Designing a New Operating System for Work


[Reposted from Medium] The battles between Uber and taxi companies and the 1099 vs. W-2 debateare just the first signs of the upheaval emerging with the rise of the on-demand economy. We are at the beginning of an historic transformation in the nature of work and structure of American jobs. A host of technologies—from automation to digital platforms for coordination of tasks, from Lyft to Gigwalk to HourlyNerd are reinventing not just what people do to earn a living but at a much deeper level how we organize to create value. For the new class of on-demand or platform workers, there are no career ladders to climb and often no human bosses holding you accountable. Your “manager” might even be an algorithm that breaks down jobs into individual tasks and automatically routes them to the best qualified and available “gig worker.”
Source: The Institute for the Future

Designing a New Operating System for Work

New Release! 10 Strategies for a Workable Future


An urgent public dialogue is unfolding about the state of the US workforce and its prospects for the next decade as a result of changing labor dynamics, growth of on-demand workers, and erosion of middle class wages and access to benefits. To support those conversations chart an agenda for 2016 and beyond, IFTF’s Workable Futures Initiative created a new report, 10 Strategies for a Workable Future, that outlines immediate action for policy makers, platform developers, labor, and educational organizations.
Source: The Institute for the Future

New Release! 10 Strategies for a Workable Future

My take on the future


I’m Milton Chen, and I’ve had a long career opening the doors of learning to children through programs and platforms like Sesame Street from Sesame Workshop in New York, KQED’s educational services here in the Bay Area, and Edutopia.org, produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Now I’m asking you to help me open another door—the door to a Future for Good.
Source: The Institute for the Future

My take on the future

News from the Future: Oct 2015 Newsletter

This week our Workable Futures Initiative hosted leading-edge thinkers from policy, platforms, social innovation, worker advocacy, philanthropy, venture capital, and academia to discuss the transformation of work and prototype possible solutions. David Rolf, SEIU 775 President and longtime worker advocate, keynoted the event. Follow the conversation at #workablefutures to see how you can be an architect of the future!
Source: The Institute for the Future

News from the Future: Oct 2015 Newsletter