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27 Sep

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

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 our economy. In short, we must choose between a civilization that takes a few to the stars, and one that takes the many. Read More

14 Aug

Is it ‘engagement’ or simply good management practice?

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? Read More

21 Jul

Peter Drucker: the social and human value of work

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 then nascent management guru had queried why a top committee had spent four hours discussing the assignment of a mechanic. Sloan explained Read More

12 Jul

Good work and a process of renewal

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 is turning his attention to business’s capacity for transformative change. Neal’s point is that politics is not the only agency for change — corporations, not just politicians, must fill the vacuum of leadership. Read More

23 May

The humane workplace

By Sandy Wilkie, Engage for Success, Thought & Action Steering Group.


Of course, we’d like to think that the Orwellian vision of repressed and repetitive workplaces have, like William Blake’s dark, satanic mills of the early 19th Century, passed into history. But have they really? Read More

12 Apr

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 like The Studio in Liverpool. Its aim is preparing students for the future of work in a digital age. Read More

17 Mar

The ‘human factor’ in business

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 bar? And did you know that KitKat was created by a founding member of the CIPD — Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree? Read More

16 Mar

Can capitalism be saved to better the world?

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 evasion, outsourcing to the lowest bidder, mistreatment of staff and mis-selling all cast a negative Read More

20 Feb

Intelligent robots still not the real thing

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 not like change very much. Read More

20 Jan

A model for work that works (Part 2)

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 (Part 1)”, we continue to unpack the need to invent a new model that is good for society, business and us. Read More