Keynote: Designing Organisations to be More Human

Tuesday 26 March, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
Pre event networking: WG407 Mini Forum

Keynote: WE240

Organisations are generally the place we manifest our potential and action in the world. With roughly 80,000 hours spent in work and a critically challenged planet with 7.7 billion people, we have to re-think the way we think about work.

A new generation is rising up, looking for work that has meaning, purpose, flexibility and agency. An existing workforce is living and working amidst uncertainty and increasing levels of change. The future is de-centralised - and yet we need to stick together more than ever before.

In our technological and networked future, instead of fearing our fate, let’s ask ourselves: What are the things that make it worth being a human for the next 100 years? How can we design organisations that enable humans to thrive, and continue to attract the best talent to have a real and positive impact on the world?

We’re hearing about smart contracts, collective intelligence, self-driving cars and robotic warehouses. As we automate more of what we do, and gain access to tools that unlock new ways of organising, where does this leave the humans?


Masterclass: Organisations of the Future - Labs for Life-Long Learning

Wednesday 27 March, 1:30pm – 4:30pm 
Venue TBC

How do you design an organisation that learns all the time?

Rapid changes in technology, roles and ways of working require new skills, new adaptability, and re-envisioning what a learning culture looks like to ensure organisations and their talent are future-fit. If it looks like people aren't learning fast enough to keep up with the new skills and capabilities needed, is it possible to design an organisation where people learn all the time?

Join this masterclass to learn how to implement systems that foster lifelong learning in your organisation, starting at a personal and practical level. This is a practical lab which will give you new perspectives on how people work, learn and grow. We will explore patterns from horizontal leadership, how to foster a culture of experimentation and real practices that can be implemented tomorrow. You will walk away with a first iteration of a real-life learning experience.

The masterclass will be offered by Phoebe Tickell, Sandra Chemin and Sandra Otto, experienced facilitators from Enspiral, a pioneer organisation awarded for their achievements in the Future of Work.


  • Phoebe Tickell

    Phoebe Tickell

Phoebe Tickell

Phoebe Tickell is an innovator, collaboration catalyst and serial systems entrepreneur living the future of work and shaping the future of education and business. She has spent the last 5 years at the edge of experimentation and innovation in areas that are crucial to building human-centred organisations: life-long learning, deep collaboration, and new organisational structures.

With a first-class degree in Biological Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, Phoebe started her career as a genetic engineer working in genetic and molecular networks at Imperial College London. A passion for re-inventing and innovating the education system led her to help co-found the organisation 225 Academy, which delivered 5-day transformative experiences for young people aged 11-18 globally - taking the team to high schools in Dubai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore among others.

Her second organisation, Future Farm Lab, facilitated workshops, delivered consultancy and created unique learning programmes that bridged the worlds of food, farming, technology and society.

A trip to New Zealand in 2017 for the launch of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship led to an invitation to join the Enspiral Network as a Member. Enspiral is a global network of people that functions as a ‘living lab’ to develop new tools, work cultural practices, and ventures which experiment with new ways of working.

Phoebe’s third start-up, Tech For Humanity - in collaboration with SynBiCITE at Imperial College London - is a series of talks, networking events and online & offline educational courses exploring the ethics of technology and the possibility of uniting humanity and technology.

An Associate Lecturer at Schumacher College UK, Phoebe teaches courses on biomimicry and science. In February 2018 Phoebe was sought after by eminent physicist and systems theorist Fritjof Capra to be the course development manager for the Capra Course on systems thinking.

Phoebe is pioneering systems development for the practice of working non-hierarchically, establishing innovation programmes and collaborative internal innovation ecosystems, developing future resilience, understanding of technology, and shifting to more decentralised, non-hierarchical and participatory cultures. She is currently working with well-known practitioner Samantha Slade on developing “Going Horizontal” trainings, workshops and resources to develop horizontal leadership. She is an experienced facilitator and design thinker who can support groups in thinking together in innovative ways leading to collective intelligence.

Phoebe Tickell