Why you should actually care about the future of work

The video above was launched during and event called the Disruptive Innovation Festival, which is happening right now. It is a free, entirely online, festival that is run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (full disclosure: I work there) for 3 weeks each year. Essentially, it is a collection of live studio interviews, podcasts and films (long and short) that explore anything related to technology, design, economics and innovation.

We are now in the 3rd and final week of the festival and there have been loads of properly interesting discussions! This one involved a studio guest melting glass and smashing mugs live in the studio and was absolutely riveting. And in this one I was in the host’s chair interviewing experts on the global food system to find out the likelihood of the world running out of food (turns out it probably won’t happen).

The video at the top of this post features my colleague, Joe Iles, in conversation with Azeem Azhar, author of the extremely popular weekly newsletter The Exponential View. For nearly an hour they wandered around an art gallery discussing the future of work and the impact of technology. Don’t let the time put you off, every minute of the discussion is interesting and engaging.


Regenerating natural systems

We talk a lot at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation about “regenerating natural systems”. It is one of the core principles of the circular economy. However, the meaning of the phrase “regenerating natural systems” is not immediately clear to everyone and you are not alone if you find yourself asking, “what does that even mean?!”

In the Ted Talk below, chef Dan Barber describes visiting a fish farm that wonderfully captures the idea of regeneration. With some thought and by paying attention, our activities don’t need to damage natural ecosystems, they can make them even healthier.