Exploring the changing role of place in our lives, at work and beyond
Our About Place podcast features conversations with thought-leaders, designers, researchers, and more, all of whom bring expertise and understanding about how the places we create can positively impact how we work and live.
About Ryan Anderson
With nearly 30 years of experience in the contract furnishings industry, Ryan is VP of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll. His team focuses on helping organizations create more desirable, productive, and healthy work experiences for their people.
We put this podcast together as a digestible and hopefully interesting way to explore big topics related to the changing nature of work and workplace.
Ryan Anderson, Host
Host Ryan Anderson and guests move beyond return-to-office to discuss ways organizations can reimagine the office to work better for everyone.
Season 2 wrap-up
From October 5, 2022: Host Ryan Anderson puts a bow on Season 2 by sharing data that challenges listeners to shift their focus from returning to the office, and toward a reimagining of the office for this new era of work.
The metaverse demystified
From September 28, 2022: Digital marketing strategist Chris Coleman joins the podcast to share a digestible explainer of all things Web3, from blockchains and NFTs to what it all means for the future of business.
Workplace strategy for employee experience
From September 21, 2022: Leading workplace strategist Corinne Murray joins the podcast to discuss several approaches employers can use to evaluate both the built and social work environments in order to improve employee experience.
How human experience can reshape real estate
From September 14, 2022: Corporate real estate executive Ronen Journo joins Ryan to discuss how companies can better realize the value of the built environment by focusing on the experiences of the people who use it.
Moving beyond accommodation
From September 7, 2022: MillerKnoll team members Jolene De Jong and Joseph White collaborated on a white paper for CRE Journal. In it—and in this episode—they unpack the need for greater acceptance of inclusive design.
The business case for flexible working
From August 31, 2022: Our guest for this episode, Cali Williams Yost, spent more than 27 years helping organizations reimagine not just where, but also how and when their people work to improve performance and well-being.
Expanding the concept of workplace
From August 17, 2022: Craig Robinson brings more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate to a conversation about ways to support optionality, flexibility, and environments that promote belonging and purpose.
Fixing what’s broken
From August 3, 2022: Leadership expert Debbie Lovich joins Ryan to discuss the need for leaders to model flexibility, how our reasons for being in the office today have increased demand for shared space, and more.
The pros of dynamic work
From July 27, 2022: Samantha Fisher brings her expertise in dynamic work to an insightful conversation about how flexible schedules and environments encourage productivity, equity, and empowerment.
Rethinking the future of offices
From July 13, 2022: A self-proclaimed “accidental workplace strategist,” Phil Kirschner joins Ryan to discuss the need for executive-level change management, for widening our perception of what “hybrid” means, and more.
The science of social connection
July 6, 2022: Kristin Leimgruber, Ph.D., joins the podcast to explore the link between the rise in workplace burnout and the decline of social connection at work. She also offers strategies for strengthening social connection.
Season 2 Preview
From June 6, 2022: Host Ryan Anderson sets the stage for Season 2 by answering the two questions he’s asked most frequently: What is the current state of return-to-office? And what does it mean for the future of the workplace?