February Bulletin: Beyond Balance launch

  08 February 2016

We have quite a few exciting updates about Balance Network activities that are coming up in the next few months, including the registration launch of our one-day Beyond Balance conference on 27 June. As always, please forward this on to anyone who may be interested.
1. Beyond Balance Agenda & Registration
2. Beyond Balance Keynote
3. Balance Network Activity Updates & Registration
4. ICT and WLB: friend or leash?
5. Funding Opportunities
6. The New World of Work
1. Beyond Balance Agenda & Registration
Registration is now open for the Balance Network’s one-day conference – Beyond Balance – which will be held on Monday 27 June 2016 the IET’s Savoy Place in London. A limited number of tickets will be available for £10, so be sure to register early! The full agenda is available online, and brings together all of the recent and upcoming Balance Network events. A one-page flyer can be downloaded from this page.
2. Beyond Balance Keynote
We are pleased to announce the second keynote speaker at Beyond Balance: Claire Fox, global HR Director at Save the Children International. Claire’s book, Work/Life Symbiosis: The Model for Happiness and Balance, was published in September 2015 and she was recently interviewed by HR Grapevine and the CIPD. Her keynote at Beyond Balance will be based on the research conducted for her book. 

3. Balance Network Activity Updates
Spaces are still available for Paulina Yurman’s Material Desires workshop at Goldsmiths on 17 February. Contact details are available on the webpage. Registration is now open for the E-Resilience Conference on 21 April 2016 at Birkbeck University. The conference flyer and registration details are available on the webpage. Coming up in early March are Prolonging working life through ICT: the role of crowdsourcing on 3 March at Warwick University and Going off the grid: Can employees really switch off during travel? on 9 March in Bournemouth. Details about all of the upcoming Balance Network activities, including a downloadable one-pager, are available.

4. Information communication technology and work-life balance: flexible friend or digital leash?
This symposium on 8 Jan was organised at the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology conference by the Switched on Culture Research Group (also the organisers of the E-Resilience Conference mentioned above) to highlight the implications of ICT use for work-life balance and wellbeing.  Papers utilised different theoretical and methodological approaches to explore ICT use in different contexts, the organisational and individual difference factors that encourage/discourage engagement outside contracted hours, and implications for wellbeing. The need for more experimental research to establish firm links between ICT use and different wellbeing and performance outcomes and inform evidence-based interventions was identified. See https://alwaysonculture.wordpress.com/socrg-activities/ for more information on the SOCRG’s activities, or contact Christine Grant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Gail Kinman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5. Funding Opportunities
The Centre for Environmental Strategy at University of Surrey has a funded PhD Studentship available on the topic of “Is There a Wellbeing ‘Sweet-Spot’ In Cultural Work?” The deadline for applications is 01 March 2016.

Future & Emerging Technologies H2020 Event Report – On 24 November, funding opportunities in the area of Future & Emerging Technologies (2016/2017 Horizon 2020) were discussed.  Presentations from the event are available online.

€4m for 'Design-based consumer goods' – This call for applications aims to fund goods designed to shorten the time-to-market of innovative solutions, remove obstacles to wider application of creative solutions, create or enlarge markets for related products (or services) and improve the competitiveness of European SMEs in world markets

6. The New World of Work
The Balance Network attended this event on 24 Jan, at which a new online jobsharing platform was launched. Although focussed on work-life balance issues in general, communications technology was a recurring theme brought up by speakers and audience members, enabling new types of business model (including ‘mumpreneurship’) but also challenging those aspiring to higher quality non-work time.

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