace Associates in the UK to create and build the “Workplace Performance Innovation Network”. His prior experience also included in-house roles at Barclays Bank, International Director at IPD Occupiers, work with several global FM suppliers, and consulting/advisory roles. His core experience spans client research, workplace strategy, performance management and supplier management. Paul has written many papers for Workplace and FM journals, and spoken at conferences on corporate real estate, FM and performance management, around the world.

Paul has four children (two boys and two girls) and splits his time between St. Ives, near Cambridge, and his University role in Bristol. He also goes off-grid and walks with his dog in the Dartmoor National Park, his real home.

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