What is the Workforce Futurist Newsletter?
An interesting regular read for curious horizon watchers with an interest in the rapidly changing world of work.
This will be delivered to your inbox with news, biased views, humble insights and original research. All with a dose of randomness, some humour and the odd special request.
Who will like it?
The Workforce Futurist newsletter is essential reading for the curious and the bold, the movers and the shakers – those making work better.
Digital nomads will read it on the beach and busy HR executives will browse during Zoom calls.
It will appeal to the work ‘ologists and the mixologists, teachers and students, the workers and the shirkers.
There will be actionable insights for product designers, block workers, artificial intellensia, people analysts and investors.
Who will not like it?
Nigel in Accounts will not like it, but you can’t please everyone…
Why am I writing?
My passion is to make work better. Much better.
I have been lucky to see great ways of working where teams of people are empowered to achieve great things.
I have also seen too many sad cubicles, organisations doomed to fail and under-utilised talent.
I believe we can make work better to enable more people to reach their potential.
Top articles to kick things off
There are more than 20 articles in the archive for you to browse, but here are 5 that have got people talking:
Unleashing the Decentralised Workforce - The first article is a long-read about redefining work in the Digital Covid Age, a description of some of the new decentralised workers and some difficult questions for workforce futurists.
Blockchain Workforce Update #2 Latest updates on identity management, digital wallets replacing CVs/resumes in Singapore and a beer-machine that checks your age!
The Personal Data Backlash — Next Up Recruitment? How secure is your personal career data really?
What Has the Internet Ever Done for HR? With some help from Monty Python, we look back at the benefits and flaws of the internet, and how that shapes the next decade.
The Campaign for Meaningful Work In a decentralised workforce with digital nomads and freelancers working alongside those with contracted jobs we still need to provide meaningful work. But what is it and how do we design it?
The Quantified Workplace:Technology vs Trust? Since this article was published, me and Jo have been on a global road trip in our BUG driverless car from Sydney to St.Petersburg via Singapore to Sarasota.
What are the BIG Questions driving this newsletter?
What happens when we ditch the CV/resume and workers own their career data and can exchange their time and skills directly with employers?
What on earth are playbourers, modders, live streamers, slashies and data labourers and how are they making money in the decentralised workforce?
Blockchain in HR! Who are the main players building this workforce infrastructure?
The gig economy is broken in places, what do we need to make it work?
What is a DAO, a platform cooperative, a data trust, a job marketplace, a digital guild and what will organisations look like in the 2020s?
What does this all mean for society, welfare, education, careers and YOU!
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Who am I?
My passion is to help build the next generation of work, making it much better and collaborating with like-minded people.
I advise organisations, foundations, start-ups/scale-ups in different industries.
I gained an MSc in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Birmingham in the UK, long before Ms Siri and Mr Watson.
I have worked on many global transformation programmes in a variety of settings from gothic psychiatric hospitals and prisons in London to vast train depots in Berlin and survived exponential visioning sessions in Los Angeles.
Before the pandemic, I spoke to more than 12,000 people at Global events in Australia, Russia, Singapore, USA, UK, France, Netherlands, China and Italy.
Thanks for reading!
Keynote Speech, RST Forum, Shanghai, 2019