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Jul 13

We are proud to share this video as evidence of yet another creatively unique, employee-led anniversary celebration. It is called 100 Voices and was recorded with employees from our Strasbourg WorkLab. It’s a beautiful combination of voices, beat box and drums; showing the immense power of collaboration and the human spirit. Enjoy!

Steelcase 100 Voices from Steelcase Inc on Vimeo.

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Jul 3

Throughout our company history, Steelcase has been committed to understanding human behavior. We then apply those insights into the products and solutions we offer to help humans have better experiences at work. In recent years, this research has taken us from the furniture industry into the technology space.  At NeoCon this year, we sought to explore, and soften, some of the barriers for one the most prominent components for offices of the future: video. Today, people are living on video – at work and in their personal lives – though frustrations arise related to privacy, poor sound and video quality, appearance anxiety and more. This doesn’t have to be so. With solutions to these barriers in mind, we debuted some new concepts to help improve the experience of videoconferencing.

Our goal with these concept products is to create an accommodating setting that enables current technology to catch up with increasingly common trends in mobile working and collaboration. Video conferencing should be as clear and authentic as a face to face conversation. It should be as easy as picking up a phone. It should be as seamless and fluid as tapping a colleague on the shoulder.

Our concept products aim to achieve these dreams and shorten these distances. They’ll provide space that creates privacy for video calls inside an open office, and space that optimizes light and sound.  Even as technological advancements become more widespread, concepts like those we unveiled at NeoCon serve to fill in the gaps along the way.

Collaboration isn’t tied to shared space – it begins at the cultural level. People, groups and corporations are what enable it to expand outward and evolve with each new mind it touches. In the future, it is our hope that this positive trend continues. Our demonstration at NeoCon also marks a new milestone for us at Steelcase – incorporating technology that was made in-house, and more than just furniture.

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Jun 25

Young dreamer, Chloe shares her thoughts about the future of education at ISTE.

In life, the only constant is change. Just as we at Steelcase have worked hard to adapt to the changing world of work and respond with forward-looking solutions that will help our clients, our educational technology arm PolyVision is actively looking to tailor tools to support the classroom of the future.

This week, PolyVision is exhibiting at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference in San Diego. There, the team is encouraging educators, administrators and technologists to “unlearn” any preconceived notions about what a classroom should be and think about what a classroom could be. As part of this demonstration, the PolyVision booth features an Unlearning Dream Wall where participants can bring their visions to life through animation on its interactive whiteboard, known as eno®. Additionally, conference attendees can experience the future of collaborative learning at one of the media:scape stations where multiple devices can easily display content on a single or double screen.

The One Day film, which was created to commemorate the anniversary celebration this year, asked young people to share their thoughts and vision for the future. This week at ISTE, Chloe Whygum, a now 12-year-old from Denver who appeared in the documentary, shared her perspective on the future of education. She emphasized the desire she and her fellow students have for more engaging and colorful content, whether it be through video, audio or other multimedia content.

As you think back to your classroom experience as a child, what elements stuck with you the most? In what ways would you like to see the classroom of the future evolve as the next generation of business leaders learns the fundamentals?

 

 

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Jun 1

Just as the 100-year history of our company has been about gaining insights and innovating to help people do their best work in an ever-changing world, our centennial is focused on the future: possibilities visible on the edges of today and laying groundwork for the century ahead.

As a special event in our year-long celebration, you’re invited to join us for a live conversation about the world of work today and dreams for the future hosted by Dov Seidman  (@DovSeidman), CEO of LRN and author of HOW: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything who has been recognized as  a “Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade” by The Economic Times and recently named “the hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit” by Fortune Magazine.

This special event will occur on Tuesday, June 5, at 3 p.m. ET.

How are our relationships to our environments and each other changing? What’s the real impact of new technologies and globalization? How can businesses create sustainable value in the world ahead? How can we connect with each other and collaborate to bring about a better future? These questions and more will be the focus of what’s sure to be a lively discussion with Dov that you won’t want to miss. To participate, follow the hashtags #Steelcase100 and #100Dreams .

A few lucky participants will win an autographed copy of Dov’s book HOW . Winners will be selected randomly. We hope you’ll join us!

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May 2

Film Director Daniel Junge and creative partner Graham Button, Genesis Inc,

Community leaders and film enthusiasts had opportunity to view “One Day,” the documentary that Steelcase commissioned for its 100th anniversary, and meet its director Daniel Junge at a special event on last night at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, Mich. “One Day” presents views of the future as seen through the eyes of 10-year-olds in six countries around the world. Junge’s 2012 Oscar-winning film “Saving Face” about acid-burn victims in Pakistan was also shown. The event was co-sponsored with Genesis, Inc., our creative partner in the 100-year anniversary initiative, as a fundraiser for the UICA.

Nancy Hickey, Steelcase chief administrative officer was on hand to open the evening and invite the audience to join the dialog – in person and online via the Steelcase Facebook page. During lively conversation after seeing “One Day,” audience members described it as “incredibly inspirational,” “provocative” and “unexpected, mind-changing.”

“As Steelcase contemplated its 100th anniversary, we wanted to do something that we believed was characteristic of the company through its 100 years, and that was to optimistically look to the future, knowing that things would change and wanting to be part of that change,” Nancy Hickey explained .

“One Day” is 17 minutes long and available online for public viewing here. It’s been seen by Steelcase’s employees around the world and will be shown at other Steelcase-sponsored events this year.

You can also make your mark on the world ‘dream map’ at www.facebook.com/steelcase .

 

 

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Apr 25

Guest post by Steelcase 100 Mind contributor and Institute of Design professor, Vijay Kumar.

I enjoyed the opportunity to serve as the facilitator of Nurture’s TEDMED 2012 simulcast last week in Chicago. Between the inspiring presentations and interesting conversations that afternoon, it occurred to me that there are a number of strong similarities – I would call them “overlaps and opportunities” between TEDMED and Steelcase’s 100th Anniversary project .

The first — both are built on the concepts of “convergence and connecting.” TEDMED does that well and that is what the “100 Years” is all about – selecting people from different fields (designers, scientists, artists) and making connections between their viewpoints about the next 100 years. There is lots of overlap in that formula – quite similar to what TEDMED is trying to do.

The second overlap is in the area of “dreams.” Steelcase offers dreams of “100 Years” from “100 Minds” – TEMED presentations are the visions, dreams, of what may be possible and what can be done in the areas of health and medicine. TEDMED is all about sharing ideas for the future – very similar and great amount of overlap.

Finally, both are “curated” experiences. The Steelcase 100th Anniversary project is collecting dreams of different people / children and curating them as an experience via a number of mediums to share with each of us. TEDMED is also a curated experience – working to link together the visions of many people doing interesting work and having interesting ideas and then capturing them and presenting them in a way that we can all learn and grow from.

During Nurture’s Chicago simulcast I came away with a very strong sense of the real value of the continuum on which ideas are being shared by both TEDMED and the Steelcase 100th anniversary project.

Some of them are very personal and emotional experiences (such as the mother’s story of her daughter’s ongoing battle with autism). On the other end of the continuum – amazing anatomical visualization database and computer software – is much more analytical and scientific. Exposure to the full continuum gave me a sense of connection beyond what any one of those components could provide. It gave me an appreciation of the interconnectedness of emotions, science, art, technology – and that is the real value.
It’s not just about science, not just about art, and not just about technology either – TEDMED and the Steelcase 100 Years project help us clearly get a sense of the interconnectedness of the world and how important every component is to our whole life.

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Mar 19

Jim Hackett Addressing Grand Rapids Econ ClubGrand Rapids Econ Club
Earlier today, our CEO Jim Hackett addressed the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. He paid homage to his predecessor, Bob Pew, and commented on the history of the company, including its many challenges and successes since the company was incorporated in 1912.

“As we look back over time we can see that Steelcase often had a rhythm of stepping up to challenges and not only responding to it, but coming out a much better company as a result,” said Jim. “Since day one, that agility and resourcefulness is a result of our company’s dedication to human insights.”

“Today, our customers turn to Steelcase not just because of what we make, but because of what we know,” he continued.  “We create products and services, but our customers buy insights and innovation.  They come to us because they need help making their workplace more productive, more effective, and more attractive to top talent. . . I’m happy to report today that Steelcase is the number one company in the world in this industry and its headquartered right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan.”

“For 10 decades, Grand Rapids has been the epicenter for our business that has grown to employ more than 12,000 hard-working, forward-thinking individuals. It is a city that represents our beginnings as a company. We’d like to take this time to thank our community for supporting our business and providing stellar resources over the years.”

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Mar 16

Celebration Balloon Drop

Insight Symbol

Jim Hackett Speak

On this date 100 years ago, The Metal Office Furniture Co. was incorporated. Today, that company – now known as Steelcase – brought together 1,400 of its employees to celebrate this milestone in Grand Rapids, Michigan. CEO Jim Hackett addressed the crowd and revealed an artistic installation of the anniversary symbol, which will hang from the ceiling of the headquarter lobby for the next year.  Before the unveiling, Jim Hackett offered a few words:

“I’ve just returned last night from a week of celebration with many of our employees in the Asian sales organization, our Global Business Center and our factory in Malaysia. We are truly integrated around the world so while the flight was very long, the hospitality was pure Steelcase. Do you think the founders in 1912 could have imagined that the president of the company could even travel those distances at that speed? Hardly. In fact they wouldn’t recognize the company we’ve become. But they would see the same enduring values. This is a story of evolving our business on an arc of significance. In other words, WHAT we would do over those years might be different… but WHO we are would ride that constant arc.”

The inspiration for the Steelcase anniversary graphic was a human eye — where the promise of people shines most clearly. The symbol reminds us of the great diversity of our world, with different elements coming together in harmony. It implies a work in progress, a century of ideas coming together with many open areas where new possibilities can come into play.

To celebrate this special day, Steelcase invites you to look forward to the future. You are encouraged to take time to dream about what can be. You can share those thoughts with our community on this site or through our Share Your Dream app on Facebook.

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Mar 13

As the date of our official anniversary quickly approaches, the global celebration is well underway. In Malaysia earlier this week, Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett and others from the executive team met to discuss the anniversary efforts, our company achievements and future plans. Employees from our sales, customer service and project management teams were on site to dream about what the future will be and what our company could look like in the decades to come.

A true highlight of the celebration was the performance by a group of employees who composed their own anniversary commemorative song in the Malay language. We look forward with much anticipation to seeing how other regional groups celebrate this milestone over the coming weeks.

Employees in Malaysia Celebrating

Employees in Malaysia Celebrating 2

 

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Mar 9

Eye

It was a homecoming in so many ways, going back to the TED conference in 2012. I had not presented there for more than a decade. I had last been on the TED stage in Monterrey California, the conference’s original location back in February of 2001. It was a moment when Y2K was a fading fear, 9/11 was a random calendar date and the tech bubble of the ‘90s was about to burst. For me it was 3 kids ago. Back then I was so full of ideas and thoughts about design and where the world was heading. I had great successes presenting those dreams on the TED stage. In the subsequent 11 years, though, it seemed that so much had happened. I had lowered my gaze somehow. I felt less like a dreamer and more like the tentative pilot of a flimsy canoe as waves crashed all around me.

What would I possibly have to say at this much grander Long Beach TED conference that could matter to a much larger audience of V.I.P.s and world-changers? I staggered around in my own anxiety for a good long while until I remembered the children we had spoken to in the course of the “100 Dreams, 100 Minds, 100 Years” project. What did they have to say that would be of interest? We asked such questions of 10-year-olds from around the world and each one of them had something to offer. The key was finding a connection after believing one was there. Connecting yourself to the people you are speaking with and knowing within yourself those connections exist, there is no other formula for reaching people.

In just this way, TED 2012 was for me an exploration within. There were all my personal notions of design and the ideas about design passed to me by my father, Jack Hockenberry, the first director of design at Steelcase. There were memories of my days as a math wiz at the University of Chicago learning the power of scientific precision, the possibilities of technological change evident even back in the 1970s, and the capacity of an idea to bend reality and change the future. It was a delight to be amongst the TEDsters, old and new. This ethos of change and curiosity and the determination to make something happen was infectious. It was the perfect place to launch the “100 Minds” initiative. Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett and I winked and waved at each other from across rooms. We managed to grab a few precious minutes of conversation. Both of us were grateful that the “100 Minds” vision had come together so well. We both thought it fit perfectly into the whole TED community. In a sense, Hackett and Hockenberry were like two friendly cousins in an extended family. Him urging me on to do well on stage and me cheering him forward with his vision for the second Steelcase century.

It had been a very long time since I was a worker in the old desk plant in Grand Rapids, the son of my dad – the designer of curved metal pieces that confounded some of the die makers used to right angles and squares. My dad’s name was on the blueprints they used and I would get some pretty cold looks when difficulties with the metal stamping presses would shut down the line. It had also been a long time since I had whimsically taken to the TED stage myself. This would be a test of my dreams.

With a big family now and as much focus on retirement as on the future of civilization, to my great surprise the TED talk came easily. It turns out that dreaming out loud, even on a stage as exclusive as TED, is completely natural and just as exciting at age 55, with 5 kids, as it is in your early 40s and a newlywed. My talk about design and the need to do things intentionally, to think about the world before you make or act (just what our dreamer kids were telling us) rocked the house. When I left the stage I got lost in enthusiastic lines of people asking questions and sharing their own impressions of all that I had said. At one point, I caught Jim Hackett hovering on the edge of a small crowd. He gave me a “thumbs up” sign and winked with the message that he’d see me soon.

Hackett and Hockenberry. Kinda catchy, don’t you think? What’s the lyric in that famous song Moon River? “Two drifters, off to see the world.” How about “Two Dreamers, off to see the world.”

Or even 100 dreamers.

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Mar 8

Graham Button, Daniel Junge, Chloe Weigum

The Steelcase film “One Day” had its first official public screening last night. It was the first of a double bill of documentaries from director Daniel Junge as part of the Women+Film Series by the Denver Film Society. The 400-seat theater was packed and tickets had been sold out for weeks.

Colorado Film Commissioner Donald Zuckerman welcomed co-directors Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and their Oscar for Best Documentary Short. He then introduced Graham Button of Genesis Inc., Steelcase’s creative partner in the 100 Year Anniversary initiative, and Chloe Weigum, one of the ten-year-olds featured in “One Day”.

Graham described how the film came into being as part of the “100 Dreams, 100 Minds, 100 Years” program, and thanked Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett for “his bravery and moral compass” in embracing the future through the eyes of the great dreamers – children and thought leaders. He also invited the audience to bring their own dreams to the website.

The film was very well received. “One Day” was in good company — it was followed by the Oscar-winning “Saving Face”.

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Mar 6

John Hockenberry Speaking at TED 2012

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Author, journalist and 100 Minds curator John Hockenberry addressed the crowd at TED last week. There, he offered a personal and candid look at design and our ability to not only create, but improve upon what has been created before. Using the example of a song, John said, “Broadly speaking, design is the courage and brilliance to cover an original and make it different, make it universal.”

John spoke about his earliest design influence. His father was a designer for IBM, Kodak, and Steelcase. He recalled a lesson that his dad reiterated throughout his childhood, which he still believes in today:  “Good design is about supplying intent.”

Ironically, it was poor design that caused John to spend his life in a wheelchair. “Thirty-six years ago, I was in a poorly designed automobile that hit a poorly designed guardrail on a poorly designed road in Pennsylvania, plummeted down an embankment and killed two people in the car. . . [After the accident,] I had no option but to make up this new life without walking. A life with intent, lived by design, covering the original with something better. It’s something for us all to do or find a way to do in these times: to get back to this, to get back to design.”

In his 100 Minds contribution, John refers to our individual potential to shape the future. He writes, “The seeds of the future lie in our own time.” In what ways have you seen design help our today? And how do you see it shape tomorrow?

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Mar 1

TED thanks Steelcase
Another amazing day at TED 2012. People see the powerful talks online, but there’s just as much value for attendees in the conversations that take place over lunch and during breaks. Today I had the pleasure of spending time with Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, who presented on the first day of TED. Our conversation yesterday confirmed that there’s a lot of synergy between her thinking and ours at Steelcase. We agree that it’s about finding the right balance between thinking and doing, between spaces for quiet contemplation and spaces for team interaction. Her insights on personality are compelling and will provide an intriguing perspective as we continue to study how people work, and the environments required to unlock human promise.

I’ve been coming to TED since 1988 and Steelcase has been a proud supporter since one year after that first experience. Having Chris Anderson acknowledge our support from the big stage yesterday, and take note of Steelcase’s centennial year, was a proud moment for all of us. I’m really looking forward to this afternoon’s session at TED, with my friends David Kelley from IDEO and John Hockenberry among the presenters. John is an acclaimed journalist and author, and the curator of our 100 Dreams, 100 Minds, 100 Years content.

In the TED spirit of Ideas worth spreading, I hope you’ll all take a moment to join the hundreds of children, business leaders, artists and innovators who helped kick off our conversation about the future and share your dream on our Facebook page.

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Anniversary Kicks Off Around the World

Feb 24

Jim Hackett Anniversary Townhall Meeting

Steelcase Anniversary Townhall Audience

Steelcase Employees Watching One Day Film

Steelcase’s internal celebration of its anniversary began on the corporate campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan and spread around the world. From sales offices to factory floors, Steelcase employees gathered in January and February to hear CEO Jim Hackett or another senior executive look back at how the company has always been looking forward. Steelcase innovations have always been built around the idea of unlocking human promise.

At the meetings, employees got a sneak preview of “One Day,” the documentary film commissioned by Steelcase to help start a dialogue around the future of work and the dreams of the next generation of workers. The team in Monterrey, Mexico was inspired by the film to create a giant display of their own dreams for the future, and we’ll be asking other employees to share their dreams as the year goes along.

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