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 intelligentsia, 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
Here’s a good starting place for articles :-
Workforce Futurist 2021 Roundup - #WF24 - Most Popular Articles, Top Tweets, and Mega-Trends.
Here are 5 of the most popular articles :
Unleashing the Decentralised Workforce - the first article is a long-read about redefining work in the Digital Covid Age.
Blockchain and the Decentralised Workforce - building a new infrastructure of work with Web3, self-sovereign identity, digital credentials, and DAOs from start-ups to Workday.
Why The Four-Day Week Is Not The Answer - more robust and radical solutions needed.
24 Fast Growing WorkTech Unicorns🦄 - what’s behind the great work technology bull run?
The New Technology of Teams - how organizational network analysis can increase team collaboration.
More on how Web3 will change Work:
Why You Don’t Understand Web3 - and possibly nor sociology, economics either…
NFTs and the Tokenization of Work - What crypto creators tell us about the future of work.
What Has the Internet Ever Done for HR? - the internet has brought us great benefits for the last 20 years, but what happens in the next iteration?
More on Digital Transformation:
The Quantified Worker - the potentially large benefits for employers who use technology to empower their workers and build trust
The Golden Age of Digital Technology - what the five technology surges in the last 250 years tell us about the future, and how Web3 fits in.
Don’t Be Just Another Person With Data - Making better organisational decisions – asking big questions, cognitive bias, the rise of people analytics and enabling smarter teams
More on the Changing Workforce:
How Work Will Rebundle Into Decentralised Teams - Platform cooperatives, digital guilds and DAOs
Preventing the Great Burnout - Improving wellbeing in the workforce
The History of Remote Work - A quick look back before we zoom too far into the future.
The Campaign for Meaningful Work - in a decentralised workforce with digital nomads, freelancers working alongside those with contracted jobs, we still need to provide meaningful work. But what is it and how do we design it?
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?
Keynote Speech, RST Forum, Shanghai, 2019
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.
It is an honour to have my work recognised, for example, Top Key Opinion Leaders in the Future of Work from Onalytica.
Here is my info page with links to my research, videos and other resources.
Thanks for reading!