Digitization is affecting our lives in many ways, and this is becoming more and more apparent at work. The developments entail some risks, but also offer great potentials. For example, increasing automation and the more extensive use of machine learning could lead to the loss of many jobs in the future. This gives us the opportunity for a comprehensive reorientation in terms of work. Today’s concept of wage labor, which focuses solely on the end product and ultimately on maximizing profit, must be questioned in light of current economic and social developments. The economic system is heading for a crisis, and it is time to develop new forms of collaboration in which people with all their needs and the purpose for society are at the center of entrepreneurial activity. At this point, digitization also plays a crucial role, because only the appropriate technology makes it possible, for example, to work in a decentralized and asynchronous manner. The Corona pandemic has opened many people’s eyes to the upheavals that lie ahead for our way of working in the future. In the current “home office” intensive test phase, both the advantages and disadvantages of these developments became clear. Social isolation is probably the most decisive negative effect of office abstinence. More than ever before, the importance of the workplace as a place for social exchange and creative collaboration became apparent. And even if decentralized working becomes more mainstream after the pandemic, these aspects will remain.
Based on our research in the field of non-violent communication and the idealistic notions of the “New Work” movement, we have designed a concrete spatial concept that reflects the current developments towards more personal responsibility and needs orientation and transfers them into a future utopia of an ideal workplace. The concept represents a starting point. The spaces presented require further elaboration. Facilities and processes need to be evolved. And finally, the concept can also be transferred to other settings such as the education sector.
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