The Future of Work: Imagining the ideal work life

Friday, Sep 6
13:00 — 16:00

The Future of Work: Imagining the ideal work life

This session is part of Techfestival: a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology.
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Help Design the Ideal Future Work-life!

The future of the Western labour market is characterized by rapid digital and technological developments, global movement, and for some, precarity. 

Join us in the exploration of frontiers of rights and conditions that will be relevant to the future of work, and help design the ideal future work-life. 

We kick off the session with talks from central thought leaders within their fields. The talks will function as catalysts for the following workshop, in which we invite participants to help imagine how the future could be shaped through designing a number of preferable future scenarios.

Questions the session will explore

  • How can the good working life best be supported in the future, on a global, highly digital, and at times precarious labour market?
  • What rights are even relevant for a high-tech labour market?
  • What can we learn from the European and American labour market traditions and values?
  • How can workers best influence their workplaces to be forces of good in the world?
  • How can workers best secure their rights?
  • Do we have to be organized? How?
  • What role should organizations and civil society play?

The session is for people who have an interest in shaping the future of work, whether they are employees, entrepreneurs, activists or CEOs.


Sara Kristine Gløjmar Berthou (DK)

Sara is an Innovation Consultant at IDA. As an anthropologist and critical thinker, Sara help create change through creative ethnography, design processes and insight generation. Understanding status quo is key to effective problem solving and development. She has thorough experience with design processes, strategic development, and project management in a range of diverse projects – all focusing on creating change for the better for the user and by the user. Sara holds a PhD in Environmental Governance and has been working as Growth and Innovation Consultant at IDA since 2016.



Indy Johar

Architect and co-founder of and Dark Matter, a field laboratory focused on radically redesigning the infrastructure of our cities, region and towns, and has worked with institutions such as UNDP (global) and Bloxhub (DK). He has co-founded multiple social ventures and taught at TU-Berlin, Harvard University and M.I.T. Indy will give his perspectives on how the future of work will be influenced by a structural shift across economy, technology climate and governance. How can we re-design our work-life to fit into this new paradigm?

Katrine K. Pedersen

Internationally acclaimed writer on digital culture, the digital revolution and its blind spots. She has founded the independent blog and the Danish Think Tank Her next publication – September 2019 – is a conversation with Noam Chomsky about propaganda in a digital era. In this session she will give a talk about the future of work identity and the high-tech labor revolution, where she zooms in on the history of Silicon Valley – how it transformed into a cultural desert is the story of a new beginning: Welcome to 2050!

Ryan Chatterton

Ryan has been involved in the co-working industry for over six years, originally with Impact Hub in Salt Lake City, UT, and then onto PARISOMA in San Francisco, CA. He is the founder of Deep Content, focused on creating engaging content for brands who enable further location independence, New Work, and mobile productivity. In Ryan’s talk: ‘The biggest obstacle to the future of work: an emotional labor deficit’, he will talk about freelancers and the rise of co-working, digital nomad inflation and some of the paradoxes related to freedom-discipline

This Session is curated in collaboration with IDA: The Danish Society of Engineers. Read more at

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