Coworking coincidences

Whilst coworking at Hub Melbourne I noticed via Yammer a new member, Dr Wendy Elford. I went to school with Wendy who now specialises in workplace design through her consultancy ‘Now to Next’. She’s so involved in this field she’s achieved a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Design, after initially studying Physiotherapy, then moving into ergonomics before making the move into design.

Dr Wendy Elford

Dr Wendy Elford presenting a seminar

Dr Elford held a fascinating ‘Work Design’ seminar about ‘future proofing your workplace’ in October 2013 which I attended. One of the attendees, architect Graham Kirkwood, runs a new coworking space (which I’ve since checked out, more about that later) called ‘Workplace’ within his architectural practice ‘Resource Architecture’. It is a small, intimate coworking space in an art deco building in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Workplace was established in 2013. Graham wants the desks to be used by permanent coworkers.

“I am sure there will be many more coincidences
and small world encounters …”

Wendy is just one of a number of Hub members I have come to know who work in the area of future trends in workplace design.

Wendy runs a variety of seminars on workplace design, OH&S and related subjects. One of her upcoming seminars in Melbourne on 30 January 2014 entitled ‘Risky business: WHS for the mobile office worker’ delves into the implications of the use of Google Glasses, amongst other topics. It sounds fascinating. Here’s the link to more information on that event which can be booked through Eventbrite – Risky business … by Dr Wendy Elford.

I am sure there will be many more coincidences and small world encounters in the coming months and years as I continue on my coworking journey.

Cheers, Jane Deany

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