Nature at Work was hard to ignore at SXSW for those wanting to boost Talent Realization. Vitamin N (for Nature) was served 6 times in the Future of Work Track of SXSW Interactive! For those who missed it, below a quick harvest.
On popular demand the Bring Creativity into your Work, Company, and Life workshop took place twice ! A great confirmation of Annie Leeson’s 2009 Work Topology research findings that the Birth of an Idea is boosted by 3 catalysts: nature views, nature sounds (of water, wind and birds) and nature walks…ideally combined. Shout out to Aces Branding and Job Propulsion Lab for seeing the value of nature for thinking outside of the box!
During Nature's Boost for Attention in the Workplace Tim McGee, Biophilic lead at www.living-future.org, mentioned that US office workers are spending less time in the open air than the minimum UN recommend prisoner exercise time of 1 hour. This was confirmed last year by Ambius! Kathy Zarsky pointed out that the Rosemary plant boosts our memory function, so go cut a few sprigs and keep it near your desk!
Poly (previously Plantronics)‘s Beau Wilder, in his excellent Your Office Noise Sucks, Now What? session, referenced 2018 Oxford Economics research that 75% of employees say they need to take walks outside to focus. Poly’s comprehensive Habitat Soundscaping solution complements this with Nature Sound Scenes featuring in office waterfalls enriched with digital windows and skylights. Stop by for a sample experience at their global HQ in Santa Cruz, California or their award winning Amsterdam office in the Netherlands.
In NatureTech: Rewilding Human Habit, ILFI CEO Amanda Sturgeon stated that “ in Regenerative Design nature is a (free) technology in restoring buildings, neighborhoods, communities and cities to their full potential.“ We completely agree and were invited to participate at the upcoming Seattle Living Future unConference.
During my Nature at Work for Productivity, Health and Fulfillment panel, Liz Elam presented the wonderful CoCoNat (Community for Concentration in Nature) workation retreat in Germany. Have a look at https://vimeo.com/268392403 . Liz has Nature@Work at the heart of the https://usa.gcuc.co agenda with a Vitamin N keynote speech by Ozadi followed by a nature@work habit training workshop.
Ozadi also teamed up with Netwalk Global for daily nature sensing walks along the awesome Austin City lake trail. https://www.austintexas.gov/department/ann-and-roy-butler-hike-and-bike-trail.
Overall, nature at work was a well attended and well received topic in the multiple panels and workshops that were in the Future of Work track. With the prolific response and contacts made this year, we plan applying to participate again next year.
Thanks to Future of Work Curator Casey Slater for putting the spotlight on nature at work. Don’t miss SXSW2020, book now at Early Bird rate https://www.sxsw.com/attend/.
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