What does the future want from us?

 

A thought provoking short film from Nic Askew of Soul Biographies. This short explores the “competencies” necessary for tomorrow’s workplace. Interesting if you have children and/or you plan to be in the workplace in the next 10 -15 years!

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The Superchicken Model

A rethink of what drives us to do our best work.

Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where value is placed on star employees who outperform others. Yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams.

Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results.

Design & Technology Symbiosis

A glimpse of how our future is being created  – Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings.

Re Imagine Work

Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, re imagines the world of work.

In this animation he presents a thought provoking view about the notion of flexible working. He considers if the office is fit for purpose and explores what might be possible if more organisations encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture.

Do you need to give thought to where is the best place for you to work, in order to achieve the outcomes you’re charged with delivering?

Collaboration in action

I have to thank Michael Bungay Stainer for this post. He posted this video showing collaboration with a back beat. Can you imagine what needed to have happened beforehand in order to be able to achieve this level of collaborative performance? At minimum there needed to be a shared vision, mutual respect, precision timing, trust and reliance on each other – true collaboration in action. The interesting piece for me is also how the video was shot and that it was shot in one complete take, not multiple attempts and it captured the whole flow of the experience.

As an aside, how attentive were you? Did you notice the two guys popping up at 2:25? 🙂