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.


Caught My Eye

I’ve been absent for a while, but as ever loads of interesting, delightful and frightening things have been saved to my Trello board for eventual sharing here. 

To start with, this music video is so weirdly beautiful!

  • I’ve been working for the last few months on how to explain the circular economy in an engaging and understandable way. In the process I’ve developed and obsession for storytelling. This Guardian story from 5 years ago about a fire in Tasmania is one of the best examples of online storytelling i’ve come across in my search for inspiration.
  • I’ve also wondered about how we could use comics to explain the rather complex concept of the circular economy.
  • Have you ever felt like you have no idea what you’re doing? Me too! Thankfully, we probably aren’t alone.
  • Someone has put together a gallery of removed graffiti and it is brilliant!
  • As part of an ad campaign in 1988, Volkswagen asked some notable thinkers of the time to write letters of advice to the people living in 2088. Kurt Vonnegut’s letter should definitely be read before them. Preferably right now.
  • And finally, if you’re in a hurry read this!