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Framework: The role of Humans in the Future of Work

Ross Dawson

Yesterday I gave the keynote on Creating the Future of Work at The End of Nine to Five. For the last years in addressing the future of work I have often focused on the human capabilities that will drive value as machines become more capable and the work landscape is transformed.

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Timeline of Emerging Science and Technology: A visual framework

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My colleague and friend Richard Watson and I have created a number of visual frameworks together, including Trend Blend 2007+ based on the London tube map, which has spawned many imitators over the years.

Our future depends on the humanization of work

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One of the reasons that my focus is increasingly shifting to the future of work is that it is in fact a large part of the future of humanity. And if we don’t get this right it might not look pretty.

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The immense role of national and ethnic diaspora in driving global innovation

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For over a decade I have been working with various facets of the idea of Global Innovation Networks: connections around the world that facilitate new endeavors. Innovation always stems from diverse connections between ideas and people.

New framework: 2013 and beyond – What will appear and disappear in our lives

Ross Dawson

As a futurist, the end of the year means it is once again time to release a structured look at the future. As every year, at Future Exploration Network we are using a substantially different format from our most other annual frameworks, 12 Themes for 2012 and Zeitgeist 2011.

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Ranking and comparing the world’s top 20 startup hubs

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Earlier this year I wrote about the top 25 startup hubs in the world as ranked by the Startup Genome project. As I noted at the time, it was based on skewed data from the sample used, but was probably the best available.

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Launching new framework: The Future of Work

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I have been working with one of the world’s largest private companies, which is engaged in a strategy project looking at the future out to 2025.

The 7 characteristics of powerful visions for effective leadership

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‘Visionary leadership’ is one of the phrases most bandied about these days, yet it is almost always an aspiration rather than a description. A vision of what is possible is a prerequisite to visionary leadership.

12 Themes for 2012: what we can expect in the year ahead

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Towards the end of each year I share some thoughts on what awaits in the year ahead.

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MIT global study on social business: Executives increasingly understand the value and success drivers

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MIT Sloan Management Review together with Deloitte have just launched 2012 Social Business Global Executive Study and Research Project , drawing out some very interesting insights from a survey of almost 3,500 executives from 115 countries.

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Insights into the levers of innovation in 40 major cities globally

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The City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), a joint venture of NESTA, Catapult, and Accenture, has just release a very interesting report on the drivers of innovation in major cities globally.

As more jobs are automated, how many of us will still have productive work?

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There has been a lot of press the last few days about a paper The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? published by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology.

Reality check: intelligence agencies have been using social network analysis since the 1990s

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There is a big hubbub today over a New York Times article N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens.

Why children (and adults) need to be on social media or get left behind

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Yesterday the West Australian newspaper began a five-part series on children and social media, beginning with a feature article introducing the topic. The article’s title, Get online or ‘be left behind’ quotes an interview with me.

How to make money from crowdsourcing: A framework for Crowd Business Models

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I think one of the most valuable aspects of our newly-launched book Getting Results From Crowds is the analysis of Crowd Business Models.

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Value polarization and transcending job commoditization: Expertise, Relationships, Innovation

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Yesterday I released a first version of my Future of Work framework. I think that a detailed explanation of the outline framework would be a very useful complement to the visual landscape, and I aim to provide that over coming months in a series of blog posts, videos, and other content.

The democratization of creativity: the most important aspect is greater human expression

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When I was recently in Stockholm my friend Magnus Linkvist introduced me to Einar Bodström of House of Radon , a young and innovative production company that is exploring the possibilities of online video.

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The future of offices: facilitating interaction and making work fun

Ross Dawson

Last week I was interviewed on the Daily Edition TV program about the future of offices. Click on the image below to see a video of the interview.

How the future of work leads to the future of organisations

Ross Dawson

Last week I did the keynote on The Future of Work and Organisations at a four-city roadshow for social business consulting firm KINSHIP enterprise , spanning Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. The slides to my presentation are below, together with an overview of the 7 sections of the keynote. The Future of Work from KINSHIP enterprise. My keynote was framed around looking through the critically-important lens of the future of work to gain insights into the future of organisations.

Concept video: The Future of Work

Ross Dawson

A while ago at Future Exploration Network we created the Future of Work Framework to provide a high-level overview of how the world of work is shifting.

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Report: The Future of Digital Australia in 2025 and what Australians think

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I have been recently working with McAfee, now part of Intel Security, to write a report on Safeguarding the Future of Digital Australia in 2025 , being launched this morning in Parliament House in Canberra as part of the Federal Government’s Stay Smart Online Week.

Video of TheNextWeb keynote on The Future of Crowds

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TheNextWeb produced a good quality video of my keynote at TheNextWeb Conference 2012 , shown below. It doesn’t show all of my full motion graphics presentation, though it frequently cuts to show segments of the visuals through my keynote.

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Do you have the passion of the explorer? If you do, what kind of employer could attract you away from entrepreneurship?

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Today the ever-inspiring John Hagel spoke in Sydney today about passion at work as part of AMP’s Amplify series , organized by Annalie Killian.

Which countries have the most Twitter users per capita?

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Recently web monitoring firm Semiocast published a list of the top 20 countries in number of Twitter accounts. Not surprisingly US was top with 107 million users, with Brazil coming in second at 33 million and Japan next at just under 30 million.

Keynote at TheNextWeb: The future is motion graphic presentations

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I am giving keynotes this Wednesday at TheNextWeb CxO Summit and on Friday at TheNextWeb Conference.

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Fantastic international comparative data on media, social media, and mobile

Ross Dawson

For those who love rich data on the world of media and telecoms, the release of a report by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom is always a cause for celebration. Last year I covered some of Ofcom’s report on key trends on communication and media usage.

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The Internet of things will dwarf the Internet of people

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In 2008 the number of devices connected to the Internet surpassed the number of people connected, and in 2020 there will be 50 billion things connected, 7 times the world’s population, according to Dave Evans of Cisco.

The global state of the mobile industry

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Mary Meeker, formerly of Morgan Stanley and now of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers , continues to do her annual presentation at Web 2.0 Summit , providing an unparalleled compilation of research about the global internet industry.

Why do you curate? The 3 intents of curation and how they create value

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I was recently in Rome for 24 hours to run a workshop for the senior technology executives of a global Fortune 50 company.

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The evolution of the CIO – the transformation of the role of the Chief Information Officer

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I was recently interviewed by Mark Pesce for Lenovo’s ThinkFWD CIO Podcast Series on ‘The Evolution of the CIO’ The audio of the podcast can be found on the ThinkFWD website. In the podcast Mark asked me to delve into the details of my Future of the CIO framework , shown below.

Emerging markets professionals are at the vanguard of the future of professional work

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A very interesting global survey title The Professional Revolution has just been released by Thomson Reuters (Disclosure: I long ago worked for its predecessor Thomson Financial as Global Director – Capital Markets).

The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

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For the last decade I have examined and applied social network analysis in and across organizations, for example in large professional firms , technology purchase decision-making , high-performance personal networks , and other applications.

Collaboration and activation: the nub of the merger of physical and digital retail

Ross Dawson

Last week I visited Melbourne Spring Fashion Week as a guest of IBM and the City of Melbourne.

How technology is enabling the humanity of organizations

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After my recent opening keynote at the SAP Australia User Group Summit on Leadership in Enterprise Technology , I did a video interview for Inside SAP magazine, shown below. The full transcript of the interview is available on our new publication CIO of the Future.

Tablet computers as seen from 1994

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The rise of news on tablets such as the iPad is one of the defining themes of our times. This was foreseen by some, even down to the language that we use. The following video, created by Knight-Ridder in 1994, describes their vision of the future of tablet newspapers.

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Top 10 posts on the future of media

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Another quick selection of my most popular posts from 2011, this time on the topic of the future of media: 1. Predictions for media industry in 2011.

The role of the futurist as leader

Ross Dawson

When I was in Amsterdam recently for client engagements I also gave a keynote to the Dutch Future Society about the role of the futurist. It was a fascinating evening.

Social networks and engineering serendipity in the workplace

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The New York Times has an interesting article titled Engineering Serendipity which looks at the some of the ways companies are trying to create felicitous and unexpected connections between their staff. After introducing what Yahoo!

The future of healthcare: big data, tele-health, community care and more

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During Australian Healthcare Week on March 15-17, I will be delivering two keynotes on the future of healthcare, at the Health Facilities Design & Development conference and the Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology conference. In the lead-up to the conference, an article Healthcare 2020: what will the future of healthcare look like in Australia? draws on an interview with me to explore this space.

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Latest global comparison of household Internet speeds

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The speed at which we can access the internet is important. Very important. I’ve written before on the evidence that internet bandwidth is a key driver of economic growth and online participation , and there is plenty of other research to point to its role in social value creation.