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 discussion 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.

 

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Caught My Eye

Now We Have a Plan

Earlier this year Ellen MacArthur travelled to Vancouver to present at TED2015. In her 17 minute talk she shares the most important lesson that she learned while sailing solo around the world. It’s a great watch to end your day on a high!

Learn More…!

To learn more about the circular economy the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have a number of resources available:

  • Circulate is an online news publication edited by the Foundation. Updated daily, it is a great source of stories and links related to the transition to a circular economy.
  • Every year the Foundation hosts an open-source online event, the Disruptive Innovation Festival. This 3-week event (taking place Nov 2 – 20 2015) brings together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, designers, businesses, learners and doers to catalyse the system change necessary to shift to the future economy. You can get involved either by participating either as a viewer or by contributing your own ideas!

Have you seen any examples of a circular economy in action? Share in the comments below!