After Work? – Design as a Tool in Building Sustainable Future of Work

28.2.2018 9:45–21:00

Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki (symposium), and Katajanokanlaituri 5, Helsinki (evening reception)

Languages: English, Finnish

9.45-16 Symposium at Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemenkatu 9
19-21 Evening reception at Helsinki Design Week’s office, Katajanokanlaituri 5

The concept of work is experiencing a revolution and this is a global megatrend. The revolution is defined by, among others, sustainability, ageing of the population, digitalisation and robotisation. Questions about the relationship between work and income, the nature of learning and education as well as the social, ethical and ecological sustainability of future work are relevant to us all. The revolution challenges traditional understanding of work, professional know-how and livelihood, and thus even the basic principles of a welfare society.

On 28th February, the Nordic Culture Point, Arctic Design Week and the Nordic Region in Focus will organise an After Work? Symposium in Helsinki. Join us to hear about the future of work and about the role design can play in the process! In the afternoon workshop, you will learn how to use design thinking as a tool for managing the transit of work in your own life through practical case examples.


9.45             Morning coffee

10.00          Inspiration speeches at the Nordic Culture Point

  • Introduction
  • Julia Jousilahti, researcher, Demos Helsinki: The revolution of work
  • Julius Oförsagd, CEO & Design director, Arctic Factory Producer, Arctic Design Week: Sustainability and the concept of Arctic Design
  • Break 5-10 mins
  • Keynote: Eva Brandt, professor, KADK: Rehearsing the future by collaborative design

12.30           Lunch at Nordic Investment Bank’s diner. Self-paid. 10,40€ / pp.

13.30-16     Workshop at Nordic Culture Point. Workshop directed at the general public, design professionals, decision-makers and the business sector. No previous knowledge of design is required. Hosted by Julius Oförsagd, Arctic Design Week and Julia Jousilahti, Demos Helsinki.

19-21           Networking event hosted by Helsinki Design Week. Networking event for the participants of the workshop and selected stakeholders.


The Nordic Culture Point is an official Nordic cultural institution. The organisation administers four Nordic grant programmes, runs a Nordic cultural centre and special library in the heart of Helsinki, and arranges cultural events. The Nordic Culture Point is an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Arctic Design Week takes place annually in Rovaniemi, Finland, concentrating on the concept of Arctic Design and its core value, sustainability. The event is organized by the city of Rovaniemi and the University of Rovaniemi.

The Nordic Region in Focus is a project operating under the Nordic Council of Ministers. It aims to increase the knowledge on the Nordic region and the official Nordic collaboration. The activities are mainly directed at government officials, politicians, advocacy groups and media.

In collaboration with: Demos Helsinki, Design Club, Helsinki Design Week, Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark in Helsinki.


The afternoon workshop is now fully booked.
You can register on the waiting list here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8C20B3AC3CEBBAFC

NB: No registration is required for the inspirational speeches section.


Emilia Koivunen, Head of Communications, Nordic Culture Point
emilia.koivunen@nordiskkulturkontakt.org, +358 50 346 0640

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