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The Pilgrim’s Guide to the Workplace

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Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Business (BRIEFSBUSINESS)

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Table of contents (38 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. The Road Less Travelled

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Iguanas, Isolation, and Ideas

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 3-5Open Access
    3. About This book

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 7-8Open Access
    4. Spoiler Alert

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 9-10Open Access
    5. A Note on COVID-19

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 11-13Open Access
  3. The Making of a Pilgrimage

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Anatomy of a Pilgrimage

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 17-19Open Access
    3. No Pain, No Gain

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 21-23Open Access
    4. My Two Rules

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 25-26Open Access
    5. The Herzog Enigma

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 27-30Open Access
    6. The Idea

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 31-32Open Access
    7. Why, and For Which Charity?

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 33-33Open Access
    8. Having Fun

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 35-36Open Access
  4. Sisyphus Goes to Sydney

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 37-37
    2. Step One

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 39-40Open Access
    3. Life at 4.6 km/h

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 41-44Open Access
    4. My Backpack

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 45-47Open Access
    5. Award Winning Scones

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 49-51Open Access
    6. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

      • Agustin Chevez
      Pages 53-56Open Access

About this book

This is an Open Access book.

Hoping to incubate a unique idea about workplace design, Dr. Agustin Chevez walked in isolation for 42 days from Melbourne to Sydney. His pilgrimage delivered 34 Signposts, a collection of insights which hold the promise to guide us to a better place to work.

  

While firmly positioned within the shifting context of work, the Signposts point away from reactive solutions with a short shelf life. Instead, these markers are infused with a diversity of thought instilled by Agustin’s pilgrimage and reclaim the forgotten qualities of solitude, boredom, adversity, and absurdity as mechanisms to deliver innovation and create improved working environments. 

 

On his way to Sydney Agustin relied on maps and people with local knowledge of the lands he traversed. Similarly, in this book, he consults people with local knowledge in various design disciplines, management, and technology as he navigates the many regions of the workplace and work practices covered by the Signposts. When he reaches the end of the known trails, he starts laying paths that take us closer to where the Signposts converge.

 

Agustin writes from the perspective of a pilgrim, architect, workplace consultant, and researcher and invites you to join him as a fellow pilgrim. You will be rewarded with a journey that revisits our assumptions about the way we use space to host the ever-evolving notion of work – an expedition leading not only to better versions of the workplace, but a better version of ourselves.

 

“This book takes about three hours to read, and it could take a lifetime to fully extract all the benefits that it contains. This does not suggest that there are not immediate benefits available from reflecting on and applying the Signposts that are core to the book's intellectual contribution.”
                                                                       - Peer Review extract



Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia

    Agustin Chevez

About the author

As an Architect and academic, Dr Agustin Chevez has dedicated his career to understanding the notion of work and uncovering environments that best support our working lives. His interest in the relationship between people, space and technology saw him pursue a PhD on the evolution of workplace architecture as a consequence of technology development. Agustin has worked at leading design firms in Australia delivering workplace strategies and research insights around the world. His work has been presented at various international forums, including TEDx, and a variety of industry and academic publications. 
Agustin is a workplace consultant, an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University and an Honorary Fellow at the School of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne.

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