Workshop -- The Future of Work: Design for an Aging Workforce

Around the world people are working longer - not just longer hours but longer career spans. It is projected that the retirement age in high-income countries will escalate to 70 by the year 2035! However, in most developed countries, the population of younger workers cannot replace the number of workers entering retirement. So, how might we re-consider our approach to the workplace and working culture as we look towards a rapidly aging workforce? 
Send us your ideas on how you can improve the modern-day workplace to facilitate a better outcome for the aging workforce! If selected, you will be able to work alongside academics, innovators and project managers in a Design Incubation process to help you to realise your design. Selected teams will also get to pitch their ideas directly to industry and government influencers in this area.
This workshop will help you to:
  • Better understand the current issues associated with the aging workforce
  • Help you understand how to structure and realise new design solutions for important social issues
  • Learn how to create simple prototype design solutions 
  • Shape and present a pitch for review by potential clients 
  • Make valuable industry contacts 
Send a one-paragraph description (no more than 200 words) of your concept along with the names of your team members and their affiliations to: by 2 March 2018.
Dr Danny Hills is a Senior Lecturer and Bachelor of Nursing Course Co-ordinator, Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Australia. He has developed his academic teaching and research career over the last 15 years. With a research focus in Gerontology, Danny is a core member of and significant contributor to the Australian Association of Gerontology. 
Dr Lisa Scharoun is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and the founder of the Cross Cultural Design Lab at the University of Canberra in Canberra, Australia. As a practicing visual designer, she has a focus on Social Design winning numerous prizes for her design and photographic work including an award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Prix de la Photographie Paris. 

Erin McAuliffe is a Partner at ThinkPlace in our Singapore studio. Highly strategic, Erin has a deep understanding of governance and government, and of driving transformation in complex environments and organisations. Erin has helped organisations in Singapore build deep understanding and empathy for the people and businesses they seek to serve. She most enjoys connecting with senior leaders to share these stories and reframe challenges to opportunities for powerful innovation. Erin’s background is in the humanities and public policy, and she is completing post-graduate studies in design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Erin is an expert adviser with Innovation By Design, an initiative of the DesignSingapore Council and the Economic Development Board, and is an Associate Trainer at Singapore’s Civil Service College. She speaks regularly on the role of design in strengthening the work of public institutions.


Food & Beverage


Admission Fee

Free, by selection only

Nature of Event



Saturday, 10 March 2018


08:30 AM - 04:00 PM


BLOCK71 Singapore, 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #02-01, Singapore 139951

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