Nature of Work podcast with Shimrit Janes and Paul Miller


Episode 8: Germans have the perfect word for how work should feel: 'Arbeitswelt'

“There is a new university in Istanbul, designed with lots of open, outdoor spaces and indoor spaces with glass walls. So, you have this feeling that you are sitting in nature. And I think this shift is becoming more and more a reality.”- Christine KohlertThe past two years have sharpened our focus on topics such as empathy within the workplace, and helped to accelerate others, such as the physical and mental health of ourselves as well as our colleagues around us. Much has already changed, so what will the next generation of workspaces look like?In this episode, Paul and Shimrit are joined by the formidable Christine Kohlert – author, architect and professor. Christine shares her insights from her extensive research and experience, and offers us a glimpse of a more beautiful way to work.Aligning with the ‘Habitats’ element from the book Nature of Work, their conversation covers everything from the beauty and power of biophilic design to the functional and clever furniture that can enhance our working lives. This bright and optimistic discussion will leave you dreaming up your ideal workspace.Shownotes, links and resources for this episode: Space for Creative Thinking: Design principles for work and learning environments, by Christine Kohlert and Scott CooperDigital Workplace Impact episode 19: How and why physical workplaces change the way wework (with guests Christine Kohlert and Sally Augustin)

Episode 6: Roots to regeneration at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Lucasfilm

“The way in which we're able to tell our stories is really shifted. And then the folks that we are partnering with to tell those stories has also really expanded.” - Danielle O’Hare,Director of Talent Development,Lucasfilm and ILMMay the force and the latest episode ofNature of Workpodcast be with you!In this episode, we are excited to be joinedbyguests fromtwoiconic creative organizations:Danielle O’Hare,Director of Talent Development,Lucasfilm and ILM, and TracyCampbell,Director, Production Training & Development,Walt Disney Animation Studios.Many childhoods have been shaped by the stories and characters in moviessuch asThe Lion Kingfrom Walt Disney Animation Studios and Lucasfilm’sStar Wars. Driving forces behind these legendary films have been the strong roots of these organizations, the culture of innovation within them, and the spirit of rebellion to push boundaries, do the impossible and create something no one has seen before.In this powerful and inspiring conversation, Danielle and Tracy share a narrative of roots to regeneration, testifying to the strong roots, identities and legacies of their respective organizations. And yet, these companies are also continually regenerating and reinventing through the blending of art and science, creativity and technology. Both guests speak to the power of knowledge sharing and connection as ways to inform the magical and fantastical worlds created.Stories reflect real life, but they also have the power to create new realities. Both Danielle and Tracy reflect on the importance of bringing ever more diverse voices into the room, explaining their companies’ focus on diversity, inclusion and belonging. Representation matters for their employees, their audiences and the world.As the nature of work creates a new story of work, listen to be inspired by how the art of storytelling is ever-present at Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Animation Studios – and how they are owning the impact of these stories on the next generation, helping to shape new views.Show notes, links, and resources for this episode:Book:Nature of Work: A new story of work for a living ageNature of Work Live:Nature of Work Live

Episode 5: Behind the scenes of Nature of Work at Burford Literary Festival

“Our thesis is that you are alive. You just haven't really experienced yourself like that–andhowthismanifests itself inside organizations will be different.” - Paul Miller, CEO, Digital Workplace Group and Co-author of Nature of WorkThis episode of theNature of Workpodcast is your front-row seat at the firsteverBurford Literary Festival.Co-authors Paul Miller andShimritJanes recall their experience of writing theNature of Workbook,sharingwiththe festivalaudience the story and vision behindthe wholeNature of Workconceptandexplaininghow walks in the woods inspirednot only the content but the writing processas well.Taking a different approach to the traditional solitude and ‘hermit-like’ process of writing(asShimritdescribes it),they chose towork on the bookcollaboratively.Paul andShimritdiscuss the importance of having a team of people involved to help build the vision,tochallengethe ideasandtocontributethein-depth research andliving examples that bring the story to life.The conversationin this episode, includingaQ&A with thefestivalaudience,provides listeners with a taste of the writing process, how the book has been received,and what it’s like to self-publish. Listenalsoto hear more on how the pandemic and movements such as Black Lives Matter and Me Too shaped the story in real-time as it was being written.Show notes, links, and resources for this episode:Learn more about the book: natureofwork.comRegister for the event:

Episode 4: Healing the broken frontline of work

“The workplace is about the psychological concept and contract. It's about belonging for some people. It's about identityandpurpose, meaning that the workplace hasthesedifferent facets to it. And yes, physical space is an incredibly important part of that. But it's broader than that.”-Sarah Bolas, Director of Consultancy, MCMHybrid working and return-to-office strategies are front of mind for many organizations right now. As we reimagine and redesign our workspaces, balancing the digital and physical, in-person and remote, organizations should be challenged that ‘return to office’ very definitely doesn’t mean just returning to the past.The workplace has changed since the pandemic, with a greater emphasis on designing experiences rather than environments. Impressive physical spaces simply don’t meet the brief any more. Workspace design must dig deeper into the culture if it is to fit in this new world of work, seeking to create connection, strengthen relationships and instil a sense of belonging for all those involved from the office to the frontline.Drawing inspiration from cocoons and campfires, Sarah Bolas and Deepak Parmar of MCM share insights into the radical shifts occurring in workspaces, exploring how culture- and people-led design is healing the frontline experience by creating healthy, thriving work habitats that enhance well-being and deliver a more beautiful way of working in every way.Show notes, links, and resources for this episode:Book:Nature of Work: A new story of work for a living ageNature of Work Live:Nature of Work Live

Episode 3: Imagine a workplace as beautiful as Gaudi’s Barcelona

When you think of Barcelona, it’s hard not to conjure up images of Gaudi’s majestic architecture – an architect famous for taking common spaces and elevating them to a level of beauty where your emotions also have to rise to that level. Not just aesthetic beauty, but also the inspiration, aspiration, purpose, meaning and love this beauty evokes.In this episode of the Nature of Work podcast, Paul Miller and Shimrit Janes are joined by Nellie Hayat, Head of Workplace Transformation at VergeSense. Together they share stories from Silicon Valley and reflect on what draws travellers and visitors to the magnificence and wonders of Gaudi’s works, asking what we can learn from this in our quest to create more beautiful workplaces for the future as organizations consider their return-to-office strategies.What value will physical spaces and offices have in the future of work? Or is the era of the office as we know it now over? Drawing inspiration from nature, the conversation explores the concept of habitat, including how to create environments in which people feel safe, connected, empowered and purposeful about their work, their impact on the world, as well as other emerging trends and examples of how the workplace is being reimagined and changing our relationship with work.Show notes, links and resources for this episode:Get 10% off when you buy the Nature of Work book, using PODCAST21 at the checkout:

Episode 2: Embracing heart and soul at iconic fashion brand Stella McCartney

“Nature is in everything that we do, because that’s how the organization has been set up from grass roots.”- Abigail Wilmore, Chief People Officer, Stella McCartneyNature is a profound teacher. From the way gardens grow to how species take their rest when needed, there are many lessons deeply rooted in the structures, patterns and behaviours of the natural world from which organizations can learn as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and start to create the new story of work for a living age.Over the past 18 months, business resilience has really been put to the test as organizations have been forced to adapt quickly to the changing shape and nature of work as a result of COVID-19 – just as plant and animal species adapt to the ever-changing natural environment. The concept of resilience is not about bouncing back but rather about embracing change, reinventing and building back stronger. We can apply this concept to the new world of work.In this episode, Nature of Work co-authors, Paul Miller andShimritJanes, are joined by Abigail Wilmore, Chief People Office at Stella McCartney, and Lucy Colclough, Founder of Work Wild, who share living examples of how they have reinvented traditional organizational structures to be healthy, living systems, using nature as their guide.Drawing on the practices of biomimicry that seek to emulate and take inspiration from the power of nature to solve human problems, this episode provides guidance on: the importance of regular pulse checks; the power of introducing a new language of health, rest and growth to coexist with performance and efficiency; and the concept of heart-centred leadership to understand what brings you to life in the workplace, enabling the transformation from organization to organism.Show notes, links, and resources for this episode:Book:Nature of Work: A new story of work for a living ageNature of Work Live:Nature of Work Live