The Impact of Design on Cultural Consciousness

Tarkett’s latest CEU, Altered States: The Future of Consciousness, is ideal for any team, any employee. You’ll leave refreshed and ready to take on the universe! 

Can design impact cultural consciousness? Tarkett thinks so – and shares in their latest CEU, Altered States, how critical the evolution of workplace design is to our ability to connect with each other, the world around us and our inner selves.

Subtitled, “The Future of Consciousness” – Altered States presents and perhaps prompts a lively discussion among designers on five predominant factors that are having a significant impact on the workplace, and how we might consider them in our design concepts. The purpose is to examine what makes a more supportive, inclusive environment where people can do their best work.

According to Tarkett, the five cultural shifts impacting the future of workplace design are:

Technology and the Happiness Paradox

The pursuit of happiness is actually making us less happy.

The Reputation Economy

In our climate of fake news and political dissonance, we search for brands and employers that align with our personal values.

The Diversity of One

A new approach to diversity, equity and inclusion encourages us to consider the unique contributions of every individual, beyond our visible differences.

Spatial Economics

Advances in transportation and connectivity will allow individuals to live further from city centers.

Design for Deconstruction

Building for the future means more than just environmental effort, but how we build the dwellings where we live and work.

Choices that have been shown to increase happiness.

“Our hope with this conversation is to move us all into greater states of consciousness, which leads to greater happiness and well-being in our own lives, in our firms, and in our clients’ spaces,” said Tarkett Content Strategist, Keesha Nickison. Navigating through a series of data points from third-party sources, attendees engage in activities and explore practical solutions. In the end, CEU attendees report feeling empowered and reminded of the huge positive impact design can have on society.

Currently, the hot topics in workplace design revolve around how to make “place” front and center, and how to create the best environment for work to get done. The elements for that to be successful go beyond just providing a physical space, to establishing a holistic environment for creativity, collaboration and robust interaction among a diverse workforce. Many companies tout that they want everyone to “bring their whole self” to work. How that manifests in the actual space design is an ongoing topic in the design community and allied fields. Altered States presents some ways to think about this simply and creatively as food for thought to put into the planning and design discussions—and equip the world with workspaces that are relevant to today’s culture.

Our work is about improving the human experience. When design supports both the whole self and the whole community, we have an opportunity to positively alter the cultural fabric of our society. This is why we do what we do.

Chris Stulpin, Chief Creative Officer, Tarkett North America

We posed a few more questions about Altered States to the Tarkett team:

Who is this CEU most appropriate for?

The ideal audience is . . . anyone, as the content is applicable to every human being. The CEU has been presented to designers, dealers and even an entire firm that consisted of engineers, project managers, office managers, marketing professionals, architects and designers.

Internet users now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish.

What kind of credits can be earned?

This program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional registration. It is also registered with the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) with credits accepted by IIDA, ASID, and IDC.

Is there a cost?

No. But you may choose to have a Tarkett specialist present the CEU over a healthy breakfast since attendees will leave inspired to get started.

Interested in learning more? Contact your local Tarkett representative here to schedule a presentation of “Altered States: The Future of Consciousness” today.

This article was created in partnership with Tarkett.

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