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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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 »

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 »

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A selection of top stories from around the web.

Self-employment riding high on satisfaction and meaning

Will starting your own business make you happy?

Starting your own business can be a leap of faith, but freelance food photographer and stylist Jade Sarkhel says she’s never been happier: “It’s so much more satisfying if you know you’re building something for yourself. I’m now earning three or four times what I did in a full-time job and I’m working fewer hours.”

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A different kind of work experience

Rethinking the Experience of Work – WikiWorkLab 2017

Following a successful pilot in 2016, the WikiWorkLab returns next week. Organised by Jericho and CIPD, the 2016 WikiWorkLab pioneered a new ‘work experience’ programme that turned the concept on its head. The WikiWorkLab draws upon the experience of students and young people to inform the work of CEOs, authors and experts.

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Creating the environment for ‘good work’

What is ‘good work’, and can it be encouraged?

So what is it this time, eh? Brexit is going to wipe out every banana planet on the entire planet? Brexit will get the Last Night of the Proms cancelled? Brexit will bring about World War Three? To be honest, I think we’re pretty well covered already on that last score, but no, this week it’s nothing so terrifying.

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Is decent work for all a pipe dream?

The future of jobs: is decent work for all a pipe dream? | Tim Jackson

It is weird how worrisome work has become. Not that long ago, work offered us income, security, and a clear sense of our place in the world. My father worked in the same company for 40 years. They trained him, promoted him, supported his kids’ (my) education and left him well enough off to enjoy his old age.

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Cobotics: building trust and collaboration with robots

Meet the CoBots: Giving collaborative robots a human touch

Engineering news Baxter is wider than a human, and almost as tall, with smooth red skin and long, powerful arms. Its face is a flat screen, with cartoon eyes staring blankly into the middle distance. But suddenly those eyes shoot a glance towards something in the room.

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Top 5 TED Talks about the future of work

Top 5 TED Talks About the Future of Work and the Global Workforce

We live in the era of the gig economy, which is a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs. Chances are, you know someone who makes money through companies like Airbnb, Lyft, Etsy, Upwork and so on.

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Event: Reshape business models for the digital age

Reshaping business models and the workforce in the digital age

We will be joined by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, Eugen Miropolski, MD of WeWork Europe & Israel, Ade McCormack, near futurist and digital strategist and Ella Bennett, Group HR Director at Home Retail Group for our next event on 28 September 2017.

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The case for lifelong learning

Future of Work-Running the Robot: As the laid-off struggle, high-tech US plants offer jobs

Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows – in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company’s plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as ”a GREAT employee.’

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Is Elon Musk wrong about the impact of AI?

Why Elon Musk Is Wrong About AI

There’s a growing debate about the impact that artificial intelligence will have on the future, with two tech luminaries themselves-Tesla (tsla) CEO Elon Musk and Facebook (fb) CEO Mark Zuckerberg-as figureheads representing glass-half-empty vs. half-full perspectives, respectively. Last week, Musk commented that AI is an ” existential risk for human civilization.”

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