What is the Workforce Futurist Newsletter?

An interesting read for curious horizon watchers with an interest in the rapidly changing world of work. 

This will be delivered to your inbox every couple of weeks with news, biased views, humble insights and original research.  All with a dose of randomness, 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.

What Readers Say

Outstanding speculation on the future of work Hung Lee - Recruiting Brainfood

I’ve known Andy Spence for a few years and his thinking is consistently a few years ahead of the vast majority of analysts and consultants in our space. David Green -People Analytics leader

This article has really made me think about the next normal of how work will be done and how the workforce and society will come together to add new value to what is now seen as today's broken model. Hélène Stanway Global Head of Technology Innovation AXA

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 25 articles in the archive for you to browse, but here are a few that have got people talking:

What are the BIG Questions driving this newsletter?

  1. What happens when we ditch the CV/resume and workers own their career data and can exchange their time and skills directly with employers?

  2. What on earth are playbourers, modders, live streamers, slashies and data labourers and how are they making money in the decentralised workforce?

  3. Blockchain in HR! Who are the main players building this workforce infrastructure?

  4. The gig economy is broken in places, what do we need to make it work?

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

My research has included “Blockchain and the CHRO” with Don Tapscott, and I have recognition in the HR and Technology industry.

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.

It would be great to connect with other Workforce Futurists on LinkedIn and Twitter

Thanks for reading!

Keynote Speech, RST Forum, Shanghai, 2019