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30 Nov

What can we learn from corporate longevity?

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 potential shareholders, but maybe it should have been seen as a warning for the hordes of businesses that try to emulate it, forgetting one vital detail: Google is rich. In April 2017, its parent company Alphabet’s market cap surpassed the $600bn mark for the first time. Read More

06 Nov

Dangers of a human future of work

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 helpful as we think about the future of work. Rather than simply operating as ‘inefficient robots’ we can celebrate what it is about us that is not automated or possible to replicate with an algorithm. Read More

03 Nov

What makes the future work in the Midlands?

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 to where individuals work and live.  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

23 Mar

Making the Future of Work Human — The Role of Social Action


The Role of Social Action

This is a unique workshop to co-create practical social action that puts people back into the heart of work and business.

One of the major themes to emerge from this community’s Big Tent event last October was the importance of connection and interaction between different people and communities, which not only helps with social cohesion and access to opportunities but also develops and enriches individuals, ultimately adding value to organisations and society. Social action, such as through volunteering and campaigning, can help turn these goals into reality.

The strong desire to move on from words into real action has been made clear, and this event will be the next step in shaping a social action movement that will help us all as individuals to take practical and much needed on-the-ground action.

The CIPD proudly runs a number of large-scale volunteering programmes (see Steps Ahead Mentoring and Enterprise Advisers). By bringing together the Future of Work is Human community with these volunteers, we hope to harness a collaborative power that will truly transform our communities and the wider world of work.

This is a great opportunity to help shape the future, catch up on insights, hear from challenging speakers as well as network with like-minded activists.

There are only a limited number of places so please register below or contact Vicky Dmochowski by Monday, 10 April to book your place.

Date: Thursday, 27 April 2017

Time: 09:00-13:00

Place: Wallacespace, 18 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DP

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