Future at Work: Design Dialogues for 2030 [Recording]

An event series – Inviting multi-disciplinary guests to explore the future of work.

Image by Vitra

Event Details


Online Event


Thursday, November 19, 2020
09:00am to 10:00am in San Francisco 06:00pm to 07:00pm in Switzerland


Free. RSVP Below.

Now more than ever, the future of work is in question and we are left wondering how will it look not only tomorrow, but also in 10 years and beyond. Vitra and swissnex SF are partnering to explore this question and rethink our own workplace environments with a monthly digital conversation on this topic. Hosted by Vitra’s Future of Work Trendscout Raphael Gielgen, the events will feature a cast of multi-disciplinary guests. These immersive and interactive discussions will offer ideas and alternative thinking on concepts that Raphael has built his career pioneering.

For the third event of our series, Raphael will be joined by Jen Panasik, Partner and Managing Director at IDEO San Francisco.


San Francisco
09:00am — Introduction by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex SF
09:05am — Discussion with Raphael Gielgen, Trendscout Future of Work at Vitra, and Jen Panasik, Partner and Managing Director at IDEO San Francisco
09:25am — Q&A
09:50am — Conclusion  

06:00pm — Introduction by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex SF
06:05pm — Discussion with Raphael Gielgen, Trendscout Future of Work at Vitra, and Jen Panasik, Partner and Managing Director at IDEO San Francisco
06:25pm — Q&A
06:50pm — Conclusion


Gioia Deucher
Gioia Deucher is the CEO of swissnex San Francisco. Gioia’s professional journey has taken her to various countries, from Colombia and Switzerland to the U.S. and Palestine, and most recently Brazil. Starting her post-university career in microfinance and sustainable investing working for small and large investment firms, Gioia has dedicated the last decade to fostering cross-continental collaborations with a view to inspire and strengthen Switzerland’s innovation ecosystem. Before setting out to build the first Latin American swissnex office Brazil in 2013, she headed the Startup and Innovation team at swissnex in San Francisco, where she returned to as CEO, in July of 2017. A curated innovation platform hosting 40+ startups, designers, scientists and corporates, swissnex’s Bay Area office acts as a convener for thought-provoking conversations on how technology and innovation shape our world, and fosters international connections and collaboration for meaningful action. Gioia holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute (IUHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland, and a second Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in Medford/Boston, USA, and has completed continuing education courses in Design Thinking and Venture Capital. She acts as the President of the cancer survivor storytelling platform MySurvivalStory and is an advisory board member of DART Labs.

Raphael Gielgen
Raphael Gielgen has spent most of his professional life working on making the office environment a better place. Even some of his own colleagues think he’s a little crazy. His irrepressible curiosity, his restless quest for explanations, and his delight at upending everything can occasionally make him an uncomfortable companion. When he appears at the office after returning from a long trip, he recounts things that sound more like a virtual utopia than a reality that has been experienced. He visits over one hundred companies in a single year; the world is his workplace, the future his area of research. His work informs Vitra´s approach to improving the quality of offices and public spaces through the power of design by serving the varied Vitra team with the results of his observations and cognitions by trend clusters, market analysis and business cases.

Jen Panasik
Jen Panasik is a Partner and Managing Director at IDEO San Francisco. She provides executive leadership to nearly 100 designers across service, brand, product, media, and technology projects as they build solutions that help organizations shift within or disrupt the market. Over her career, Jen has developed a depth of expertise in the fields of retail, financial services and media and technology. Her work spans digital delivery platforms, new technology ventures, experience design, service design, content development and branded environments. With a background in interaction design, she brings a human-centered narrative to a broad spectrum of work, including streaming media, immersive storytelling, data-driven technology, e-commerce, and the fan experience. Before IDEO, she worked on graphic and interaction design projects for the United Nations, TED, and Dwell magazine. As a senior visual designer at Organic, Inc., Jen led projects for Sony PlayStation and Lucy Activewear. Jen received a Master of Fine Arts in Design & Technology from New York’s Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor’s degree in English and minor in Graphic Communication from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo, California. Jen has a special interest in the number nine, interior design, and she’s trying to rid the world of two spaces after a period.