Future of Work

By Heather McGowan | articles about the future of work, social media, collaborative economy and higher education

Hedging the future of work

In the future we typically work in three kinds of economic spaces: in long-term collectives, short-term communities, and in fast response flash …

Innovation

The Challenge of Our Disruptive Era

I am a historian, and that usually means I’m a killjoy. When people say we’re at a unique moment in history, the historian’s job is to put things in perspective by pointing out that there is more continuity than discontinuity, that we are not special, that we think our moment is unique because we …

Republican Party

The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

Harvard Business Review

The one crucial skill our education system is missing

From <i>Blade Runner</i> to <i>I, Robot,</i> the big screens of Hollywood have predicted the rise of the machine. Automated intelligences will wait our tables and …

Education

The First Wave of Corporate AI Is Doomed to Fail

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic right now. Driven by a fear of losing out, companies in many industries have announced AI-focused initiatives. Unfortunately, most of these efforts will fail. They will fail not because AI is all hype, but because companies are approaching AI-driven innovation …

Machine Learning

How Technology Liberates Human Capital

New technologies tend to disrupt old businesses, but also to create more jobs than they destroy. That’s little solace, though, to the workers who lack either the skills or flexibility to find better opportunities.<p>From the factory floor to the Wall Street trading desk, advanced technologies such as …

Innovation

Five Models for Making Sense of Complex Systems

<i>Sign up to be alerted when my new book on drawing is available,</i> <i>Pencil Me In!</i><p>In one of the classes I teach at CCA, students were confused by mental …

UX Design

Baidu AI achieves 'zero shot learning' ability using natural language

Given the glut of AI “breakthroughs” and wannabe “breakthroughs,” it’s sometimes tough to pinpoint events that if not seismic of themselves, are the …

Do digital currencies spell the end of capitalism?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin pose a fundamental challenge to the notion of money itself<p>It started with the best of intentions: in 2015 a group of programmers inspired by the success of Bitcoin launched a new software platform called Ethereum that allowed users to conduct transactions without a …

Douglas Coupland: 'The nine to five is barbaric'

The Generation X author on the future of work and how we’ve all turned into millennials<p>Douglas Coupland has always been one of the sharpest critics of the modern workplace. His literary works – such as Generation X, JPod and Microserfs – revolve around smart and creative young people who are better …

Budgeting

Here's a comparison of the population of every US county using bubbles

The beautiful thing about data visualization is that it can appear deceptively simple.<p>The world is infinitely complex and burgeoning with all kinds of information. As a result, it seems counterintuitive that things can be reduced to a basic bubble chart or a graph – and to be fair, most things …

Data Visualization

Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

Looking at the executive teams we work with as consultants and those we teach in the classroom, increased diversity of gender, ethnicity, and age is apparent. Over recent decades the rightful endeavor to achieve a more representative workforce has had an impact. Of course, there is a ways to go, …

Diversity

What’s the CLO’s Role in the Gig Economy?

EssayWhat’s the CLO’s Role in the Gig Economy?<p>Chief learning officers need to take a more short-term, project-focused approach when it comes to …

Populism is the result of global economic failure

Political revolts are inevitable in a world where employees are wage slaves and bosses super rich<p>The rise of populism has rattled the global political establishment. Brexit came as a shock, as did the victory of Donald Trump. Much head-scratching has resulted as leaders seek to work out why large …

Cognitive collaboration: Why humans and computers think better together

Article<p>Cognitive collaboration Why humans and computers think better together<p>January 23, 2017<p>Some have voiced fears that artificial intelligence …

Intelligence

This Is The Mind-Set You’ll Need In Order To Thrive In The Future Of Work

Dealing with unpredictability requires what one Harvard psychologist has called a “self-transforming mind.” Here’s how to develop one.<p>In the 1930s, long before machine learning was anything more than a figment of popular sci-fi imagination, the Swiss clinical psychologist Jean Piaget identified …

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The future of work (The future of work)

<i>This Issue Note Series intends to provide an overview of key trends and issues in selected thematic areas of particular relevance to future of work</i> …

Worker's Rights

LinkedIn is no longer the future of recruiting, according to a former LinkedIn executive

LinkedIn, Monster.com, and other job websites have revolutionized the way that companies look for new hires. But they’ve also made it easier for those companies to sort candidates based on factors like where they went to school and which companies they’ve worked at in the past—which can narrow the …

Cross-Cultural Competency: Influencing and Leading Without Borders

Today we are more connected than ever before and geographical boundaries no longer need to be a constraint for employers. It’s no surprise that the …

Sorry, Y’All—Humanity’s Nearing an Upgrade to Irrelevance

Humanity has had astonishing success alleviating famine, disease, and war. (It might not always seem that way, but it’s true.) Now, <i>Homo sapiens</i> is on …

Singularity

The way we work doesn’t work, anymore

Gallup has released its 2017 State of the American Workplace, and the first words, from Jim Clifton, Gallup’s Chair and CEO, takes a very strong …

The Workplace

Our Computers Are Learning How to Code Themselves

On the Hunt for Code<p>Those of you who followed the first season of HBO’s “Westworld” know that one of the things that made an artificially intelligent …

Texas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull, but Jobs Are Left Behind

MIDLAND, Tex. — In the land where oil jobs were once a guaranteed road to security for blue-collar workers, Eustasio Velazquez’s career has been upended by technology.<p>For 10 years, he laid cables for service companies doing seismic testing in the search for the next big gusher. Then, powerful …

Oil

The LinkedIn Publishing Platform: 10 Ways to Crush It

We Analyzed the 3,000 Most Successful LinkedIn Publishing Posts<p>Last updated on April 2, 2017<p><i>This is a post by Paul Shapiro. Make sure you check out</i> …

Digital Marketing

7 Essential LinkedIn Marketing Stats: When to Post, What to Post and How to Improve

A quick glance at a chart of the Internet’s fastest-growing social networks reveals what you likely already knew (Instagram is growing like mad) and …

Social Media Marketing

What is a smart kid in the age of the smart machine?

How are dogs and rabbits alike?<p>This kind of question has been on IQ tests for years and the answer, it turns out, depends a good deal on which era …

Intelligence

This company's productivity soared after replacing 90% of employees with robots

It’s hard to argue against automation when statistics are clearly illustrating its potential. The latest evidence comes out of a Chinese factory in Dongguan City.<p>The factory recently replaced 90 percent of its human workforce with machines, and it led to a staggering 250 percent increase in …

Robots