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The Future of Working
Transcript of The Future of Working
Care and Feeding
of Existing Workers
Workers of the Future
(students of today)
Grow Your Own
Rise/Rebirth of Informal Learning
Maria H. Andersen, Ph.D.
Illustration by Mat Moore
Finding and making sense
of information, sorting high-value from low-value
Artificially-intelligent digital "assistants" (software) sort communications, manage tasks, perform routine functions
With fields and jobs changing rapidly, every knowledge worker will need to have a PLP to keep current and be ready for shifts in their job.
A social learning network
will be required to stay on top
of your field. One person (alone)
can't possibly hope to keep up
with the information stream.
Continuous Development Cycle
Continuous Training Cycle
Psychological impact of
"always unfinished" projects
Work-Life Balance is Precarious
Local Shared Spaces
(work, gardens, rec centers)
Inter-operable Workplace Technologies
(project-based workers carry their own email system, their software, hardware, mobile, and project management system)
Rise of the Virtual
Workplace of the Future: Lonely
continues to rise
Lack of Creativity &
Passion for Learning
Rise of Cynicism:
"dream job" & reality
Learning and Teaching
(every behavior must be rewarded)
Learning in Smaller Chunks
for Informal Learning
Stephen Wolfram's Self-Tracking
Skill required: Leadership - Small Group
40 hours leading community group of 3 or more
2 college courses in management + 10 hours leading of 3 or more
MITx Certificate on Leadership + 20 hours leading community group of 3 or more