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Past Events-2019


Architecture Fringe - The Future Workplace. Are you Ready?

The future workplace event has now come to a close and after 3 venues, we can firmly say the challenge was worth it and a great experience was had by all. Stirling provided a familiar and welcoming backdrop for our first screening. Edinburgh was our big-ticket event, and we couldn't have been happier when met with a large audience of diverse professionals, this was without a doubt the highlight. Glasgow came with its challenges with some technical difficulties but we overcame them to end on a high and looking forward the whole team can’t wait to see what we do next with the film.

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

It was a great experience to deliver Lunch & Learn at Innovation Park of the University of Stirling. The idea for a new masterclass on writing emails was born in my head as a response to frequent feedback from the attendees who attended my productivity course.
They were saying that emails occupy plenty of their working time but have so low response rate that breeds frustration. I run Lunch & Learn in a format of a taster session to give some flavour of the main content as well as to tailor the Behavioural Science tools such as framing to real working world needs.


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.