The future office

What will the perfect working space and future office look like?
We all know how it feels to have tons of work to do, but no focus or energy to get it done. In a situation like that, a nice and quiet office can be a great way to get into your working mood, because it’s something that you can step out of again when you’ve finished working. It allows you to work when you have to work, and relax when you’re off.
Through time, the idea of what an office looks like has changed a lot and today, most people don’t even have one. Some people consider every comfortable chair or space as a proper office – just look at all the people working at Starbucks and other hip cafés. Other people work from home, which allows them to stay in bed all day!


In the article “Office Space Timeline: Past, Present and Future” you can take a look back at some of the previous decades’ office trends. You can also read Futurist Liselotte Lyngsø’s thoughts on what the future office is going to look like. Together with another futurist, Yesim Kunter, Liselotte points out future office-trends involving culture-, design- and attire.

Offices through the decades 

In this part of the article, a timeline from the past to the future illustrates office culture-, design- and attire along with how working per week and the amount of women in the workforce. The timeline begins in the 1950s and goes all the way to 2100!

The office of the future 

What will an office be like in 2030 & what will it look like in the 2100s century?

2030s: Influence of technology 

The cultural aspect of the 2030-office evolves around how we’re going to manage people both working from home and being digital nomads while still needing a space, where they can meet in real life.
The design is focussed on technology, sustainability and wellness. Offices will be designed based on the needs of every single individual and not one size fit all.

How are the working hours going to be distributed and how will women be considered?

“It is more likely that a woman is raised valuing empathy. While it’s difficult to feel empathetic towards a workforce of 200, it’s much easier for a workforce of 20. The progressive decentralisation of work will provide women with more opportunities to become leaders.”

-Liselotte Lyngsø

2100s: From high-tech to high-touch 

The fact that we’re already becoming digital nomads today and that the level of actual human interaction is becoming smaller and smaller will result in a gigantic need of intimacy later on.

Read the article and discover how this will have an influence on different aspects of the office of the 2100s.

Read the article on this link to the BBC radio program.



Who owns the future?

Will we let the future be lead by “the big five”?

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. These are the five big companies, that dominates the digital and virtual world today. Futurist Liselotte Lyngsø interviews Swedish Andreas Ekström about how this will affect our society. Will we let them dominate, or should everybody have that chance?

Will “the big five” create a society with more widespread democracy and make it easier for the world to come together? Or will it turn the other way and create an uneven devision of powers?

Liselotte Lyngsø interviews Andreas Ekström on what the main critical points of a world lead by “the big five” will be. Andreas Ekström talks about starting to shape our world view after the digital dominators and how much of our privacy we will be willing to show in the future.

Should we start creating more diversity, or should we stick to “the big five”?

Watch futurist Liselotte Lyngsø’s interview with Andreas Ekström below, or at this link.


The road to driverless cars

How do we prepare for a future with driverless cars? Panel discussion on June 23. 2017 with reporter Ian Telfer.

Futurist Liselotte Lyngsø attended a panel discussion broadcasted on Radio New Zealand RNZ where the main focus was what a world with driverless cars is going to look like.

How will companies and countries prepare for the future, which is just around the corner? Driverless cars will be a significant changing factor for our view on technology. We have to be ready for achieving its full potential, by figuring out every detail that comes with it.

What opportunities will it bring us, and how will our society greet it? Can we redesign the vehicles in order to give the consumer the same feeling of control as if they were driving the car themselves? How will it affect people, that they won’t be able to, or won’t have to drive the car themselves?

Liselotte addresses co-driving as a possible scenario that is worth fighting for. Spontaneous co-driving in cars will allow os to expand our social lives. Suddenly, we’ll be able to make use of the time that we would normally use on driving alone from A to B. Driverless cars will allow us to catch up with friends, finish our last work meeting or connect with our families whilst being driven to our destinations. It will also create opportunity to socialize and network with a used-to-be stranger from our neighborhood.

Quote from the Associate Professor James Maclaurin about the self-driving car: “They don’t get road rage. They’re uniform and measured in their moral response. Maybe they’ll be better than we are.”

Futurist Liselotte Lyngsø speaks about how we are going to make driving an online marketplace, like we’ve done with Airbnb. People will collect cars as a hobby. The public interest in nice designs, usability and the interest for the sexiness of the cars will continue to rise. People will expect to rent a car according to situation-based personal needs. Private car-ownership might be essential in order to ensure a continued flowering diversity within mobility.

The urgent and most important question to solve, is the question of who will be in control of mobility. As the driverless cars will be connected to the internet of things IOT – it could be at the national level, at the car manufactoring level or at the personal level. Listen to the broadcast and find out why we should integrate the driverless cars, and make up systems so that people will share and make it possible to reduce the numbers of cars on the road and eliminate the need for most of our current public transportation. You will also hear about how  the driver-less future might be a target for new ways of hacking and terrorism that needs to be dealt with.

Listen to the panel discussion here, and imagine the road to driverless cars with motoring journalist David Thomson, Ass. Professor James Maclaurin, CEO of the Ministry of Transport Andrew Jackson and  Futurist, Liselotte Lyngsø. On this link you can also read about the speakers on the panel.

Who owns the future?

Who will dominate the future?

Will “the big five” create a digital society with more widespread democracy making it easier for the world to come together – including those 3 billion who are still not online? Or will they create an uneven monopolistic division of powers?


Andreas Ekström is a journalist at Syd Svenska Dagblad, and a revolutionary, who wants to fight for equal access to the internet in the future. He is extremely worried about leaving the control over the internet to the “big five:” Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and facebook. In September 2017, Andreas spoke at the IT Summit 2017 – Sustainable Societies, hosted by InfinIT with Liselotte Lyngsø as moderator. During his speech, the audience was able to send questions that are included in the following interview.

Five big companies dominate our digital world today – and as everything material is sucked into the virtual world – their power is likely to increase even further in the future. This development forces everybody else to be compatible – developing and thinking “inside the box”. This will will be lethal to our ability to truly innovate, our privacy and punish small countries and companies.

Or will it? Liselotte asks Andreas whether the big 5 may indeed have helped the global democratization process? Whether new technologies like the BlockChain will counter-act this development? And finally, they discuss how we might counteract theist monopoly both as people and as nation states.


Watch futurist Liselotte Lyngsø’s interview with Andreas Ekström below, or at this link

Backpack to the future

Fremtidens rejse skal være en transformation. Den skal kunne mærkes helt nede i maven, og sætte hele dit sanseregister igang. I dag kan aha-oplevelsen man i gamle dage fik ved at rejse ud i verden, dækkes af teknologiske alternativer som VR (Virtual Reality) og hologrammer – Japan har enda skabt hologrammer du kan røre ved. I fremtiden vil den klassiske “oplevelse” altså være tilgængelig, ligegyldigt hvor i verden du befinder dig. Derfor går vi fra at opsøge inspiration til at ville skabe en transformation, på vores rejser.

Her er der ikke tale om påske-charterferien, hvis all-inclusive får din hjerne til at skrumpe ind, imens du sidder og brokker dig over, at der ikke er nok bobler i velkomstdrinken. Der opstår nemlig et problem når du bliver serviceret i stedet for at blive aktiveret. Man lavede nogle målinger på folk der blev plantet i en storby de ikke var familiær med. De vidste ikke hvor de skulle sove, hvilke gader der var sikre…  kort sagt blev deres hjerne konstant aktiveret med problemer de måtte finde en løsning på. Det interessante ved denne undersøgelse er at disse mennesker var i stand til at huske langt mere fra rejsen, end charterturisten var. På charterturen er alting nemlig så skemalagt og gennemskueligt, at vores hjerner på ingen måde aktiveres, hvilket forvandler os til små børn, der brokker sig over petitesser. Fremtidens rejse skal derfor give os det lille skub der gør, at vi kommer et spadestik dybere ned i den kultur vi befinder os i. Vi vil mærke en forandring hos os selv ved rejsens slutning.

Det kan vi gøre på en rejse til den anden side af jorden, men også bare en tur rundt i København. Altså ikke hvor du sidder passivt på toppen af en bus og kigger ned på Den Lille Havfrue, Rådhuset mv, men du aktivt deltager i oplevelserne. For eksempel ved at besøge kulturhuset i Absalons Kirke på Sønder Boulevard, og spille bingo med andre gæster. På den måde lærer du nye mennesker at kende, hører om hvordan det er at være ung, studerende, jobsøgende, gammel eller professor i København. Du får  altså et stykke kultur med hjem, som du ikke ville blive eksponeret for som traditionel turist.

Hør hele interviewet med Liselotte Lyngsø om fremtidens rejse her på P1 Morgen, eller nedenfor i en kortere version som video.


Læs også Fremtidens Rejse – En Transformation.