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Social mobility - or lack thereof - might in the end be the single most important factor that produces unequal outcomes. What can employers do about this? Worthy research by Totaljobs on the UK market, followed with a decent how-to checklist at the end.
Issue #267 published 21 Nov 2021
We have already seen ‘job boards for the unvaccinated’, so one wonders what other innovations might emerge from US President Biden’s mandate for employees to be vaccinated? Summary of the rules & implications for our US readers here
Issue #265 published 7 Nov 2021
‘Recruiters’ but we were not listed (do we not get married? are we not people?), so the best thing I could was search for ‘human resource manager’ who turned out to mainly marry other human resource managers….. fun tool.
Issue #264 published 31 Oct 2021
University education has long been presented as the stepping stone for upward social mobility, but is that the case for all universities / colleges and for all degrees? In-depth, accessible, sobering research on the market value of the US college degree.
Issue #263 published 24 Oct 2021
Working for oneself or another individual or a household is associated with lower wellbeing than working for a private company, a cooperative or a public sector/government organisation.
As the workers in the more privileged parts of the globe, set up shop as solopreneurs, freelancers and creators, those who are less privileged, have different needs from work. Full report here, summary here.
Issue #261 published 10 Oct 2021
Can you believe it is the 9th anniversary of Data Never Sleeps, the classic infographic by DOMO on the size of the user generated internet based on the amount of data being produced / consumed by us users. You’ll probably use this in a slide deck somewhere.
Issue #261 published 10 Oct 2021
‘free to use a mix of emotional heuristics and rational optimisation’…..one of many quotable moments in this fantastic interview with legendary ad man, Rory Sutherland. Must listen - every minute is worth it.
Issue #259 published 26 Sep 2021
They’d work with the client, picking the brains of the older, retired employees who originally wrote the systems — but have occasionally had an old-timer die in the middle of the process….
COBOL programmers dying - through old age - is a real problem in a society which has come to rely on this ever decreasing pool of talent. Fascinating story on one of the most crucial hiring challenges in tech recruitment today.
Issue #258 published 19 Sep 2021
The ‘candidate shortage’ disproportionately impacts industries which have long exploited immigrant labour. The UK Gov ‘solution’ of using prison labour simply transfers the exploitation from one vulnerable group to another. What role do we - as recruiters - play in this system? Long, important read. Especially if you also enjoy eating chicken.
Issue #257 published 12 Sep 2021
Some interesting insights presented here on how US citizens are using the Internet, during the pandemic era. Check out the demographic breakdown on those most likely to use video. Essential considerations if we are to be successful in engineering any kind of ‘whole of society’ recovery.
Issue #256 published 5 Sep 2021
Just 18 months since Jack Ma was lauding the work (very) hard culture of Chinese tech, it’s been banned. No matter what waivers have been agreed with employees, overtime must now be paid for any work over 44 hours per week. Some huge policy shifts in the world’s second largest economy this past month - state interventionism is back, and in a big way. Rui Ma twitter feed is a great English language friendly source if you want to track this yourself.
Issue #255 published 29 Aug 2021
With Brexit induced labour shortages in logistics, food processing, agriculture, retail and other industries, it looks like UK Gov is going to try and fill the shortfall with prison labour, which will presumably also puts a future trade deal with Australia under threat. Whilst we do need to reconnect the formerly incarcerated with economic opportunity, how to do this ethically, and stay compliant with other countries trade policies? A topic for Brainfood Live I think
Issue #255 published 29 Aug 2021
More data aggregation, this time from our buddies Indeed, whose Hiring Lab blog is fast becoming a must read resource. This post tracks the direction employers are going on the employee choice vs employee right to safe workplace we discussed last week. It’s becoming increasingly, ‘no jab, no job’.
Issue #254 published 22 Aug 2021
Interesting research from Gallup; headline figures are that 50% of the US employees are thinking about a new job; more interestingly is what it takes to move them - 20% compensation uplift if they like their manager, and next to nothing if they don’t. Managers, are key. Full report, but digestible enough.
Issue #253 published 16 Aug 2021
Once-a-decade release of US census data shows a changing and diversifying population. Relevant for DEIB initiatives, as well as for talent mapping in order to reach diversity targets. H/T for brainfooder Martyn Redstone for the share in the fb group
Issue #253 published 16 Aug 2021
Some occupations disproportionately open up more future opportunities than others. So it would seem to make sense to create more of these ‘gateway occupations’ to enable greater social mobility for the millions of workers most vulnerable to workforce automation. Important research from McKinsey&Co
Issue #250 published 25 Jul 2021
The State of the Octoverse explores a year of change with new deep dives into developer productivity, security, and how we build communities on GitHub
Data up to end of 2020, on how developers are building in open source. Beautifully done, and fascinating trends, especially on productivity. H/T brainfooder Denys Dinkevych for the share
Issue #249 published 18 Jul 2021
Simple, easy-to-use tool; input your location, select your county, and output the sort of money you need to be making to above the poverty line. Useful for anyone doing Comp & Bens work, and fascinating for anybody interested in thinking about where future talent might relocate to. NB US data only
Issue #245 published 20 Jun 2021
Systems will always be gamed, but privation creates motivation to do so. Another post which can be read as the impact of perverse incentives. Respect is surely due to the couple serially marrying & divorcing each other in order to secure government mandated ‘honeymoon leave’ and of course, the legendary Mr Zhang Salmon Dreams 🤣
Issue #243 published 6 Jun 2021
Heather McGowan is a brilliant essayist on the future of work. Her series here with Forbes is consistently a must read, with this latest episode weaving together multiple publications to tell the story of profound change. There is no doubt we are at an inflection point; there is some doubt though, which way it is going to go.
Issue #242 published 30 May 2021
A story of perverse incentives, where legislation aimed at protecting workers, encourages employer behaviour which produces the opposite outcome. Google likely uses Modis in order to get around a law which obliges them to convert long term contractors to perm - an old story in recruitment. As ever, HN has the most nuanced supporting conversation thread
Issue #237 published 23 Apr 2021
Interesting sentiment analysis from PwC, who surveyed 32,517 members of the general public, with respondents including workers, business owners, contract workers, students, unemployed people looking for work, and those on furlough or who were temporarily laid off.
What were their - our - hopes and fears? Accessible and important report - get it here
Issue #236 published 18 Apr 2021
A big test for Amazon and the revival of the union movement in the US has an outcome - workers at the Bessemer site vote 71% against joining the  Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. This post tells the story from two workers of that 71%. HN as ever, has the best thread for deeper conversation on the topic.
Issue #235 published 11 Apr 2021
Remember the line….👇 from the 9 trends post earlier?
Employers will shift from managing the employee experience to managing the life experience of their employees?
The thread is picked up in this outstanding essay on challenges which come from the collapse of the barrier between the professional and the personal - and the long overdue reckoning that society needs to make with the economy.
Issue #233 published 28 Mar 2021
Balanced and well-referenced post by brainfooder Jim Stroud on the rising phenomenon of employee activism. At root, most of us would welcome increased rights for workers, but there is always misalignment between what is best for the worker, vs what is best for the employer. As HR / TA, we most often find ourselves squarely in the middle. No solutions here, but plenty of background reading - have at it, here
Issue #233 published 28 Mar 2021
Barriers against job mobility for immigrant labour is one of the main reasons why immigrant labour wages are low - they have zero leverage to negotiate better terms. Big news in the Arab world as Saudi Arabia loosens the restrictions of the kalafa system, which some have criticised as a form of modern indentured service. H/T to brainfooder Bas van de Haterd for the share
Issue #232 published 21 Mar 2021
Remote jobs are more common on major cities? An incongruity which makes sense when you consider that most jobs that could be performed remotely - generally the white collar, knowledge based ones - were mainly located in metropolitan centres. Must read research accessibly reported by brainfooder Pawel Adrjan, Head of EMEA Research at Indeed.
Issue #228 published 21 Feb 2021
Massive report from the International Labour Organisation - one all of us should download. VisualCapitalist have crunched the data into a cool animated visualisation for those who want a more accessible high level view. H/T to brainfooder Ivan Harrison for the share.
Issue #228 published 21 Feb 2021
It’s smart policy to take an interest in longitudinal trends. Big Ideas by ARK Invest is as good as place to start as any - an accessible report on some of the big trends which have transformatory potential in industry. H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #226 published 7 Feb 2021
Sorry to close the brainfood segment with this terrible incident but it got me thinking about the additional risks that come from being the bearer of bad news. Does our role - perceived or otherwise - as gate keepers to the benefits of the employment create additional risks for us in pandemic era? And if so, what do we do about it? Maybe a topic of the first Brainfood Clubhouse chat (as soon as it appears for the ‘droiders)
Issue #225 published 31 Jan 2021
Can you guess some of these? Surprisingly, ‘You’re on mute" wasn’t in there. But then this is a serious look on some of the most used phrases we heard in 2020 and a study on how cliche can have historical value, describing as they do, a ubiquity of experience with which we have become all too familiar
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
The World Economic Forum has consistently produced brainfoodable content this year, mainly through the assiduous use of visual storytelling techniques. Here’s their visual recap of 2020.
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
In times of uncertainty, people seek understanding and meaning. This year, the world searched “why” more than ever…..
Google - and the questions we ask of it - is a better chronicler of our times than any human storyteller. Check out the video here and the search trends itself here. H/T to brainfooder Chad Sowash for the share in the fb group
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
Superb interactive storytelling from McKinsey &Co, providing a single page scroller for those who want to timeline the year, but also modular posts, downloadable data sets and reports. If there is one ‘what happened in 2020’ post to read, this is it.
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
Fabulous collection from one of the must follow narrative builders today; Visual Capitalist tells the story of 2020 in 2020 charts, starting with the Australia wildfires through the global vaccine development effort - and our national attitudes to taking them. Well worth a read
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
If 2020 has anything to teach us, one of the lessons would be that none of us can divorce the work we do from the context of wider society. This amazing portrait tells the murky story of politics, FDI, the often false promise of ’re-shoring’ and the amazingly idiosyncratic corporate culture that emerged from it.
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
Fascinating research on the impact on immigration / emigration in one of the world’s most iconic cities - New York. Most interesting is who is leaving (150K pa) and who is coming in (<90K pa). 12 months ago we were talking about the megacity being the future of societal organisation - the reversal of this trend may be the most important impact Covid-19 will have.
Issue #219 published 20 Dec 2020
Time Use
Fantastic dashboard from Our World In Data, a data visualisation site which aggregates public research data and presents it into interactive web experience. Slice and dice the data as you want in this post on how we use our time - especially pertinent now that the barrier between work vs play has been co-mingled by Covid.
Issue #218 published 13 Dec 2020
Superbly detailed analysis of the geographic distribution of Covid-19 relief funds, comparing the differing impact of policies in the US, UK and France. The research points to exacerbation of pre-existing inequities in some of the programs. Relevant to us as we project forward and forecast which sectors (and which locations) are in best/worse position in the post pandemic economy
Issue #217 published 6 Dec 2020
What happens when the digitally native really go native - and return the village? As we see an unprecedented reversal of decades of urban agglomeration, this fascinating post describes the impact of what may occur when the metropolitan elites go back home. H/T Bas van de Haterd in the fb group
Issue #214 published 16 Nov 2020
Perverse incentives galore in this fascinating long read on Foxconn’s mega factory in Wisconsin, trumpeted at the time as a major win for the re-shoring of US manufacturing jobs . Everything is here: hiring to hit quota’s, workers with no actual work, international culture clash, and what happens to a company without direction or plan. As ever, more cool discussion on this story on HN
Issue #211 published 26 Oct 2020
Fascinating study on Japan’s Lost Generation - now middle aged adults, irregularly employed, living with ageing parents. A phenomenon exclusive to Japan, or a window into a future we might all share? Must read
Issue #209 published 11 Oct 2020
Our World In Data is a website we should all be bookmarking, especially as they continue to iterate on the UX. This web page is a series of interactive charts on the rate of technological progress over the past 100 years. Amazing, optimistic, useful and fun - have a blast here
Issue #207 published 27 Sep 2020
This post is about real estate but it’s also about UX - specifically the UX that property companies need to provide to now reluctant office workers who might be doubting the value of an office. It’s wonderfully well written, with deep insight on the central point that Covid-19 forces product businesses to become service businesses. Have a read.H/T brainfooder Alex Brock for the share
Issue #206 published 20 Sep 2020
This shot from the staff of the arcade is such a beautiful example of what the gaming and nerd community can be like. The arcade will be missed by all who stepped inside; it leaves behind a great legacy of good times and nerd culture that will surely be missed. But, when the world is ready to start rebuilding, who knows what could end up filling that spot.
And….I cried a little bit, at this story, and at that picture.
Issue #204 published 6 Sep 2020
Thought provoking twitter thread from the OP of the original WSJ article (full article linked in the thread) on the division between those who could choose to stay remote, and those who never had the choice. Have a read here
Issue #203 published 30 Aug 2020
This is a great complement to the above piece on AI and Jobs; whereas the first talked about the skills needed, this post goes further to speculate what jobs might actually be done. Do you see yourself being a ‘genetic diversity officer’? Optimistic (and contingent) on the persistent of the company as the primary way of organising work though. We all need to read more Ronald Coase
Issue #202 published 23 Aug 2020
The thing missing from the animated sequence of this superb post from the BBC are the mobile robot sanitisers, which are already seeing in operation in places in East Asia. At some point though, people are going to ask ‘what is the point’ and flip the switch to full remote. Huge change coming, including the reversal of urban agglomeration. H/T to brainfooder Adam Gordon for the share in the fb group
Issue #200 published 9 Aug 2020
Examining how the hardest hit of our industry sectors is a decent way of building a forecast in the shape of businesses that will emerge in the post Covid economy. Fascinating, accessible long read for the New Yorker - on how the restaurant trade is disaggregating into specific components, which each may become different businesses in a new supply chain.
Issue #196 published 12 Jul 2020
Fascinating, bottom up innovation from the SV tech community, creating a secondary market for job referrals to the most popular tech employers. Ends justify the means, or an ethical unwinding of the very idea of recommending someone for a job? Brainfood for sure, so have a read here. H/T to brainfooder Missy Lafferty for the share in the fb group
Issue #195 published 5 Jul 2020
Confounding post in which every line that seemed right (“nothing actually happens there - unless you are a recruiter or in enterprise sales)” was followed by a line which seemed wrong (“I’m fairly certain LinkedIn has never helped me in my job search”)
Got to respect this fellow for #deletinglinkedin - and a brainfood reminder to us, that Big Blue not the entirety of the world.
Issue #193 published 21 Jun 2020
Important ruling (Swiss brainfooders pls update where you are with this) from Switzerland’s top court: employers are required to contribute to employees’ rent if they work from home. Being a little stunned by unexpected second order effects of Covid-19 will be only thing that is predictable these days. Fascinating changes in the relationship between individual, company and the state. Have a read here
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
This post is about doner kebabs, the price of food and our accountability as consumers for the potential death of the industry. Make no mistake - restaurants as a category may not survive this economic downturn. We have to reset and revalue. Great and necessary read
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Socioeconomic sorting at the metropolitan level is making America more polarised, a pattern repeated throughout the Western world. The ‘left behind’ are striking back, by voting in populists who promise change. Political economy are no longer in synch. We’re in trouble folks - anyone any ideas?
Issue #79 published 23 Apr 2020
Nice interactive tool from OECD on the average annual hours worked - defined as the total number of hours actually worked per year divided by the average number of people in employment per year.
Issue #159 published 23 Apr 2020
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. Massive but an accessible and fascinating read.
Issue #129 published 23 Apr 2020
Will tech workers become revivalists for the labour union? I think there’s every chance they could. Check this latest example from the games industry - a decentralised, horizontally organised community of workers, set up defend members rights. 
Issue #76 published 23 Apr 2020
At times when government action can seem painfully slow - especially in the production and distribution of test kits and PPE, it is useful to be reminded that government can also do really fast. An inspiring list of what can be done when we get our act together. Any time around now would be great
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
We are finding out the hard way who really does the important work in society. Sadly, it correlates to work which has greatest risk in exposure to Coronavirus. Its humbling stuff
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Technocratic management - no matter how brilliant - cannot unwind structural inequalities. Amazing essay in defence of the much maligned managerial middle class, and of the enormous, self serving cultural power of the big management consultancies. Must read
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
Wealth inequality continues to it’s polarising trend worldwide. You need money to make money. We need to try and bend this iron law of history, because unfair resource competition can only lead to one end. Accessible, interactive report.
Issue #100 published 23 Apr 2020
This is a very cool website. Bravo UNESCO for building this Hans Rosling style interactive on country spend on research and development. Great way to connect data with UX and an excellent example of how to create an online resource that is a pleasure to use. Might also be useful, in some way, to us here.
Issue #100 published 23 Apr 2020
Are recruiters more right wing than HRBPs? Someone’s researched the correlation between the jobs we choose and the ideologies we feel comfortable with. Super interesting reading here on the relationship between professional and political identities - dive in if you like to get out of your comfort zone.
Issue #100 published 23 Apr 2020
There was plenty of talk late last year about ’ghosting’ in recruitment, so this fun post by SmartRecruiters is timely. 4 terms that have entered the lexicon of recruitment that we should know. Take a look here
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
Astonishing essay from Meredith L. Patterson on tribal formation on the Internet. At root, this is a defence of the ‘real hackers’ vs the cultural appropriation of hacker culture by the cool kids. It’s also an appeal for the radical acceptance of divergent values - a challenging idea we need to get to grips with. If you’re running some kind of community or event, then this read is for you.
Issue #132 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Attention is the currency of today’s distraction economy 'someone said. This extraordinary essay on digital pollution gives us both the 'where we are now’ and suggestions on 'where we need to go next’. As recruiters, we’re in the front line of this problem and we could all do well to read this
Issue #120 published 23 Apr 2020
With 450 million users, Reddit is the 7th most visited website on the planet and the place where stories break days before it hits Facebook / Twitter, and weeks before broadcast media. What do Redditors talk about? What are the most popular topics, communities? This is one Year in Review that is worth exploring.
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Great visual storytelling from one of the best sites to do it. This interactive graphic shows the poverty rate of every state, and the changes of that rate, over time. It’s a pattern repeated all over the world. Question is: what can do about it?
Issue #114 published 23 Apr 2020
Nice piece of research from As You Sow, using the power of data to shame organisations who overpay their CEO’s. Contrast with the news this week on Dan Price, who famously equalised his employees pay to $70,000 regardless of job role. H/T to brainfooder Colin McNicol for the share in the fb group.
Issue #177 published 23 Apr 2020
Essential reading for anyone interested in political / economic polarity. UK specific, but the trends are global: major metropolitan centres gaining, lesser regional towns losing. And no one quite knows what to do about it. 
Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
“Women account for almost all the growth in the rich-world employment rate since 2007”
Remarkable line from this robust defence of capitalism from The Economist. As recruiters, the ‘talent shortage’ is lived experience for us, and yet if this thesis is true, how do we explain the angst that is driving populism in our politics? Can’t just be Murdoch can it?
Issue #137 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s been fashionable of late to challenge the practice of over generalising the generational difference. Yet the amongst the many fascinating conversations I had last week in Paris, the one I shared with Francois Gauthier stuck most in my mind - that the latest generation of recruiters who are entering the workforce now prefer to use touchscreen rather than keyboard. The implications for work - and the work we do - might be profound.
Issue #123 published 23 Apr 2020
A new study, drawing on 1.5 million images of cultural spaces in London and New York, finds that cultural capital is a key contributor to urban economic growth. It’s a bit technical but it’s fascinating. Full report here
Issue #89 published 23 Apr 2020
The role of the employer are a purveyor of trust is a significant trend outlined in this fascinating report by Edelman. As trust in government and media decline, we may find that our companies begin having an important role to play in. The implications for us in HR / TA are obvious as they are ominous
Issue #150 published 23 Apr 2020
As good an overview of Kubernetes that I’ve read, especially in how it contextualises it in the history of IT infrastructure. Not recruitment related at all really, but kind of a must read if you’re involved in building a business with any kind of tech in it.
Issue #152 published 23 Apr 2020
Analysis by Deloitte of the UK public sector, with some forecasting as to the post Brexit, big government future under the Conservative government. Great looking interactive report, and for UK readers at least, an important read.
Issue #167 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating insight on the work we demand others do; Casey Newton creates the narrative of Facebook being the monster again but what else can we can expect when we want platforms to not show us bad things on the Internet? (Answer: it requires other humans to watch it and remove it for us)
Issue #125 published 23 Apr 2020
Turning crisis into an opportunity is something actually something we have no choice, as medical advances, higher living standards and declining birthrate combine to create a demographic crisis so long as we reject the older worker. Necessary report from HBR
Issue #110 published 23 Apr 2020
Where you live, is perhaps the most important single factor in what you turn out to be. Free movement of people is the socio-political struggle of our times. This amazing resource from Opportunity Atlas can help get us to a point where we can have a sensible conversation of what to do about it. Explore it here.
Issue #110 published 23 Apr 2020
Super essay from Heather McGowan on how Covid-19 forces us to deal with questions long deferred - inequality and climate change. The examples of corporate and community collaboration offer hope for a fairer and more resilient future. Have a read
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
We’ve got time for scenario planning these days so this document by Deloitte is an excellent guidance on how to shape the thinking. Four possible scenarios outlined, in an accessible 27 pager. Must read for any business owner.
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb interactive from our buddies at Visual Capitalist, tracking immigration flows into the United States. Who came to America, when and why? Striking animation of a story which is sadly all too topical these days. Check it out here.
Issue #86 published 23 Apr 2020
..“memory of remarkable ability, if that is the source of one’s self-worth, might, for some, provide an invidious contrast to a later, less remarkable life….”
Astonishing read from The Atlantic. I’m thinking gig economy + network value + artisanal economy might ameliorate some of the effects described here. Long read, must read for all of us here - important on a personal and professional level.
Issue #142 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb essay on the long term, multi-dimensional impact of disruptive technology, particularly how innovation can change the value of skills in the labour market. Precise analogies readily available in todays world of accelerating technological change. Great brainfood.
Issue #130 published 23 Apr 2020
300 of the largest metropolitan areas account for nearly half all global economic output. Yet as wealth and people migrate to the big cities, political power does not follow. We’re seeing the manifestations of this throughout the democratic world. We need to read this one folks. 
Issue #92 published 23 Apr 2020
Stunning interactive from Lucify, on a subject which is causing political crisis throughout Europe. Based on data from the United Nations, the pattern is clear: war generates forced emigration from conflict zones. 
Issue #92 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb long read on a challenging topic from New York Times. The stories we tall about human migration are reverberating in our politics and we need to pay attention. Not an easy one folks but we need to read this one. 
Issue #90 published 23 Apr 2020
Work has become political folks, as Hayden Fields explains in this excellent essay on the rise of ethical positioning taken by self organising employees. A new form of collective action is appearing, and it’s lead by tech workers. 
Issue #91 published 23 Apr 2020
GDPR teaches regulatory divergences can have profound impact on our experience of the Internet. A fractured web is the likely unintended outcome says brainfooder Jacob Sten Madsen. (UPDATE: Copyright Directive has been rejected by EU parliament)
Issue #91 published 23 Apr 2020
As we live longer, but not necessarily better, we’re going to increasingly need greater help in living a life. Healthcare practitioners of all stripes in great shape throughout the US. Other jobs….not doing so great. 
Issue #82 published 23 Apr 2020
I didn’t realise that the government shutdown in the US wasn’t metaphorical; services do stop being delivered, federal workers told not to report, salaries not paid. It’s crazy dysfunction in the No1 country on planet earth
Issue #67 published 23 Apr 2020
In our uncomfortable but perhaps overdue conversations on immigration, one factor is often hidden in plain sight - immigrants - by definition - are prepared to move to the work. This is superb essay provides insight on why native workers can’t - or don’t - always do so. Take some time folks and read it - we’ve got to get this debate going. 
Issue #88 published 23 Apr 2020
Accessible slide deck on the most significant ‘deep tech’ trends in 2019. Learn about IOT, 3D printing, voice, AR/VR, personal analytics - niche recruiting topics now but mainstays for our business in the near future. Download here
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
Ethical positioning by tech workers is a under reported yet increasingly common phenomena of our times. As much as big tech has become a lightning rod for our social ills, we may find that they will become our saviours after all - mainly through the actions of their workers, like these folks from DoorDash. Have a read of this open letter here.
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
The self directed politicisation, mobilisation and organisation of the tech workers has been a growing phenomena over the past few years. doteveryone is a UK project which aims to collect information about this powerful demographic and gain insight on what tech workers expect from their employers. Exec summary here but the full report is readable and available here.
Issue #139 published 23 Apr 2020
A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney
Kind of says it all. Incredible essay from Lauren Hough, recounting the time when she was working as cable tech, and encountering the citizens and denizens of urban America. It’s a long read, but it’s worth it
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
Some revealing big data on societal change; we’re looking less at mobile apps as we travel far less, and are diving deeper into digital networking because we’re looking for that connection. How much of this will persist? Not all I would say but certainly some. H/T brainfooder James Ellis for the share
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating table of the impact of Corona virus to the E-commerce market. In hindsight, actually not surprising that bread makers are ranking top of the list, as part of what looks like a wholesale re-evaluation of what is really important to us in life. Must read
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
World 2.0
“There are decades where nothing happens, and weeks where decades happen”
We find out in this post that a simple two column table is the best way to understand the world Before and After Covid. Have a read
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
The politics of nationalism have a direct impact in our work in talent acquisition and HR. This superb website provides interactive tree-maps on the economic contribution provided of ‘New American’ entrepreneurs. Fascinating and important. Take a look here
Issue #146 published 23 Apr 2020
This is the time of year when listicles really do come into their own. This effort by Fortune is one of the best I’ve read, entirely because of the quality of the people they’ve got on to commentate. From Mariana Mazzucato to Nir Eyal to Melinda Gates, these are some optimistic forecasts for 2020, and a great overview of key trends to look out for.
Issue #168 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating pattern matching on political leanings vs work occupations. Intuitively, it makes sense to think that different occupations might attract people with different perspectives on the world. This rather cool website illustrates the point with the occupations of US Democratic vs Republican politicians. Wonder who the split might look amongst us brainfooders. Perhaps time for another survey?
Issue #173 published 23 Apr 2020