How Trends and Leaders Shape the Workplace of the Future
Original Publication: Office Insight, September 2011, pg 15
Gimme Some Slack!
Can Design Save us from Efficiency?
Original Publication: Contract Design Magazine, June 2011, pg 72
The design and consulting industry have become addicted to “picking up slack” ... eliminating inefficiencies that can be “measurably reduced”. But the best business thinkers today believe that slack is essential to innovation and a sustainable economy. Can the design industry get past our dead-end obsession with short-term efficiency and begin nurturing some "slack" before it’s too late?
The Consulting Advantage
IIDA Journal, Spring 2011, pg 25
The Innovation Paradox:
How Innovation Products Threaten the Innovation Process
Original Publication: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Vol 10, 2 Nov 2010
Innovation outputs may appear prolific and encouraging today - but will this last? This paper proposes that certain cognitive and cultural attributes vital to innovation, creativity, risk-taking and complex problem-solving skills, are themselves at risk... The conflict between innovation 'products' and 'process' is the Innovation Paradox.
The Workplace: a Wicked Problem
DEGW Insights, 2008
The Way We Do Things Around Here
American Behavioral Scientist, Volume 50 Number 7 March 2007
“MIT’s Steam Café”
Educause - Learning Spaces: Chapter 27 2006
Useable Space: Culture Versus Technique in the Pursuit of Design
SMArchS Thesis: M.I.T., August 2005
A study was carried out to explore methods for improving the understanding and practice of design as a means of self-discovery, intersubjective dialogue and cultural development. Using MIT as a laboratory and case study...
Dialogic Tectonic: Autonomy and the Dialogical Model for Collaboration and Architecture
M.I.T. (SMArchS, Faculty Colloquium: Frontiers in Architecture and Engineering)
Harvard (Anthropology 104, Language and Culture), Jan 2004
What is a School Culture?
Pinup MIT, 2004
One Man’s Trek Through the Everglades
The Toronto Star, page J5 April 29, 1989
Past Speaking Engagements:
2013 MAS Summit for New York City
New York City needs leaders that will cultivate opportunity and nurture innovation in all spheres. This year’s Summit themes—Innovation and Leadership—will drive a discussion of building a globally competitive city that is socially, economically and environmentally resilient and will outline an agenda for ensuring livability for all New Yorkers.
Scott Francisco presents Brooklyn Bridge Forest and 100 Fountains - 2:55pm on Friday, October 18th
A gathering of creatives from a variety of disciplines to share ideas and issues related to their artistic and spiritual practices.
Scott Francisco speaks at 9:20am on Saturday, October 5th
"Envisioning Adaptation: Design as a Bridge to a Sustainable Future"
Are we simply solving today’s problems, or truly designing for the future? Value-engineering efficient solutions for today’s office space often results in functional but ultimately disposable environments... Starting now we must design for both today’s volatile market and a future that we can only assume will treat energy and waste in a very different way than we do today. For sustainability to have real traction in the world of interior furniture, fixtures, and finishes, we need design to perform exceptionally in today’s competitive market, and avoid obsolescence and landfill in an unknown future. This will require a shift in thinking that permeates through our industry.
Work Revolution Summit
The Innovation Paradox: Do our products of innovation lead to an innovative culture?
Young Executives of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce
Craftsmanship, Culture and Technology in Workplace Strategy: Building a Creative and Efficient Environment For Your Company
A conversation with workplace design and strategy experts:
Scott Francisco, Pilot Projects Design Collective
Sara Matiz, MAD
Filippo Soave, Perkins and Will
Is craftsmanship relevant in our technological age? Does it impact organization culture and workplace design? How can productive organizations be supported by design? As Italian traditions intersect with contemporary business process, are craftsmanship and technology at odds with each other? What does a workplace look like that supports both craftsmanship and a streamlined business model? Details here.
Social Enterprise Boot Camp at Columbia NYU and SVA
"Sustainability and Social Enterprise"
Dr. Sara Minard and Scott Francisco
Tribal Gathering for the Corporate World, Sundance, UT
"A Tale of Two Hammers: Workplace, Tools and Organization-Craft”
Scott Francisco. Sept, 2012
International Jacques Ellul Society Annual Conference
“Jacques Ellul and the Lightsaber: The Cultural Potential of Inefficient Techniques”
Scott Francisco. July 2012
Greater and Greener: Reimagining Parks for 21st Century Cities, NYC
“Using Technology to Persuade People and Bring in the Dollars”
Yasmin Fodil. July 2012
“Envisioning Adaptation: Design as a Bridge to a Sustainable Future”
Scott Francisco. May 2012
WorkTech New York City 2012
Scott Francisco, Chair. May 2012
WX - Executive Women in New York City Real Estate
“The Workplace of the Future; Double Visions”
Scott Francisco. December 2011
Harvard Institute for English Language Programs
“Social Media in the Middle East: Why Now, What’s Next?”
Yasmin Fodil. July 2011
"16th Century Spice Trade: Ships, Organizations and Cargo”
Scott Francisco. 2009
“Design for Change; "Obscure Dependencies”
Scott Francisco. 2008-9
IFMA International Facilities Management Association
“In Pursuit of the Creative Workplace”
Scott Francisco. 2005
International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Milan
Communities vs. Networks
Scott Francisco. 2005
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Scott Francisco. 2002
HGTV: This Small Space
Segment on Toronto Loft-Conversion Project.
Scott Francisco. 1998