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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Dangers of a human future of work

06/11/2017davidjackson
By David Jackson, Future of Work thinker/speaker/writer. The erstwhile counter-intuitive idea that the rise of the machines will enable a renewed valuing of what it is to be human, has been ... Read more »

What makes the future work in the Midlands?

03/11/2017EH
By Eve Harris and Becky Holloway, Jericho Chambers. Many would agree workplaces should be organised around people, but on a practical level, a ‘human’ future of work depends on issues specific ... Read more »

Robot future prompts us to rediscover what it is to be human

27/09/2017Indy Johar
By Indy Johar, Co-founder, Dark Matter Laboratories. We may not know it yet, but we face a tipping point in our development as a society, and the role of human capital in ... Read more »

Is it ‘engagement’ or simply good management pra…

14/08/2017Derek T
By Claire Warren, Editor, Work. Being all in it together is intrinsic to employee engagement. But in an age of individualism, should we measure workplace satisfaction differently? When it comes to employee ... Read more »

Peter Drucker: the social and human value of work

21/07/2017Paul Simpson
By Paul Simpson, Consultant Editor, Work. ‘The decision about people is the only crucial one.’ That’s what Alfred Sloan, the presiding genius of General Motors (GM), told Peter Drucker when the ... Read more »

Good work and a process of renewal

12/07/2017Robert Phillips
By Robert Phillips, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers. My friend and colleague at Jericho Chambers, Neal Lawson, having inspired the Progressive Alliance at the 2017 General Election, isn’t giving up on politics but ... Read more »

The humane workplace

23/05/2017lizardvanilla
By Sandy Wilkie, Engage for Success, Thought & Action Steering Group. Dystopia Of course, we’d like to think that the Orwellian vision of repressed and repetitive workplaces have, like William Blake’s dark, ... Read more »

Wanted: Creativity and empathy hubs

By Dr Chris Steed, Southampton University. Recently at a Future Foundations Global Social Leaders conference I met some amazing students from an amazing school. The future of education is being reshaped in schools ... Read more »

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 »

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What qualities will teachers need for the future?

What qualities will future teachers need?

As facts become more easily accessible, the role of the teacher is changing. Teachers of the future will need both more authority… and less authority, argues Andy Hargreaves Many of us think a lot about the future, what it will be like to live in a world of robots, a world where there’s more technology, a world where many of the existing jobs have disappeared.

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What does the future of work need in the Midlands?

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Two hidden issues that could short-circuit your team

These Two Hidden Issues Might Be Poisoning Your Work Culture

Some signs of a broken work culture (or one in the process of breaking) are easier to spot than others. That’s what George Swisher has found as founder and CEO of LiiRN, an algorithmic platform that surveys employees about their workplaces and recommends ways to improve.

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Robots will create jobs, not take them away

Fourth industrial revolution could unlock £445bn for UK, report reveals

Britain’s manufacturing sector could unlock £455bn over the next decade and create thousands of jobs if it cracks the fourth industrial revolution and carves out a successful post Brexit future. That is the conclusion of a government commissioned review on industrial digitalisation, published today and led by industry chief Jürgen Maier, the UK and Ireland boss of German engineering giant Siemens.

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Getting ready for the future of work requires skills

Are we ready for the impact of automation? | GovInsider

We are on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and that has given the naysayers a free pass to paint a bleak picture of an already tightening labour market. “Robots will take over our jobs!” some of the more sensational headlines these days scream.

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History has new lessons for future of work

Lessons from history for the future of work

Today is not the first time that people have worried that machines will render human labour obsolete, making a few very rich and the majority very poor. Since the Industrial Revolution, mechanization has been controversial. Machines pushed up productivity, raising incomes per capita.

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So remote working isn’t the wave of the future?

Opinion | Why working from home never works

While there is clearly a market for remote workers, virtual teams, even virtual assistants, a company that offers telecommuting as a white-collar perk is just making more trouble and work for itself. When it goes well, nobody notices or cares; when it goes badly, telecommuting days are treated as vacation days.

Was it remote working that failed, or the application of an across-the-board/one-size-fits-all policy? Remote working is built on trust, and trust is built on relationship, not policy. What determines whether remote working will work is whether the management and team relationships are working.

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Research can help map future of work

Science must examine the future of work

VCG/Getty In 2014, the Los Angeles Times began beating its rivals to report earthquakes, using an algorithm to convert announcements from the US Geological Survey (USGS) to breaking news within a few minutes. This June, it announced that a magnitude-6.8 quake had shaken Santa Barbara, California.

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UK review on AI calls for positive investment, not fear

Forget talk of mass automation. The UK needs to ramp up investment in AI or be left behind – RSA

The government’s new Review on AI is a welcome reprieve from the excessive fear that hangs over automation. The UK could be a world leader in this technology, if only we let ourselves. A little over 40 years ago, the respected British mathematician James Lighthill published his government-commissioned review into artificial intelligence.

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