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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What can we learn from corporate longevity?

30/11/2017Derek T
By Jane Simms, Work. ‘Google is not a conventional company,’ pointed out Larry Page and Sergey Brin in the opening line of their 2004 IPO letter. The message was intended for ... Read more »

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 »

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Wizard of Oz is the wrong model

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

Executive Summary It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the people holding those jobs. Few industries, if any, will be untouched. It is easy to find reports that predict the loss of 5 to 10 million jobs by 2020.

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Are we leveraging technology for profit or people?

Automation, robots and the ‘end of work’ myth

Can you imagine travelling to work in a robotic ” Jonnycab” like the one predicted in the cult Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall? The image from 1990 is based on science fiction, but Mercedes Benz does have a semi-autonomous Driver Pilot system that it aims to install in the next five years and Uber is also waging on a self-driving future.

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Leadership mindset for the future

What do leaders need to think about for the future of work?

The future of work will affect employers as much as employees. Cheryl Cran has some advice for leaders as they prepare for what is to come. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that the speed of change is increasing exponentially.

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Ethics and the future of work

HR: Can we please discuss ethics in the future of work?

In the past, we sat our privacy on a pedestal, we separated work from home and our personal information was, well, pretty personal. Today’s technology tracks our location, preferences and behavior to the point that it can predict where we are going next, what we will want and who we will like.

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AI augmenting human intelligence is the real future

AI Plus Human Intelligence Is The Future Of Work

We are living in interesting times, where digital assistants schedule meetings, chatbots work alongside humans as teaching assistants, and your smart phone translates Mandarin to English in real time. The implications are just starting to be felt in the workplace.

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Tech-enabled future fuels workplace debate

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Is private equity killing the future of work?

Vulture capitalists are killing off retail jobs

Private equity accounts for 61% of lost retail jobs

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Robot-human joint venture a “world first” for journalism

First robot-written stories from Press Association make it into print in ‘world-first’ for journalism industry

The first robot-generated stories produced by Press Association have appeared in print in what is claimed to be a world-first for journalism. RADAR – the automated news service set up by PA (the Press Association) and Urbs Media – has begun trialling computer-generateddata-driven content.

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Great at your job but not with technology…

What a Technophobe Doctor Shows About Future Jobs

What if your profession has never required much computer literacy — and then all of a sudden it does. Should you be fired? Should your license be yanked? That’s the question raised by the bizarre case of Anna Konopka, a physician who claims that New Hampshire has barred her from the practice of medicine because she does not know how to use the Internet.

Should this doctor have been able to keep her license and carry on practising?

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