Shaping a changing world

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” —Peter Drucker—

The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. How can we remodel work — the what, the how and the why — and the systems that govern it, to liberate people to return the best value to themselves, their organisations and society as a whole? Join a growing community who are sparking fresh, radical ideas to make the future of work a better, more human place.

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 Blogs and Articles

The ‘human factor’ in business

17/03/2017Bridget Morris
By Bridget Morris, Executive Director, The Rowntree Society. Did you know that KitKat used to have a blue wrapper, was first called Chocolate Crisp, or is Japan’s No. 1 selling chocolate ... Read more »

Can capitalism be saved to better the world?

16/03/2017Jim Bignal
By Jim Bignal, Triple Purpose Campaign. Capitalism is at a crossroads, with a growing perception that business is failing its obligations to society. Excessive executive pay, abuse of zero-hour contracts, tax ... Read more »

Intelligent robots still not the real thing

20/02/2017Para
By Para Mullan, Senior Project & Business Relationship Manager, CIPD. It is not that surprising that we read about fears of machines replacing humans. Change is usually unpredictable and we do ... Read more »

A model for work that works (Part 2)

20/01/2017Derek T
By Paul Simpson, Work. The traditional mode of work has had its day. Blame robots, short-term capitalism and the gig economy. Following on from “A model for work that works ... Read more »

Technology, the world of work and humans

16/01/2017Para
By Para Mullan, Senior Project & Business Relationship Manager, CIPD. Automation is a hot topic all over the world. For example, last week I listened to a Radio Four podcast on ... Read more »

Can we have a voice in the corporate world?

13/01/2017CelineSchill
By Céline Schillinger, Head, Quality Innovation & Engagement, Sanofi Pasteur. Not everyone wants to speak at work. Most people in fact, stay silent. Of course, they don’t necessarily see it this ... Read more »

A model for work that works (Part 1)

11/01/2017Derek T
By Paul Simpson, Work. “I work in a factory, eight hours a day, five days a week. I’m the exception to the rule that life can’t live in a vacuum. Work ... Read more »

Digital change will transform society

04/01/2017Derek T
Q&A with Ryan Avent, Senior Editor, The Economist The digital revolution, like the industrial revolution before it, will unleash massive social upheaval, warns Ryan Avent in his new book, The Wealth of Humans. In it, ... Read more »

Key to navigating an uncertain future

19/12/2016Peter Cheese
By Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD. Is the future shaping up the way we want? The world of work is changing at an exponential pace. Increasing globalisation, rapid advances in technology, corporate scandals, ... Read more »

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A selection of top stories from around the web.

How safe is your job?

How Safe is Your Job? (Rebroadcast) – Freakonomics

Economists preach the gospel of “creative destruction,” whereby new industries – and jobs – replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive? Below is a transcript of the episode, modified for your reading pleasure. For more information on the people and ideas in the episode, see the links at the bottom of this post.

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We can exercise our choice to make work human

March of the humans – The future of work

March of the humans – The future of work

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AI can be co-workers in a digital age

Future of Work: Will AI-powered workplaces need humans?

In the first in a new series exploring the future of work with thought leaders, we ask Accenture’s Marc Carrel-Billiard if artificial intelligence will steal our jobs. Theorists, strategists and anyone trying to think ahead of the trends in terms of the future of work are no doubt ruminating on the impact artificial intelligence (AI) will have on working life.

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Why is fulfillment at work becoming more important?

Fulfillment is the future of work

Rachel Brushfield of Energise explores fulfillment at work and how the changing expectations of workers are starting to make companies rethink their long established ways of working. This article explores how individuals can achieve fulfillment at work and how companies can provide it throug

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How will AI impact call centres?

Will Robots Replace Humans in the Contact Centre?

Our panel of experts reflect on if and how robots are set to change contact centres in the near future by replacing human intelligence. Robots Will First Move into the Back Office Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots are often mistakenly thought of as the nemesis of human workers, when, in reality, many of the tasks they come to manage are new, or rather made possible because of them.

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Preparing the future of work we want

Preparing The Future of Work We Want

The ILO’s centenary in 2019 will arrive at a time when the world of work is at a crossroads. On the heels of the Great Recession that brought global unemployment levels to 200 million and led to widespread insecurity, labour markets across the world are undergoing deep transformations.

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Will robots steal our jobs?

UK Economic Outlook

UK economic growth held up better than expected in the six months following the Brexit vote, but this began to ease in early 2017 as inflation has risen, squeezing household spending power. In our main scenario, we project UK growth to slow to around 1.6% in 2017 and 1.4% in 2018 due to slower consumer spending growth and the drag on business investment from Brexit-related uncertainty.

UK economic outlook on consumer spending prospects and the impact of automation on jobs from PwC

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Unpaid internships need examination

Ban on unpaid internships being considered, says UK employment minister

Ministers are looking at whether to ban unpaid internships that have been criticised for helping young people with wealthy parents get ahead in the workplace. Damian Hinds, the employment minister, said it was right to review internships as unpaid posts are not accessible to those who do not have help with their living costs.

We desperately need to change this practice of exploiting people who are in a vulnerable position and needing experience to move forward in their working lives. But is a flat out ban the solution?

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