This blog is part of a Series about the Future of Work and what this means for how we learn, earn and live.
Through previous industrial revolutions, workers were in a “race between education and technology” (C. Goldin, Harvard University) and for the most part they won.
A brave, radical approach to Education Policy is the driving force behind it.
In the 1830s, reformer Horace Mann, who never had more than six weeks of schooling in a year, started the Common School Movement. The goal was to ensure that every child in the US would receive a basic education, funded…
[Published on 12/03, revised on 16/03]
With its recent budget publication, the UK government announced a £2.5bn “Skills Fund”:
“The government wants to facilitate two culture changes with this fund: for individuals to be able to train and retrain over the course of their lifetimes; and for employers and the government to increase investment and fill the skills gaps that hold back productivity at a local, regional and national level”.
As we review the budget and what it means for us, here’s what both the UK and other governments are doing to ready us the Future of Work. The focus…
As automation becomes a reliable productivity lever, it upends entire business processes, as well as the culture of organizations. Future-proof leadership equals a more adaptive and more curious leadership:
“The CEO begins to morph, in part, into a ‘chief experimentation officer’, who draws from acute observance of early signals to bolster a company’s ability to experiment at scale, particularly in customer-facing industries” — McKinsey Global Institute
(If you find such a CEO, please add him/her in your comments. Let’s build a list of unexpected 21st Century jobs!)
Senior leaders will be valued for “the questions they frame, their vigor in…
The world of the future of work is sharply divided between the dystopians and the utopians.
On the one hand, Oxford Martin School predicted in 2013 that nearly half of US jobs would be at risk of digitalisation within the following twenty years. And in 2017 UK think-tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) predicted that digitalistion would wipe out a tird of jobs in the UK. …
An investigation into the unspoken truths about the Future of Work — and what this means for how we live, learn, earn
Future of Work: what it is and why it’s important
Let me tell you two very short stories…
(or: my Marie Kondo guide for declutterring the mind)
A rite of passage
During my maternity period, a mix of physical exhaustion, constant baby worrying/planning, tech overload (the needless rush to the phone) and the usual/unusual life events played with my attention span. At times, it felt like I was trying to catch a goldfish.
It’s a rite of passage, I resolved. The fact that I was there. And the fact that I was aware of it. It was the opportunity to restore and polish my capacity for mindfulness.
Getting to this point was not without pain, however. One day…
Quite differently from the hospital, in our first night home baby cried — all, night, long. Basically non-stop. We had never seen anything like it. We had never heard anything like it. And what is worse, neither had our little one.
At around 9pm baby starts fluttering in his crib. As the growls turn into shrieks and we pick him up, we are thinking: how do we figure out what is wrong? We need a manual.
In childcare there is no handbook, because no baby is the same. And what’s worse, communication is limited. …
The hours after baby was born were the most heavenly I will see in a while. In the room of the midwife centre, my baby slept 6 hours straight, skin to skin on his father’s chest, as I re-gained some energies through sleep.
In the morning, we welcomed my sister, my mum and my dad to the ample, cosy suite that was our NHS(!) room. To me, it felt like my family was swinging by a hotel during a weekend getaway. Without too much trouble, I had my shower and we all got ready to return home. As usual, I…
“The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment”, Eckhart Tolle
I never quite understood how a human body can be in labour for so many hours. Until that body was mine.
My labour lasted 50 hours.
At the beginning, it starts slow. During my early contractions I went for crepes. Then, my husband takes me voting for the local elections (good thing my councillor of choice did win). So 10 hours later, I decide to take him salsa dancing — at home, that is! …
My maternity period has been an extraordinary learning experience. So here’s what it taught me and how in five short tales –
1. Bouncebackability (yes, it’s an actual word):
Until motherhood came in the picture, I thought that my training for the junior Italian swimming championships had been the toughest test of my determination, my drive for results and my ability to accept failures, build myself back up again or step down for the team. I would train daily, twice a day, at 5am and 5pm.
I was wrong. Motherhood tops that. And here is how.