Briefing for How is London working? Innovation in the capital’s workplaces

Time and location

Thursday 7 October 2010 from 08:30 to 10:00. Please can you arrive at DEGW for 08:00.

Location: DEGW, MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6QS

Please sign in at the main reception, who will direct you. We will then introduce you to your fellow speakers and your chair, and pass on any final updates.


Philip Tidd, managing director, DEGW UK
Volker Buscher Director of Consulting, Arup
Jonathan Robinson, co-founder, The Hub
Chair: Frank Duffy, author of Work and the City

Event description – How is London working? Innovation in the capital’s workplaces

Work is central to our lives yet the workplace is rarely discussed in public.

Work spaces in London have evolved through seventeenth century coffee houses to the ‘offices as factories’ of the nineteenth, and to spaces that merge work and play in the late twentieth. In the last 30 years workplaces in London have moved to purpose built structures that can house the networks and services of the modern office.

Information and communication technology now allows many people to work from anywhere: ‘the city is the office’ with new workspaces springing up around the London for mobile working, while the City has been wirelessly networked for many years.

But while work has left the office many companies are still sticking to the 9 to 5 routine, and employees still perceive there to be real benefits in workplaces, such as serendipitous encounters and more nuanced communication. Meanwhile a new generation of ‘digital natives’ familiar with social networks, sophisticated consumer technology and multi-tasking is entering the office, presenting new opportunities and challenges for managers and organisations.

How has London past and present dealt with such developments? What are the new areas of work we need to support? In the age of net-working, how well is real collaboration actually supported? And what are the significant changes and innovations in the workplace we should expect in London and elsewhere?

More information and booking: Booking page

Format and presentations

Welcome, scene setting and speaker introduction by chair: 5 minutes.

Philip Tidd: 15 minutes.

Volker Buscher: 15 minutes.

Jonathan Robinson, via video link: 15 minutes.

Q&A and debate: 30 minutes.

Summing up/final remarks and thanks: 5 minutes.


Please send us your presentation in advance to [email protected] We will liaise with the technicians at DEGW to ensure that it works.

Marketing and promotion

Online advertising for the Festival included distribution of the printed Guide in Time Out (75,000 copies) on 23 September and in the Saturday Guardian (230,000 copies) on 25 September. This has been followed by a Tube poster run, and a large screen Tube platform advertising campaign.

We would like you to share information about the event and promote it via Twitter, Facebook, blogs or on any websites that you are associated with.

For Twitter, you could use / adapt the following text:

I’m speaking at How is London working? about the future of work in London 7/10 #StoryofLondon

The Mayor’s Story of London Festival 2010 #StoryofLondon

The Twitter handle for the Festival is @StoryofLondon and the hashtag for Tweets is #StoryofLondon.


There is also a Facebook page for the Story of London.

Guest list

You can invite up to 5 guests. If you would like more, just let us know and we’ll check and confirm. Please email your guest-list to [email protected]


The event may be filmed or otherwise recorded. We may ask you if you will allow us to use these recordings for event documentation.


Nico Macdonald: +44 7973 377 897 Laura North: +44 77 7924 0556 [email protected]