TW Reads: Future of Work (August 2014)

Featuring articles about what to learn from independent workers, opinions on the “second machine age,” and thoughts on the work skills of the future.

The TW Reads are collections of links to articles from the web, curated by Third Wave. Each collection is focussed on one topic.

Learning from independent workers

Bryan Boyer has written a fantastic series of essays about the future or work. He looks at trends and motivations among independent workers today to provide a framework for designing services and policies for the work of tomorrow:

  1. Bye bye, Busytown
    Understanding independent work
  2. The Leading Edge
    Independents are an early warning system for the economy
  3. Market realities and networked dreams
    Independent work between the cracks of the old economy
  4. Fringe benefits
    Independent work beyond the individual

On the “second machine age”

Work skills of the future

  • Constructive Uncertainty
    Now that we are more aware of our cognitive biases, how can we create work-arounds in group settings? Stowe Boyd recommends a concept introduced by Howard Ross: constructive uncertainty.
  • Constructive Procrastination
    A well-balanced reflection of technology-induced procrastination by Frank Hangler, mentioning among many examples the concept of digital dualism by Jurgenson and Morozov’s famous safe.

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.