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Past Events-2019


Architecture Fringe - The Future Workplace. Are you Ready?

  • Date:   June 11
  • Location:   Scion House, University of Stirling
  • Time:   17:30 - 20:30
  • Date:   June 13
  • Location:   The Melting Pot, Edinburgh
  • Time:   18:00 - 21:00
  • Date:   June 19
  • Location:   Kirkstane House, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Glasgow
  • Time:   17:00 - 20:00

Come and join us at our feature; "The Future Workplace" at this year's Architectural Fringe. Our short film event will tour three cities; Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh and focusses on workplace design evolution, the ways it affects our productivity and some thoughts on what the future might hold.

The event consists of 3 parts:

  • 30 minute documentary about the history of the transformation of office design with behavioural science research on productivity and wellbeing in the workplace
  • industry experts’ discussion of the topic
  • Q&A and guest opinions with some drinks and nibbles

Website: www.thefutureworkplaceevent.com



Lunch & Learn - Why Should I Reply to Your Email? May 23

Location: University of Stirling’s innovation park – 11:45 – 13:00

Did you know that the average person sends and receives 125 emails every day?

Email is the most common form of communication in the workplace. Emailing might feel like an easy thing to do, but we all spend unbelievably more time every day dealing with them than we even realize.

Running workshops and courses on productivity improvements, I identified a huge need for people to work on their email burden. By blending powerful strategies from Behavioural science such as framing with provocative research from Neuroscience, we designed a new masterclass to deal with emails.

This Lunch & Learn is a session to give you a flavour of a few practical tools and techniques as a starting point to improve your email writing. Remember to register here.


Lunch & Learn: Getting ready for the Future of Work: what to expect and how to prepare. March 21

Location: University of Stirling’s innovation park: 12.00pm – 1:00pm.

Alyona will be hosting a Lunch & Learn on the changing world of work, touching on how digital communications have made remote work a commonplace. The rapid growth of the gig economy creates additional challenges and opportunities for innovation. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics could upend the conventional workplace.

Attendees will discover current and future work trends, new ways to knit together workplace learning and work, and the intriguing experiments that companies are undertaking to adapt to rapid change.


TedX-style Event: The One Step Ahead, March 7

Location: Crush Hall in the Pathfoot Building of University of Stirling – 5.00pm-7.30pm

Alyona will be attending and speaking at this event which aims to showcase various experiences that current and former students of the University have had and the different opportunities students can take that will move them 'one step ahead' with their career.

This is a great opportunity for you to hear student's, as well as recent alumni’s insights of career building and to make some connections within the university as there will be a networking session at the end of the event. The event is aimed for Stirling Management School students, but we welcome anyone from other faculties interested in business environment experiences.


Past Events-2018


Lunch & Learn: Productivity Climb, May 29 

Location: Stirling University Innovation Park

This event was monumental for SONAS and we were so pleased to share this moment with 23 attendees from various local businesses.

The debut of our first ever workshop focused on personal productivity improvement. The top 3 topics that audience highlighted as the most useful were: ‘brain-friendly’ to-do lists, ways to deal with overload and preserve energy through a working day, and practical strategies to beat procrastination. Some of the interesting (or common) questions were: how to deal with overload, how to delegate activities from to-do list and not to make other people overloaded, how not to look unproductive/lazy in co-worker’s eyes trying to implement changes such as having mini-breaks or reflection time during the day. 


Workshop: Productivity Climb, September 13

Location: University of Stirling

At this event was attended by working professional and we were so inspired by the innovative ideas brought forward by the university such as their use of brain-friendly toys to stimulate the minds of our attendees during the session. Alyona discussed topics such as motivation and touched on emotions in the workplace, this even was also attended by our intern; Phoebe Allan.


Shooting: ‘Work Hacks Series’

Location: Stirling University Innovation Park

Following the huge feedback from people using the hashtag; #workspacecrapadvice, our next event is credited to beginning creating our next video series short episodes covering the most challenging issues. This was all contributing to our efforts in paving the first step to improve working lives. Special thanks to our bright director Andy Gunn and the crew - Illia Rogozhkin, Colin Harris, Akshita Verma, Cintia Radnothy, and Phoebe Alan.

Check the last of our ‘Work Hacks Series’ following our YouTube channel.


Afternoon Tea & Learn: Emotions, Nov 22

Location: Edinburgh Central Library, Boardroom

This event was hosted by Belinda and Alyona. As with any of our events we were excited about the guest attendees who kept the conversation about emotions in the workplace stimulating, drawing on their own experience. This kind of innovative and inquisitive behavior is always welcome and appreciated.