CoreNet Global Summit, London 2017
London | 12-14 September 2017 | Lancaster London
Early Bird rates expire 5 June 2017


Breakout Sessions

13 September 2017 | 9:00 - 10:30

Opening General Session: The Challenge of Change

Market segments are converging, industry lines are blurring and companies that have long stood the test of time are being disrupted at lightning speed. The shifting geopolitical landscape – shaken by a surge of nationalism and a backlash against globalisation – is further complicating an already unpredictable business environment. During this powerful opening session economist, Linda Yueh, will examine global economic growth and business performance against the backdrop of today’s volatile geopolitical climate. This timely economic outlook will set the stage for author, Johan Norberg, who will focus on globalisation and the implications of change. Together their straight talk and insights will provide a deeper understanding of world events to help you excel in the shifting, changing boundaries of the world in which we partner, compete, and collaborate.

13 September 2017 | 11:00 - 12:00

AI & Machines: A Curse or Blessing for Corporate Real Estate?

Corporate Real Estate is facing an exciting disruptive wave in a time where we can observe fundamental innovations impacting people's life, their jobs, spaces around them as well as technologies and utilities of their daily life. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the form of deep-learning machines or BOTs is starting to become part of our life and job.

13 September 2017 | 11:00 - 12:00

Unilever’s Employee Experience: Partnering at its Best!

When Unilever’s CEO announced a transformational vision for the business its CRE team stepped up to the challenge. They became the driver of change by partnering with digital, technology and HR to transform the business. A focus on a single key concept- employee experience allowed this transformation to occur. Discover how Unilever's workplace team tackled the employee experience along-side the business's Change for Growth strategy and Zero Based Budgeting. A diverse panel representing HR, IT, and CRE will discuss how to knit together these functions and gain rapid internal buy in.

13 September 2017 | 13:30 - 14:30

Mindful Leadership

During this workshop, Louise Chester will share the latest research from Potential Project’s upcoming Harvard Business Press book ‘The Mind of a Leader’ and how to deploy certain mind training techniques to sustain mental effectiveness throughout your day.

13 September 2017 | 13:30 - 14:30

Tuning Up: Tools & Approaches for Improving Workplace Wellbeing

Art in the workplace can lead to increased productivity and help make the workplace a living, breathing environment. However, workplace wellbeing cannot be achieved through art alone. As lines continue to blur within the workplace, employers are facing unprecedented pressure to understand what constitutes a working environment that promotes wellness.

13 September 2017 | 13:30 - 14:30

Transformation in Africa and Empowering 'The Cheetah Generation'

Africa contains 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world. It is a complex jigsaw of 54 countries with varied challenges and constraints. Rapid urbanisation is creating significant opportunities for socio-economic development, whilst putting pressure on infrastructure and resources, particularly energy. Africa's future requires strong political leadership to drive transformation through economic diversification, job creation and by tackling inequality.

13 September 2017 | 15:00 - 16:00

What’s Next for the Contingent Worker?

This panel session will assess the proposition that current workspace design is "failing" the part time worker. Offices have been unsuccessful in enticing women back into work and are failing the contingent workforce that use the workplace in a different way. With an ageing population in many EMEA countries, it is imperative that occupiers engage these workers.

13 September 2017 | 15:00 - 16:00

LIFEWORKING: Powered by Human Experience

LIFEWORKING goes beyond work-life-balance. It's how people feel about their place of work; how empowered, engaged and fulfilled they are; the positive, purposeful fusion of life and work based on real human experiences. A place of work is more than just a property. It's an environment that can help individuals and businesses achieve their ambitions. In phase one of this global research project with 7000+ employees across 12 countries, we set out to demonstrate how transformational Experience can be for end users. This research has helped develop a unique tool to help organisations define, measure and implement their experiential priorities. Built around the three pillars of engagement, empowerment and fulfilment the tool can help organisations of all sizes to meet their LIFEWORKING ambitions. Dive into the 10 recommendations to drive human experience and deliver future-proof workplaces.

13 September 2017 | 15:00 - 16:00

Positive Disconnectivity

Do you ever switch off? How often do you check your emails or smart phone? In light of the advances in technology over the last decade, the Young Leaders of CoreNet Global will be discussing the pros and cons of increased connectivity and the effect it has on our society, economy and wellbeing. During this interactive session, they will brainstorm how to maximise the positives and minimise the negatives – with the takeaway being better Positive Disconnectivity for all.

13 September 2017 | 15:00 - 16:00

It’s a Wicked World

The enterprise focus for the last ten to fifteen years has been on improving processes and increased efficiency. In an ever changing world or organisation with multiple clients, stakeholders and objectives, one style of leadership is not going to be enough to deal with the different problems you will encounter.

14 September 2017 | 9:00 - 11:00

Learning Theatre - Workshop: Fostering Innovation in Your Business

Why are we confronted oftentimes with difficulties concerning innovation in real estate? In this workshop we will show that individuals, organisations, and whole industries are based on specific patterns of thought and patterns of how they perceive the world. On the one hand these patterns define their business and guide their behaviors.

14 September 2017 | 9:45 - 10:15

Knowledge Café - Working Well - How Work Can be Good for You

Toxic workplaces jeopardise employee wellbeing, leading to poor productivity, long-term sickness and ultimately impacting staff recruitment and retention. While most organisations recognise the importance of keeping employees safe, the same focus is not always given to wellness. With 9.9 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in Great Britain in 2014/15, employees' health and happiness can have a direct impact on business performance. Making improvements to the physical environment can help organisations create spaces and working cultures that encourage creativity, support wellbeing and increase job satisfaction. Redesigning and reimagining the workplace to better support how work is done now and in the future not only enhances wellbeing, it also improves performance and productivity. Discover five key steps organizations should take to rethink the physical environment to improve employee wellbeing, including looking at internal pollutants, team neighborhoods, biophilia and big data

14 September 2017 | 10:30 - 11:00

Tech Hub - Using Virtual Reality to Assess Office Speech Privacy

Communication is key to the success of a workplace. Different people have different communication needs – some need to be able to speak face-to-face and to be understood, others require privacy, while others need to be distraction free. The concept of speech intelligibility (being able to understand, as well as hear, speech) is familiar to us all. But, how do we express this in workplace design? Computer simulations allow us to create auralisations, to predict how a space will sound before it is built. Combined with virtual reality, we now have a tool that lets people see, as well as hear, how a space will look and sound whilst still in the design stage. This is a game changer and moves the often abstract nature of acoustic design into something that everyone can understand and appreciate. Developments in new technology and how it is being used to aid design, including audio visual demonstrations are part of this timely session.

14 September 2017 | 11:15 - 12:15

Atlassian: A Revolution in Workspace

As one of Australia's fastest growing companies, Atlassian is a revolution in workplace. They believe that great software is built with a manifesto, an iterative process, and one that places customers at the highest priority. Over the past 5 years Atlassian has been voted in the top 3 of Great Places to Work.

14 September 2017 | 11:15 - 12:15

Corporate Real Estate Metrics: Enablers or Barriers to Workplace Transformation?

The world of workplace has more data at its disposal than ever before. This has the potential to fuel a new wave of evidence-based, human-centric design. But it also has the potential to fuel myopic data-driven mistakes. There are many frameworks to help those working within the corporate real estate (CRE) realm acquire a holistic view of how assets are performing.

14 September 2017 | 11:15 - 12:15

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Join this focused workshop to understand the limitations of the brain’s executive centre and how to deploy the neuroscience of optimal performance. Get a clear overview of the growing neuroscience evidence base of the benefits of mindfulness for attention, stress reduction, performance, decision-making, emotion regulation and wellbeing. Explore the case for a mindfulness-based leadership paradigm for the 21st century.

14 September 2017 | 11:15 - 12:15

Active Architecture: Data Insights to Action

As the widespread adoption of smartphones brought our population online, networked systems generated incredible value across sectors, creating entirely new economies. Systems as diverse as taxi hailing and deep sea research are enabled by GPS in smartphones. Yet many of today’s buildings remain analog. This is not for lack of sophistication – technologies are emerging that are bringing buildings online. Embedded digital/physical systems form an Internet of Things (IoT), in buildings, are generating a tremendous amount of spatial data relating to temperature change, movement, and interaction.

14 September 2017 | 14:15 - 15:15

Explore 2017: International Cities Business Index

The ability to quantify and evaluate cities is a tremendous first step in determining future suitability of business operations in any site selection process. The Explore 2017 International Cities Business Index identifies the merits of key regional cities of commerce and establishes empirical reasoning towards leveraging the benefits of location in the global economy. The ExPLoRE report series is defined by site selection methodology, the cornerstone of which is thorough Examination of Places and Locations through Research and Evaluation (EXPLoRE). The locations in this report represent 469 cities with populations of at least 500,000 in 2015. Real estate cost and location are only part of the equation with additional emphasis is being placed on labor, training, utilities, and brand perception.

14 September 2017 | 14:15 - 15:15

Cities of Influence - Where to Find the Best Talent

Where can superior talent be found? Participate in an audience quiz and learn about the eleven objective factors that can be used to measure attractiveness. These factors were identified using highly detailed analysis of a wide range of aspects impacting the attractiveness and magnetism of twenty major European economic hubs. The factors: Economic Output Workforce Size & Composition, Economy/Workforce Orientation, Labour Capacity & Growth Prospects, Fresh Talent: Students & Universities, English Language Skills, City Affordability Factors, Labour Cost, Office Availability & Cost, Country Risk and Labour Market Flexibility, will be posited against twenty major European economic hubs. One of the critical components of the research highlights the need for occupiers to focus on talent, and the productivity of that talent.

14 September 2017 | 14:15 - 15:15

Balance and Renew Your Energy Workshop

The way in which we work can cause exhaustion and contribute to job stress. This lively workshop demonstrates valuable stress and resiliency techniques that can improve and nurture your energy, restore focus and help to prevent injury and illness. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to use biofeedback monitors to gain insights into your energy levels and how to reduce fatigue.

14 September 2017 | 14:15 - 15:15

Shell’s Krakow Service Centre Strategy

Shell successfully delivered a strategy of consolidating business operations into selected cost-advantaged locations alongside a rigorous program of simplification, standardisation and automation. They currently have 7 Business Operations centres globally spread across several business partners including Finance, HR, IT, Procurement and Downstream. One of the main centres of Shell Business Operations (SBO) is in Krakow, Poland and is the focus of this case study presentation. Discover how Shell’s CRE team acted as strategic service provider and partner. Shell’s Real Estate team managed the project, from site selection and lease negotiations to fit out and move. Lessons learned will be shared including: delivering a workplace for Generation Y, brand awareness, wellbeing, sustainability, connectivity, amenities and creating Shell’s culture for a vibrant community of service minded staff.

14 September 2017 | 14:15 - 15:15

Co-Working Is Here to Stay

There is a major change happening in workplace systems. Perhaps, you are not aware of its magnitude. It’s Co-Working and there is no next thing after co-working. There is a reason that WeWork has grown so fast and is now New York's largest tenant. It's about the fundamentals that we ALL want: choice, freedom, trust, flexibility, diversity, and experience over ownership. These are in fact the fundamentals of the next generation of Activity Based Working and Agile working systems. This session will show you how no organization will survive into the future without a workplace or a culture built on these fundamentals.

14 September 2017 | 14:15 - 15:15

Demystifying Experience Design: Tools, Application, and Rationale

Your enterprise strives to achieve customer satisfaction and brand loyalty through great experiences. This session will detail Sodexo’s Experience Design practice and Johnson and Johnson's (J&J) Project Essence, their global workplace experience strategy and how experience design practice has aligned with their business goals and culture. Case studies will show why Sodexo and J&J prioritized certain services to go through more robust experience design processes and how they used their work influenced each-other by prioritizing which services needed consistency across global sites. They will share insights on how to involve the right stake-holders as part of workplace strategy and overall change management. You will have an opportunity to use real tools to design an experience of your own.

14 September 2017 | 14:15 - 15:15

Gamification, Sensors, Wearables: Innovative Tools for Anytime/Anywhere Performance Tracking

Digital technologies are changing how, when and where work is performed. Remote working, activity-based working, e-working, smart working, flexible work - may save corporate resources and employee time, while possibly improving work-life balance.

14 September 2017 | 15:45 - 17:00

Closing General Session: Are You Future Proof?

You live in a time of extraordinary change. Technologies are advancing at exponential rates and business disruption is the norm. What was learned at school and university is now severely outdated. David Rowan, Editor-at-large of WIRED magazine’s UK edition will spark your imagination as he deconstructs tech trends in real time – how the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and more are changing business and consumers. He’ll help you connect-the-dots, see new opportunities, and think differently.