What’s Happened/Happening: July/August 2012

Raising the Bar

As you may know, Jim Ware, in addition to his leadership of The Future of Work….unlimited, is also a co-founder of Occupiers Journal Limited (OJL). He serves as Global Research Director for OJL.

And OJL recently announced its first 2012 research project, “Raising the Bar: Enhancing the Strategic Role of Facilities Management.”

Most importantly, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, (RICS) is sponsoring the study. The final report will be published in mid-October.

There will also be a panel discussion focused on the research at World Workplace 2012 featuring the OJL report authors, two facilities management executives, and a representative of RICS:

  • Marcus Bowen, OJL
  • Paul Carder, OJL
  • Diane Coles, MCR, SCAN Health Plan
  • Rich Etheredge, JDSU
  • Gary Evans, RICS
  • Jim Ware, PhD, OJL

The panel convenes at 11:45 AM on Friday, November 2. You will want to be there; all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the RICS report.

The study addresses the following kinds of questions:

  • How is facilities management currently organized and governed?
  • What are the most common organizational structures and reporting relationships?
  • How well are FM and workplace strategies aligned with the business, with financial strategies, with CRE, and with functional peers?
  • How is the FM function measured and managed?
  • What issues and challenges are FM managers facing in 2012?

You can read more about the study here:


Talking About Tomorrow

We have long wanted to engage more directly with smart practitioners and independent experts, as we all drive in parallel towards the future of work. Now we have found a way.

We took a first step towards creating an active community of workplace/workforce futurists last February, when twenty very smart people joined me for a one-hour free-wheeling conversation about the future of work.

Our subsequent calls have been equally engaging, and we now have a LinkedIn discussion group limited to “alumni” of these calls. Participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, so we will continue to host these calls, about once a month, for the foreseeable future.

The conversations are limited to no more than fifteen people who have registered in advance to ensure that they become active, meaningful conversations rather than one-way “pontifications.”

However there is still room for new participants on September 20, the next scheduled conversation (we are taking some time off in July and August).

To sign up for the September 20 conversation, just send an email directly to Jim. Please tell us your company name and position (to help us know who you are). We will then reply with a call-in number and related information. We look forward to exploring the future together!

And please follow us on Twitter for more current updates on the future of work and our future plans:

http://www.twitter.com/thefutureofwork and http://www.twitter.com/jpwoccupiers.

You can always check on our travels and conference participation via our online calendar of events, on the website (http://thefutureofwork.net), in the right-hand column.

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