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151 items in FUTURE OF WORK

Start of a promising series on Forbes by brainfooder Heather McGowan, who makes the case for deeper investment in human capital in order to create the sort of self-updating workforce which can keep with the rate of change. An excellent essay with a signature McGowan visualisation on the stages of life.
Issue #214 published 16 Nov 2020
Digestible report from World Economic Forum, acts as a tone setter for ‘where we are now’ with some signposts as to where we are going to go. Not radical enough in my view (still talking hybrid model - come again??) but a decent primer on the key elements to think about in organisational design. Have a read here
Issue #212 published 2 Nov 2020
Josh Bersin brings us a new HR maturity model - administrative (1.0), service orientated (2.0) and agile consultancy (3.0). Which one are you now, and which one do you want to be? As ever with Bersin, some cool conceptual tools and frameworks in this call to action for HR
Issue #212 published 2 Nov 2020
Interesting speculations on this LinkedIn post, several of which are particularly well argued. The changing nature of business = resulting in changing competency profiles of candidates required, is probably a topic we’re going to run in Brainfood Live shortly. (Follow the channel if you’d like to get involved).
Issue #211 published 26 Oct 2020
We find ourselves at a defining moment: the decisions and choices we make today will determine the course of entire generations’ lives and livelihoods.
Essential report from the World Economic Forum. Must read so download here
Issue #211 published 26 Oct 2020
Exceptional white paper on the world of professional services from our buddies at ProFinda. Obviously must read if you’re in consulting, but of value to everyone who is on this newsletter as there are some interesting concepts and language, which can help us build the toolkit to tackle the challenges of post pandemic world of work. Have a read, here
Issue #210 published 18 Oct 2020
Two findings stand out: the rather conservative projection on the extent of remote work (1/10th of workforce, ‘some days’ of the week?) by exec level and the concurrent drive to diversify on premise workforce away from FTE. Management fear losing their grip? Take a look at this accessible report summary. H/T to brainfooder Adam Gordon for the share in the fb group
Issue #209 published 11 Oct 2020
New term for me: ‘adjacent skills’, in this context, meaning skills which are closely related to what you do, but perhaps are usually done by someone else. Neat exercise to think what they may be for us in the people business. Also useful to think about we seek greater agility in our career pathing. Have a read and a think here
Issue #208 published 4 Oct 2020
Andreesen Horowitz have been exhorting startups to build the next generation job board / matching platform, using blog posts like this to signal what they want to see built. Lots of things to thing about here - the content of what they say, the purpose behind why they are saying it, and how effective this technique might actually be for future product development. H/T to brainfooder Mitasha Singh for the share in the fb group
Issue #207 published 27 Sep 2020
Very promising resource for those who want to access and contribute to the future of work from the HR perspective. Couldn’t be anyone else other than brainfoder Lars Schmidt on this case could it?😉 - add to it, if you can.
Issue #206 published 20 Sep 2020
This is the sort of job no one could’ve imagined only 9 months ago - a person paid for DJ-ing crowd noise to the action on the sports field. It’s unquestionably essential for the sports entertainment, really interested to know how you would be assessed for such a job. If anyone at DAZN has any insight on this, let me know….
Issue #205 published 13 Sep 2020
More on OnlyFans, which to my mind is rapidly become the petri dish for how make a business in the ’passion economy’. Turns out, dedicated fans will be pay big bucks for hyper personalised, exclusive content. What’s new? Ownership of the means of production and distribution folks. A plausible future for some of us here, so we had better get acquainted with the mechanics on how this works (and get reading up on your Karl Marx…)
Issue #205 published 13 Sep 2020
What is more important: own the content or means of distributing that content? OnlyFans creators are figuring out what Youtubers, IOS app developers, Amazon e-tailers - and Reid Hoffman - have long known. Keep an eye on this theme - the ’passion economy’ will be a legit pathway for many of us and we will encounter these same challenges in white collar work - not only how to produce the work, but how to distribute to folks who might want to buy it.
Issue #204 published 6 Sep 2020
37 predictions for the future of work in the coming decade - it’s a fascinating projection, made all the more consumable by the bullet point like format of a twitter thread. Great brainfood folks, so have at it here H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira for the share.
Issue #202 published 23 Aug 2020
OnlyFans is big news…and referenced in Li Jin’s Unbundling of Work from Employment post earlier in this newsletter. Sex workers taking ownership of their business, or the inviduous pornification of society? It’s going to be part of our future - have a read here.
Issue #201 published 16 Aug 2020
Recruiters have a lot of skills sp what career paths do they transfer into? Great to work with our buddies at Zinc on this post on what other career options might be available for us in case we want or need to explore. Especially good in providing examples of those recruiters who successfully made the transition
Issue #201 published 16 Aug 2020
Li Jin was the first to give a new category of work a name. Her ’passion economy’ blog series encapsulated the type of ‘micro-entrepreneurship’ which generates revenue from a community of fans and followers. It’s Youtuber-ing, but on different platforms, for different audiences. Have a read, here
Issue #201 published 16 Aug 2020
Outstanding speculation on the future of work from brainfooder Andrew Spence. Read this if you want to learn about new categories of worker - curators, data labourers and ‘slashies’ (spoiler alert: you probably already are one). Must read
Issue #200 published 9 Aug 2020
Fascinating mea culpa from a guy who ended up lying for money on the Internet. Review sites of all types have got to be subject to gaming of this sort - too cheap and too easy to buy someone off to give you a good rating. Anyone done this with LinkedIn endorsements? btw: feel free to endorse me, but only for LinkedIn endorsements….
Issue #197 published 19 Jul 2020
The Future of Time
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Incredibly under viewed video (less than 500!) on the Future of Time, which is really about the future of what we do with time. Lots on the future of work here, including the end of synchronicity, which changes everything. 10 minutes of brainfood and - definitely worth your time.
Issue #195 published 5 Jul 2020
The role of online labour marketplaces is set to grow in the post Covid-19 world, as the marketplaces ‘verticalise’ (i.e produce better signal) and employers diversify workforce composition. Let’s get better at knowing the landscape. H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira for the share.
Issue #194 published 28 Jun 2020
Excellent high level view from Gartner. Especially significant: Expansion of the role of the employer in society, accelerating trend for alternative workforce, increase of remote working. Can HR / TA expand scope beyond the payroll? We had better…
Issue #194 published 28 Jun 2020
Great overview post which looks at the future of work through the lens of companies which are starting up (and getting funded) to service what that future looks like. Plenty of cool companies to review, useful categorisation of them too.
Issue #192 published 14 Jun 2020
Statement of Alliance
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The topic of Internal Mobility came up again on last Friday’s Brainfood Live so timing is right to review LinkedIn’s ’Tour of Duty’ concept - basic at one level but no less fundamental for it. It is about understanding the lack of permanence in work. H/T to brainfooder Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #191 published 7 Jun 2020
Fascinating report on a job that thousands of people are now going to do doing. Journalist Rory Cellan-Jones gives it contact tracing a go and his findings are eye opening. Lot of transferrable skills from sourcing / recruiting here to the Covid economy it seems. H/T brainfooder Petar Vujosevic for the share.
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
Always pay attention to what the CFO’s are thinking. No ‘rubber band’ bounce back to business as before and significant reconfiguration of the workforce to come. Must read folks.
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Having recently launched ‘HungBot’ (see above), I had the unfortunate task of doing some 'conversational design’ - I can tell you it’s very hard work. It might well be a job for the future though, so this explainer interview is well worth a read for us here. H/T to brainfooder Martyn Redstone for the share
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Synthesis from Josh Bersin is always worth a read. I don’t fully agree with his bold assessment that hyper sanitised manufacturers will be the model of the post Covid-19 working environment though. It’s going to be easier for most companies to shift what they can permanently to remote - and roboticise the rest. Have a read and let me know what you think.
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Inside the lives of the RV dwellers who are spending their golden years working in the e-tail behemoth’s warehouses. Not the sob story you may first think, but a necessary hedge we humans may have to make. 
Issue #58 published 23 Apr 2020
A historical dispute over who deserves what share in the increase value facilitated by machines may hold the lesson of the our times. We’re all going to be Luddites soon - we better know their history
Issue #36 published 23 Apr 2020
Great article here from the Open Democracy movement on how the internet created the gig economy and how it may lead to a new future of labour organisation
Issue #36 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating story on the mentor who coached millionaire Fortnite winners. Hugh Gilmour charged on £120 flat fee for this tutelage, indication of the immaturity of this market. With Fortnite’s black hole and subsequent relaunch last week, we can yet another surge of player interest, and perhaps more work for Hugh.
Issue #158 published 23 Apr 2020
Great read from Lin Jin on the ‘passion economy’ - where creators can build audience and tribe around a passion - and make a business from it. Tim Ferriss is probably the exemplar of the model where individuality is a feature, not a bug. Have a read here
Issue #158 published 23 Apr 2020
Eight Futures
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White Paper from World Economic Forum and BCG. Came out in January this year, but I somehow missed it, and shouldn’t have, because it’s excellent brainfood. Polarised World is my bet for most likely scenario. What’s yours?
Issue #107 published 23 Apr 2020
Incredible thesis by Andrew Kortina on declining labour force participation by young men in the US. The bottom line? For many young men, there’s no point in working for marginal gains as money no longer increases your social status. More conversation on this topic on Hacker News here
Issue #107 published 23 Apr 2020
What used to make manufacturing so great? Interesting thinking from Nicolas Colin - who along with his partner Laetitia Vitaud - are rapidly becoming the power couple in thinking about the future of work. Rather than bring back manufacturing jobs, we need to understand why we place them in such high esteem now that they are gone. Brainfood for sure, so have read here
Issue #159 published 23 Apr 2020
Ageing population, rise of robots and the loss of jobs, will lead to ‘the Great Transformation’ says this report from Bain & Company. It’s way too long to read through properly, but worth browsing through for the charts and main argument; it’s going to get crazy
Issue #71 published 23 Apr 2020
1. Big Tech, 2. Precision 3. Exodus and 4. Empathy - these are the ‘big 4’ future scenarios of the future of work in 2035 according the RSA. We’ll get a a flavour from each I suspect, though my money is No1. Digestible summary here, and but do take time to download the full report here
Issue #129 published 23 Apr 2020
The world of work is changing is folks, and sometimes if we look to the edges of the economy, we might see a glimpse of what that future might look like. Fascinating portrait of ‘bug bounty hunters’ - independent, contract-free workers who look for errors in software, in order to claim prizes offered by the software owners.
Issue #174 published 23 Apr 2020
It probably makes a difference if your first connected device was mobile or a laptop, whether first interface was keyboard or touchscreen. It’s time to rehabilitate the generational stereoptypes folks - some evidence on this from our buddies at HackerRank and more, from VisualCapitalist, here.
Issue #138 published 23 Apr 2020
Gig working is on the rise, especially in high skilled work. An employer with contracted employees is looking less and less like a model for the future. Accessible research paper by MBO Partners - downloadable here
Issue #93 published 23 Apr 2020
Accessible 52 pager from Mercer on the future of work. Focus is on organisational competitive advantage. Useful doc to circulate internally if you’re battling intransigence from the top. Download it here
Issue #105 published 23 Apr 2020
Alternative workforce, ‘Superjobs’, talent access - it’s all here in this interactive web app from Deloitte Insights. Some great research and commentary to explore. If you prefer, you can download the PDF here
Issue #136 published 23 Apr 2020
The doomsayers ….were all right though. They only underestimated the social & economic response made by society in response tech driven unemployment. Perhaps this is what we will need to do again. Great graphic nevertheless!
Issue #76 published 23 Apr 2020
A coming apocalypse for banks who are largely still depend on mainframe based systems - the old COBOL guys are starting to hit retirement - and no one is replacing them. Fascinating study on what happens when you become dependent on tech no one else understands
Issue #29 published 23 Apr 2020
Trainers, Explainers and Sustainers says the Sloan Management Review, broad categories of the new jobs that humans will perform in a near future scenario dominated by artificial intelligence. 
Issue #59 published 23 Apr 2020
Great overview of some of the major trends that are going to impact the world of work. Optimistic notes, which is a welcome change of tone from the current consensus
Issue #24 published 23 Apr 2020
Keep Feeding The Profile
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Opting out of traditional employment, leaves knowledge workers with far too many choices — and focusing on a career becomes harder the more opportunities we face. How do we overcome the hustle? Smart questions by a smart lady. H/T Anna Ott for writing this - a glimpse of the future default of work.
Issue #124 published 23 Apr 2020
A collection extraordinary interdisciplinary essays from some of the best thinkers of the future around. It’s a great field guide from the Royal Society, no less. You’d pay money for this book, so it’s must read / download - do it here
Issue #121 published 23 Apr 2020
100 Jobs of the Future
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What will our future workforce look like? Great bit of brainfood coming out of Australia, beautifully presented in this outstanding interactive website. Take the quiz, browse the future jobs or just deep dive into the report. H/T brainfooder Christine Shaw for the share.
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
1,000 True Fans? Try 100
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Li Jin has become an important populariser of the concept of the ‘passion economy’. According to her theory, you only need 100 'true fans’ to be able to start a business based a) your passion and b) your ability to deliver value to others who share it. This is probably what Recruiting Brainfood is now, so have a read here on another possible avenue for the future of work
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
Forecast: The cult of the coder will disappear as soon as we remove the keyboard as the primary source of input. OOP will become AR drag and drop, leading to the de-skilling of the entire industry. Devs are going hate this, but Dreamweaver 2.0 augurs the end!
Issue #25 published 23 Apr 2020
Easy to paint the corporations as the bad guys, but on-demand labour is a business logic that won’t go away. Legislation against is not going to help. 
Issue #25 published 23 Apr 2020
Economist Ronald Coase was one of the first to speculate why companies exist at all - when it seems to make more sense for us all to be independent freelancers. In the end it was because companies are able to aggregate demand, build persistent brand value and therefore reduce the cost of customer acquisition. That was the 1930’s though, and things might be about to change
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
How To Become A Centaur
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When we’re talking about the future of work, a ‘Centaur’ is a human being augmented by AI, rather than being displaced by it. Nicky Case makes the optimists case that this our likely future - a world of human workers supplemented, not dominated, by AI. It’s brilliant essay and a must read.
Issue #73 published 23 Apr 2020
“No government is prepared,” The Economist reports. And I suspect governments won’t have it in them to be prepared. We’re going to have to do this ourselves, people. 
Issue #23 published 23 Apr 2020
Tim O'Reilly has been talking about the the future of work. Here is is 97 page slide deck from his keynote on April 18, 2018. Useful to combine with some of his Youtube. H/T brainfooder John Sumser for the share. 
Issue #81 published 23 Apr 2020
Cities are going to pitch to host Amazons 2nd HQ. There’s 50,000 jobs up for grabs for the winning city - a transformatory number for a city of any size. It’s Amazon, getting on the right side of the people. Smart politics by Bezos, and perhaps the future for corporate / community / country relationships?
Issue #49 published 23 Apr 2020
Weird bit of speculative fiction from PwC of all companies - a report outlining 4 possible scenarios which might shape the world of work by 2030. Reads like Kim Stanley Robinson so I really liked this - give it a read if you’re into sci-fi….
Issue #120 published 23 Apr 2020
Smart bit of content marketing from LinkedIn - an archive of country-by-country guides on emerging jobs for 2020. Pulled from LinkedIn data so usual caveats on sample bias / usage adoption etc; nevertheless, some must read research
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Robot Macroeconomics
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Advances in machine learning and mobile robotics mean that robots could do your job better than you. That’s led to some radical predictions of mass unemployment, much more leisure or a work free future. But labour saving innovations and the debates around them aren’t really anything new.  
Issue #52 published 23 Apr 2020
World Economic Forum join forces with BCG to compile this report on ‘job transition pathways’. At it’s core, is a taxonomy of related jobs that we might be ideally suited to transition to if our current work gets threatened by automation. 
Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
What does NASA think about the future of work? You can find out in this massive archive of blog posts, research & reports. Fascinating and welcome to see future focus apply to internal organisation. H/T ‘foodie Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #137 published 23 Apr 2020
Significant experiment on the future of work from Github - open source contributors can now get rewarded directly from their followers. This is internet points translating into real world cash folks. We should all take a look, even if you’re not in tech.
Issue #137 published 23 Apr 2020
The movement to teach everyone to code was a premature rush to gold. We’ve probably got half a generation already onto a career path which they never should have been on. 
Issue #28 published 23 Apr 2020
Swedish company Epicenter were in the news this week - first company to microchip their employees for efficiency gains. The inevitable future, or the mark of Cain? Maybe both, maybe neither. Futurist and humanist Gerd Leonhard provides insight into where we’re headed.
Issue #26 published 23 Apr 2020
Men Without Work
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A long trend and an unfashionable crisis, hidden from view. Nothing good happens when large numbers of working age men drop out of economic activity. We’re beginning to see consequences. 
Issue #26 published 23 Apr 2020
Is this the future of performance management? At some point, we’re going to realise that human managers vary in their ability to improve the work of the team. Maybe behavioural science of small rewards / incremental progress can do it better
Issue #26 published 23 Apr 2020
HumanVSMachine
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This was my favourite thing on twitter this year - a bot that tweets side-by-side gifs of other bots out performing their human analogue. If ever you needed a drip feed of notifications that the future of work might not include us, this is the account to follow. 
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
We Should Tax The Robots
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Bill Gates bends his mind to the coming problem of tech unemployment with this shocking innovation idea - taxing the robots which replace the person. 
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
The rise of the machine has been a theme in brainfood this year - it’s been a theme for everyone thinking about the world of work. This superb essay from David Dixon Jr, finds a way between the cynicism and the fear, using history as foundation for thinking about the inevitable future
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
Remote Only
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This may become the canonical document on remote work. Clear, precise and helpful to those who want to know more about and /or embrace a fully distributed working culture. If you care about changing patterns of work or hiring / managing remote workers more effectively, read it and bookmark it. 
Issue #89 published 23 Apr 2020
Significant move by LinkedIn into the freelancer-therefore-future-of-work space. With the largest database of professionals, data on relationships between those professionals, as well info on how those professionals perform….LinkedIn has the firepower to sweep everyone off the board. Somebody get using this and let me know how it well it works.
Issue #153 published 23 Apr 2020
Ronald Coase is the fella who first asked the question ‘why do firms actually exist?’. Answer then: because customer acquisition costs were too high for individuals. That answer is becoming increasingly invalidated in the era of hyper connectivity. One of the future thinkers here
Issue #102 published 23 Apr 2020
Future of Jobs 2018
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Massive 147 page report from World Economic Forum on the Future of Jobs. Optimistic notes as 50+ million new jobs projected to be created by advances in technology, but with hundreds of millions more being disrupted, displaced or relocated, it’ll be a systemic break. You need to download this paper and read it.
Issue #102 published 23 Apr 2020
Non-artisanal food retail jobs is done. No one would pretend these are great jobs, but they were an alternative to unemployment or alt-revenue. Future is bright and bleak at the same time.
Issue #38 published 23 Apr 2020
Sorry folks, I’m with Deliveroo on this. We cannot legislate the future away. On-demand labour is a thing - at least until the robots take it over - so we better get on board with accelerating the trend. Nice read of Deliveroo’s pre-emptive tactics here, though the position of The Guardian as a critic is clear.
Issue #27 published 23 Apr 2020
When a post about the decline of the male breadwinner hits 300+ comments on a male dominated news service, you know you’ve hit a nerve. Comments from last week’s post on the decline of the male breadwinner
Issue #27 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent slide deck from Upwork, exploring the hiring behaviours of 1000 of US hiring managers. There is a discernible shift from the default of full time, permanent, onsite. Competitive advantage will go to those companies who figure out this transition to the mixed workforce.  
Issue #75 published 23 Apr 2020
pix2code may be a company worth keeping an eye on. According to this white paper, they have the tech to generate functional code from a screenshot of a UI. If true, this transforms software prototyping and suggests that the future of coding - like any other form of human labour - belongs to the machine. Youtube vid here
Issue #51 published 23 Apr 2020
You heard it here first. DataOps Engineering is a thing. 
Issue #34 published 23 Apr 2020
Do Platforms Work?
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Platform businesses have gobbled the hierarchical firm, and only by seizing the platform can workers avoid digital serfdom says George Zarkadakis. Work is political. It always has been.
Issue #99 published 23 Apr 2020
Minimal manning—and with it, the replacement of specialized workers with problem-solving generalists - is the main idea behind the US Navy personnel strategy. Outstanding essay from Atlantic, taking a deep dive into the skills vs experience debate. Have a read here
Issue #143 published 23 Apr 2020
Following from last week’s popular future modelling post, there’s more from Deloitte Insights: this time looking at projected job roles in government in 2025 and beyond. Free download of the paper here.
Issue #108 published 23 Apr 2020
Expertise maximises your reward in times of stability, but makes you vulnerable in times of change. In the era we’re heading towards, should we generalise or specialise? It’s an essential dilemma, for us and the people we recruit.
Issue #74 published 23 Apr 2020
Serving is Skilled Labor
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How we value roles has nothing to do with the skill it takes to do it and everything to do with the power relationships between the people involved in the transaction. Perhaps we nothing we can do about this, other than ponder the ethics of desiring the ‘human touch’ when we ask for the service….
Issue #152 published 23 Apr 2020
Actually an interesting listicle. I know, I too was amazed. 


Issue #17 published 23 Apr 2020
Rarely do book reviews make it to On Hiring, but for this, I will make an exception. On Hiring subscriber Seb Marion covers Alec Ross’s tome of the future of industry, breaking it up in easily digestible cameo’s. Great introduction to a book we all should probably read. 
Issue #17 published 23 Apr 2020
Can titles of conference talks tell us something about workplace trends? Evan Sinar makes a persuasive case that it can in the stunning analysis of SIOP (Society of Industrial & Occupational Psychologists) conference talks over the past 10 years. So someone should really do something like this for HR/Recruiting events? 
Issue #87 published 23 Apr 2020
Instead of ‘teaching girls to code’ maybe we need to teach boys to care? Research suggests traditionally male occupations might be at greater risk of automation, and it is service work that we don’t want to automate which will be much more robust against tech unemployment. Doctors will be robots, nurses will stay human Important read
Issue #135 published 23 Apr 2020
Outstanding resource from OECD who have categorised their research findings into this massive searchable archive. It’s probably the single most important source of information on the future of work. You basically need to bookmark this
Issue #135 published 23 Apr 2020
Deloitte Insights produce some very decent brainfood. This accessible 40 pager suggests that a route out of a future of mass tech unemployment might come through the redefinition of what work actually is - not just the execution of tasks but of the finding & creating value and meaning. A bit ‘right on’, but it might just also be right. Download it here
Issue #110 published 23 Apr 2020
Josh Bersin is a great synthesiser of macro technological and economic trends and applying them to the world of work. His output on the Coronavirus Crisis has been excellent, ‘the Big Reset’ certainly counts amongst those. Have a read
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
That Covid-19 is an accelerant to underlying trends already underway is a theory that is rapidly gaining consensus. Heather McGowan puts together an accessible overview here - its a cause for cautious optimism but also a call to action to rework the procedural debt we’ve allow to accrue.
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
Fantastic slide deck from ARK Invest, covering some of the big ideas that are a little under the radar for the laity. Not recruiting specific, but all of these ideas have implications for us in the people business. Recommend you read.
Issue #68 published 23 Apr 2020
It didn’t take long before I gave up on professionalism and slipped into oversharing the messier parts of life that I usually don’t put on display for coworkers.
Ellen Freemen on with a real life experiment on blurring the boundaries of work / play. Fascinating experiment - read it here.
Issue #104 published 23 Apr 2020
Viral Flows
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Outstanding essay by John Hagel on the efficiency vs resiliency, with lessons for us on how we build our future businesses and careers. Diversifying ‘supply chain’ is the key concept, and transplants directly on how we must view employment and income streams. Have a read
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
Key points: work gets unbundled / re-bundled, shift from hierarchy to networked teams, organisational boundaries become fuzzy with increase in flexible, non-employees providing essential resource. Great brainfood from McKinsey. Summary here, full report here
Issue #86 published 23 Apr 2020
A very interesting report from McKinsey&Co, taking a view of the future of work with a gendered lens. The future might favour women overall, though with gaps to fill in STEM and leadership roles. Download the report here. H/T to brainfooder Oana Iordachescu for the share.
Issue #119 published 23 Apr 2020
The Future of Work
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There are a lot of HR / Recruiting folks in the blogosphere, but few have a really great ‘voice’. Laurie Ruettiman is one of them. It’s great to see her back on the HR scene, talking now about something we all need to care about - the future of work. 
Issue #60 published 23 Apr 2020
The End of Loyalty?
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Laetitia Vitaud is on a one person mission to rehabilitate the image of the ‘futurologist’. She is one of the brainfood folks to follow in 2019 and it’s mainly for posts like this. Deep thinking, accessible writing, great reading on the future of work.
Issue #133 published 23 Apr 2020
Brilliant summary by brainfooder Marija Gavrilov of the International Labour Office research paper on how platform business’s design choices impact gig workers well being. Read Marija’s summary here and the full report from ILO downloadable here
Issue #90 published 23 Apr 2020
What happens when you become an ‘anti-salesman’? Great post by Theodore Bendixson, who is struggling to balance professional detachment with the need to make a living as a contractor. 
Issue #56 published 23 Apr 2020
China will probably be the first major nation to have to confront the challenge of mass tech unemployment. What to do with the economically unviable? Probably nothing good. 
Issue #22 published 23 Apr 2020
Decline of the Dad Job
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Socio-political implications of these long term trends are now bearing bitter fruit. Outstanding analysis from an blog that needs to be more widely read. 
Issue #22 published 23 Apr 2020
Produce or perish is the mantra for the highly skilled, indie consultant market. Familiar to a lot of readers on the brainfood who are on, or plan to be on, this journey. Good luck to you all and please do, have a read.
Issue #91 published 23 Apr 2020
Strangely apolitical post here, which assumes the inexorable continuation of globalising trends. Will this survive the return of big man politics? Not sure I’m onboard with these predictions but have a read, make up your own mind. 
Issue #19 published 23 Apr 2020
Chapterships?
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I must admit skepticism went into overdrive when I first read the premise - but then I thought - maybe this guy has got it right. Your job really is usually done after 2 years. Maybe we should recognise this formally before we accept it. An interesting concept that needs to go places. 
Issue #19 published 23 Apr 2020
More Robots, Fewer Jobs
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Some interesting speculations here. Bottom line: tech unemployment is going to be the norm. 
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
Is the end of the company nigh? Flash organisations are on-demand teams assembled for single purpose then disbanded when no longer needed. This, of course, requires gig workers, something governments need to understand, not legislate against 
Issue #41 published 23 Apr 2020
Persuasive analysis from Scott Santerns, on a vision of the future which I think will become consensus. Our lack of answers to the challenge of tech unemployment will also become consensus. Perhaps the machines what we should do when there is actually no need to do it.  
Issue #39 published 23 Apr 2020
Deloitte Insights are consistently coming up with outstanding research driven content on the future of work and organisations. The research website is here, download full report here - it’s an outstanding resource.

Issue #88 published 23 Apr 2020
Jane Watson has a really interesting perspective on the rise of ‘shadow work’ - the shift of labour from businesses to consumers, via automation. This is an excellent blog from an author worth paying attention to.
Issue #101 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating perspective from Google’s Director of UX Sara Ortloff Khory on the design of Google Hire, Google for Jobs and Google Talent Solutions. Main gist: designing tools for work where change is constant. Have a read
Issue #101 published 23 Apr 2020
Outstanding essay on key trends impacting the how we go about our work; some new terms for you to get a handle on:‘centaur workers’, the new precariat and the deliberate return of human connections where once they were disintermediated. Must read folks. 
Issue #55 published 23 Apr 2020
Where tech workers go, the rest of us are sure to follow. Fans / Followers of GitHub repo’s can now monetarily reward their heroes - now rolled out to 30+ countries. This is the ’passion economy’ folks, and for the highly skilled & highly networked, it’s going to be a way out of the market economy
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
Santiago Lopez has made history last week by becoming the first white-hat hacker to earn $1 million in bug bounties. Kudos to Santiago, who’s now a rich young man, and who also might just be providing an example of a new relationship we might be able to have with work. Have a read here
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
Important research from Mercer on global talent trends. Broad strokes are clear: employees want to be less like employees and more like freelancers, but with job security and benefits. Can employers adapt? If we can’t then employment might become untenable. Must read folks.
Issue #157 published 23 Apr 2020
Upwork’s annual report on the state of freelancing in the US. Main takeaway? Industry professionals at the top of their game choosing the freelancing working pattern and would refuse a permanent job offer regardless of comp. Website here, slide deck here, one pager here
Issue #157 published 23 Apr 2020
Nice thought experiment from Deloitte Insights, profiling 5 new jobs of the near future (2025), in job description style. Particularly like the ‘time-over-tasks’ breakdown, though a bar rather than a shape ;-). Download the accessible report here
Issue #106 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Dawn’ is a cafe where the robot servers are operated by housebound workers at home. Fascinating application of remote technology to activate the socially isolated. Japan always seems to have a way of quirkily innovating like this - love to know if anyone has any theories as to why. Answers on a wasabi kit kat.
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Threading’ - a style of bullet point by tweet - has been one of best things to happen in twitter in recent times. Threader app is perhaps the best client for discovering great threads. I didn’t realise the two founders were a couple who made it whilst they were digital nomads. Future of work - at least digital work - might be here.
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
FairTube Campaign
FUTURE OF WORK
A new category of work is emerging folks - creator / curators who work in the ’passion economy’. Youtube has led the way with this, with thousands of full time Youtubers earning living doing their thing; its now fascinating to observe them organise against the platform - a very modern iteration of what used to be a shop floor worker vs factory owner. Check out the manifesto of the ‘FairTube’ campaign here
Issue #160 published 23 Apr 2020
In case you didn’t read the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report 2018 from last week’s brainfood (full report here), WEF have provided bite sized this summary.
Issue #103 published 23 Apr 2020
For a look at the future of work, sometimes it’s useful to look at the history of work. Companies are the default form of organisation of skilled labour is being challenged, from the ground up, typically by co-ops of skilled artisans. 5 cases studies from London to Berlin in this beautifully arrange piece by NYT
Issue #134 published 23 Apr 2020
Quillette is pretty much a right wing anti-feminist Jordan Peterson loving publication …but….they’ve got a good piece here. The narrative on gig working needs greater nuance, and especially missing are the voices of those who actually do the work. Have a read here, and also make sure to check out the HN thread for further discussion
Issue #146 published 23 Apr 2020
Work is being ‘unbundled’ or disaggregated into tasks and the company is making less sense than ever as a unit of organising that work says Laetitia Vitaud. Concise and accessible essay on the future of work. 
Issue #85 published 23 Apr 2020
When labor markets tighten, wages are expected to rise. But in recent years, as unemployment has fallen below 5 percent in the United States, wages have not been increasing as fast as in the past. Short but informative post from the New York Times. 
Issue #53 published 23 Apr 2020
Bring On The BodyNET
FUTURE OF WORK
“Soft tech” - stretchable sensors, circuits and batteries are about to change our relationships with electronics and each other. Creepy cool from Nature. 
Issue #53 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Ruby on Wheels’ is a Jakob Class’s blog about a developer who is practising true digital nomadism - living & coding out of a van. Here’s his take on his first 150 days. Solution to the housing crisis, right here?
Issue #53 published 23 Apr 2020
Some superb dystopia from the FT here, with a post packed full of new language we need to describe the future of work “human intelligence tasks” performed by the “precariat” which is kind of an “artificial artificial intelligence”. This is a thought provoker and a great read. H/T brainfooder David Green for the share. 
Issue #53 published 23 Apr 2020
The latest episode in the evolving story of conflict between platform vs worker. It’s a battle which is going to dominate any future world of work. Creators on Youtube have created a union and are self organising against the giant platform, mirroring what developers on the app store tried to do a year ago. Platforms will have to come to an arrangement if the creator workforce can organise and stay disciplined. This is what politicised labour looks like for the 21st century.
Issue #147 published 23 Apr 2020
More on ‘soft’ or non-cognitive skills. The future of work depends on training ourselves to be as least like machines are possible. An overdue corrective to a STEM train currently in overdrive
Issue #20 published 23 Apr 2020
Teaching your kids of code? We’re preparing them for a future that might not exist. Mark Cuban makes the case for the liberal arts, much needed counterpoint to current consensus towards STEM
Issue #20 published 23 Apr 2020
Seth Godin is famous for writing micro blogs. Turns out, he’s pretty useful at the longer form also. This is his take on the skills we need to reposition in order to stay relevant in an AI dominated world. 
Issue #20 published 23 Apr 2020
A collection of examples of workforce automation. We’ve seen some of these examples before but rarely collected together in one place. Good overview on what we have to know about tech unemployment
Issue #20 published 23 Apr 2020
Wanted: Parent?
FUTURE OF WORK
Amazing job ad, reposted on twitter by Kimberley Harrington, and brought to my attention by brainfooder Matt Buckland. Two minds about this - is it ok to delegate parenthood? The rich have always done it, and even those that are not rich do elements of it if we can. Have a read, maybe a laugh and a think
Issue #172 published 23 Apr 2020
Docu-series from Wired dedicated to analysing the impact intelligent automation on various industries. It’s short, superbly produced and accessible web series . Must watch for anyone interested in automation and the future of work
Issue #154 published 23 Apr 2020
100 Jobs Of The Future
FUTURE OF WORK
Who would have thought that HR would be good at Sci-fi? As a fan of both genres I was always going to sympathetic to this effort from Deakin University. Fascinating speculation for what may coming round the corner. Explore the website here and download the pdf here. H/T to brainfooder Christine Shaw for the share
Issue #149 published 23 Apr 2020
The drive to STEM is well meaning but perhaps too late as technology might accelerate beyond our ability to contribute it. It is perhaps wiser to revalue the traits what we have historically devalued, and focus on the work machines cannot do. 
Issue #40 published 23 Apr 2020
Along with AI, BlockChain is going to be most significant technological innovation shaping the near future world of work. As folks in the people business, we need to understand it better - this is an accessible a guide as any on how it works. 
Issue #40 published 23 Apr 2020
Rise of the Robolawyers
FUTURE OF WORK
No reason why the law cannot be entirely automated. As George Bernard Shaw once said, the professions are a conspiracy against the laity. 
Issue #32 published 23 Apr 2020
Our desire to decouple from the dirty business of money exchange is unabated. Accommodation in exchange of labour is almost the oldest deal in the book. 
Issue #50 published 23 Apr 2020
HR & Recruitment Trends post, with me in it. That’s not the reason to read it though, as it also has much better observations from smarter people like William Tincup, Jim Stroud, Katrina Collier and many others. Have a look here, feel free to heckle.
Issue #173 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting thought experiment by Marija Gavrilov on what the automation of care will do to how we value the human touch. Will it human empathy become a premium value or will it be eliminated as robots do it better? Accessible read on the future of work.
Issue #140 published 23 Apr 2020
A macabre future surely beckons for many of us who might make a living through selling parts of ourselves to the market. This gent - as a full time sperm donor - might be a pioneer of a new type future of work. NB: of course it will be the poor that will sell to the rich.
Issue #140 published 23 Apr 2020
It was tech that led with the social web, the agile way of working and open source commits. Is it leading again with the idea of worker-owned businesses? Here’s an operating document to get you started if you want to give it a crack.
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
Crafting A Life
FUTURE OF WORK
White-collar workers are fleeing their desks to become brewers, bakers and pickle-makers. Can the artisanal economy be the solution to AI and workforce automation? Fascinating article on the future of work, which may end up looking a lot like the history of work. 
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020
Tl;dr of this is social skills + mathematics. Learning to deal with people and numbers. We probably all need a refresher on this
Issue #31 published 23 Apr 2020
Out of sight, out of mind. We know this is true, but perhaps ‘career progression’ is a concept that has had its day. 
Issue #31 published 23 Apr 2020
Yuval Noah Harari might be the chronicler of our age. If you haven’t read his book ‘Sapiens’, you should. Here’s a short essay on the search for meaning when the work has gone. 
Issue #31 published 23 Apr 2020