What Could the Future of Work Look Like?



What are the changing patterns of work? What are the shifts in perspective and attitude? What do the organization and worker of the future look like?

I’ve been mulling on these questions recently, and wanted to invite a dialogue about it. Below is a synthesis of ideas from a number of reports and articles (references at bottom of post) to get a sense of where we’re at in this narrative and where we might be headed.

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21 Card Decks for Creative Problem Solving, Effective Communication & Strategic Foresight




What are some useful playdecks for sparking creativity and innovation?

That was this week’s question that went out on twitter, and below are some of your responses.

The number of decks out there is large, so I decided to curate this list based on whether there’s a full free version available online, or at the least a nice sample deck to get you started. So below are 21 tools, ranging from general design process principles to cards on game dynamics, facilitation methods, and long-range futures thinking. Under the descriptions, which are excerpted from the playdeck websites, are links to their free downloads. Below that are another 39 decks, toolkits and further resource lists for creative and innovative thinking.

Thanks to all who helped compile this.. Did we miss any?

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3 Patterns of Behavior Blocking Your Path to Mastery




Embarking upon the master’s path is a decision to go on a journey.

It can’t be embraced with society’s quick-fix mentality, expecting instant gratification and immediate results, but rather through a commitment to a lifelong process of learning, development and change.

In Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment, George Leonard identifies three patterns of behavior that tend to knock us off the path, represented in the personas of the Dabbler, the Obsessive, and the Hacker.

Can you identify with any of these characters?

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13 Trend Maps & Visualizations of the Future



I’ve been hunting around for examples of future maps and graphics, hoping to be inspired by designs combining great content and form.  Thanks to your responses on twitter and facebook, here are a handful of images to stimulate your thinking about where we’re headed next!

1 . A Multiverse of Exploration: The Future of Science 2021



A map by the Institute for the Future (IFTF) focused on six big stories of science that will play out over the next decade: Decrypting the Brain, Hacking Space, Massively Multiplayer Data, Sea the Future, Strange Matter, and Engineered Evolution.

full size image here

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How to Develop your Brand & Community Strategy


via May Wong on pinterest

I was on a job interview recently (yes, I am on the market!!) for a position in communications strategy, and was asked a bunch of questions of what I would do to help raise awareness of the organization’s presence in the world, make it clear as to what their goals and objectives are, make it easy for aligned partners and projects to engage, and help weave together the many siloed communities out there who are all technically part of their nascent ecosystem, but mostly unaware of each other’s work/existence.

It was fun to think about this as I reflected on everything I’ve learned so far in developing my own brand and presence here at Emergent by Design, the various online communities and collaborative learning environments I’ve helped develop, and the in-person events and conferences I’ve helped organize.

I’ve found it important to focus on the deeper human side of things rather than just the surface tools or tactics, so here are a few insights I’d like to share about the essence of brand and community building, from a people-centered lens: Continue reading

On Memes, Manifestos & Movements: A Reflection from CULTUREcon



Last week was spent in Philadelphia and Boston, attending the Agile CULTUREcon organized by André Dhondt and Dan Mezick of the Agile community.

Dan materialized in my twitter feed earlier this year, having noticed my interest in exploring the edges of _<insert discipline here>__, and has been generously exposing me to people and events focused on shaping the future of work.

He gave me the opportunity to participate in a Core Protocols BOOTCAMP back in February, an event led by Jim & Michele McCarthy, authors of Software for your Head. This led to an invitation by the McCarthys to spend a week with them in an immersive personal/business development experience. These were both eye-opening opportunities to understand more about the power of coming into personal alignment, in being able to be explicit about intentions, and generally to become more effective in communicating with others and taking ideas to action. (if you want an overview of the McCarthys’ work, here’s a video interview I did with them last month).

Between then and now, he’s introduced me to Dave Logan of Tribal Leadership (blog post about his 5 Stages of Tribal Culture here), Traci Fenton of Worldblu, Eric Raymond of The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Doug Kirkpatrick of the Self-Management Institute, and a handful of others that I got to spend time with in person last week.

So thank you Dan for bringing me up to speed on the who’s who of the future of work!

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a story of open collaboration


via Mo Riza on Pinterest

below is an entry for the CultureCon Contest by Sebastien Paquet 

The culture hacking story I want to share with you is almost ten years old now. Back then I was a Ph.D. student in Computer Science with a deep interest in social software. I was posting to my blog daily, and building a reputation as a thinker in the field. Continue reading

Twitter Poll: What is Leadership?


via Susan Grant Martin on pinterest

I’ve been curious lately about what leadership means… or about what people think leadership means these days. Specifically in terms of the new world of work, of self-organizing systems, of self-interested autonomous agents collaborating towards common goals.

What are the traits and characteristics of authentic leaders? How does their behavior influence/inspire others?

I sent out a tweet yesterday to see what you had to say on the topic. Thanks to all who responded!

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