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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

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

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

05 Jun

FT Engage: What will we do when machines do everything?

FT Engage: What will we do when machines do everything?

Join a mix of CEOs, FT journalists, HR directors, policy-makers, academics, think tankers and NGOs/campaigners, together with CIPD Chief Executive Peter Cheese, author of Willful Blindness and A Bigger Prize Margaret Heffernan, FT Innovation Editor John Thornhill, FT Special Projects Editor Robin Kwong and FT employment correspondent Sarah O’Connor to consider the human response to automation and what this means for the future world of work. 

Doors will open at 6:00pm.

The conversation will begin at 6:30pm, with drinks to follow until 8:30pm.

Reserve your place here.

24 Apr

CIPD London Future of Work Conference

CIPD London Future of Work Conference

Demographics and technology trends are changing work and working lives and the pace of change is a challenge for every organisation. This conference explores the changing landscape of work; how business and individuals can prepare for a period of disruption and opportunity and how HR and the people profession can help shape a Future of work that is human.

Joined by experts, thought leaders and HR practitioners, we will explore the big themes around the future of work, including the impact of technology, robots and automation; the gig economy, organisational structures, democracy in the workplace and the future of work itself.

For more information or help with registration, please contact Ciprian Arhire, Regional Support Executive, CIPD, at



09:00 – 9:30 | Registration and Networking Coffee

Pick up your badge, a coffee, and break the ice with other delegates as you fuel up for a great day!

09:30 – 9:45 | Would you ever want a hug from a robot? (15 min)

To open the conference we will articulate some of the key questions that we hope you’ll explore today and following the event. Should we be worried or excited about the future of work? What’s the point of work? Will the point of work change and how might it do so? Is happiness a legitimate business and economic outcome? Should we step away from a 9-5 working week construct together?

David D’Souza, Head of London and Branch Engagement, CIPD

09:45 – 10:10 | Opening Keynote: The Future of Work and the People Profession (25 min)

As people professionals we’re always concerned with the Future of Work and what does that mean for us and the organisations we operate in. We need to engage with the strategic agenda and the drivers shaping the future of work and we need to do that withconfidence, insight, and judgement to challenge, holding true to our professional values. Peter Cheese, CIPD’s CEO will share his vision of the Future of Work and how it will impact the future of the HR profession.

Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD

10:10 – 10:45 | Humour and happiness for increased engagement and productivity (35 min)

Are the complexities of what humans need to grow, develop and live, understood within your organisation’s strategy and ethos? This session will introduce an understanding of how to cultivate realistic happiness and how we can think differently about how to get the best out of people.

Stephanie Davies, CEO, Laughology Consulting and Development

10:45 – 11:15 | Coffee Break and Networking (30 min)

11:15 – 12:20 | Future skills and job quality (65 min)

This session will explore the challenges businesses are facing as they try to keep up with and prepare for the changing skills and employment demand of a rapidly changing world of work. Our speakers will discuss developing skills and talent management plans aligned to changing needs of business and growing capability in key areas including digital and the Gig Economy.

Prof Christopher Warhurst, Director, Institute of Employment Research | University of Warwick
Sharron Pamplin, HR Director UK & Europe, Atkins Global
Mathew Davies, HR Director, AddisonLee

12:20 – 13:20 | Lunch, Networking and exhibitors (60 min)

13:20 – 14:20 | Trust, leadership and sustainable business (60 min)

We’ll explore what organisations are doing to become fit for the future when it comes to their culture and structure and why democratic workplaces are good for business and people. We’ll look at flat organisations, remote working and democracy at work and identify why and how HR can apply these principles in their own organisations.We’ll explore ways we can give a voice and autonomy to our employees and empower and enable them to become co-owners and co-creators.
Perry Timms, Futurologist and speaker on the Future of Work, Director, People Transformation HR
Diana Prodanciuc, Alumni and Experience Co-Creator, The Alternative University
Jane Barnett-Roberts, Head of Democratic Engagement, John Lewis Partnership

14:20 – 14:50 | Creating meaning in the workplace (30 min)

After visiting the most inspiring organisations in the world and trying to understand how each of them creates happiness and meaning in the workplace, the Corporate Rebels are now ready to share their findings and practical guidance on creating meaningful work and bringing happiness to our workplace.

Joost Minnaar and Pim de Morree – The Corporate Rebels

14:50 – 15:20 | Coffee, Networking and exhibitors (30 min)

15:20 – 16:20 | Disruption and opportunity – the role of technology in shaping the future of work (85 min)

Looking at some of the technological trends that are impacting business and people. From robots to chatbots, machine learning, AI, wearable technology to automation in the workplace, we will explore what organisations are doing in this space to remain competitive. Exploring a study case on the use of technology and AI in the workplace to remove bias from decision-making and improve productivity.

Dr Richard MacKinnon, Insight Director, Future Work Centre

16:20 – 17:00 | The importance of D&I, today and in the Future of Work – Closing Keynote (30 min)
Closing the day we will look at why Diversity and Inclusion should be at the core of every organisation that operates now and why it’s even more important that our future of work be a diverse and inclusive environment.
John Amaechi OBE, Organisational psychologist and Founder, Amaechi Performance Systems

17:00 – 17:30 | Networking drinks

You will get plenty of opportunities to share your thinking around the future of work and interact with other attendees, our speakers, our sponsors and exhibitors, all passionate about creating an exciting future across the day, networking sessions and lunchtime.
If you’re an organisation interested in supporting the future of work and work with CIPD London in shaping and delivering this conference please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.


Joining instructions

Please make sure you’re bringing a photo ID and if you’re a member, your membership card on the day of the conference. You will receive your badge, agenda and conference pack at the reception based upon identification.

Cancellations and refunds policy

If you are unable to attend this conference please give us at least 1 week notice and we will be happy to refund 100% of your booking fee or book you on to a subsequent event to the same value. Cancellations received after this time will be non-transferable and non-refundable.

Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used in future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the conference, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

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

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

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