Another Prediction of Increased Mobility at Work

Back to the future. There’s lots of current data about “working anywhere,” but I also just unearthed a 2005 study in the U.K. suggesting the “end of the desk” as a core component of the workplace.

The  report, “Working in the Twenty-First Century,” was published by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Tomorrow Project, a charity studying future trends. The researchers found that almost a fifth of UK-based workers, over 5 million in total , were already (in 2005) spending some time working at home or on the move.

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More Good Advice on Being Self-Employed

We’ve been saying for some time that many, if not most, of the 2.6 million who lost their jobs in the United States last year are never going to go back to full-time employment (meaning they’d be working for someone else).

We know scores of people who either already have, or will soon, attempt to start up their own business, or at least to find a gig as a “free agent” (to borrow Dan Pink’s term). [continue reading...]

It’s easier to think out of the box when you’re not in it

Thought for the day . . .

From our good friend Diane Coles, who is a “new breed” nomad worker. She’s in the corporate facility just about every day, but has no office per se. Sh’e’s got her laptop, access to WiFi in the building, and her cell phone (which receives calls forwarded from the corporate system), and she’s focused on meeting her clients’ needs, not on being in an office. [continue reading...]

Another Look at Resistance to Distributed Work

We’re very pleased that Capital Magazine, based in Dubai, has just published the second installment of an article that Charlie Grantham and I wrote about organizational resistance to Distributed Work – and what to do about it.

The article, “How Come Distributed Work is Still the Next Big Thing?“,  appears in the February issue. It’s available online, though free registration is required. [continue reading...]

Let’s Bail Out the Future, not the Past

Tom Friedman of the New York Times has a very thoughtful column in today’s paper (February 22, 2009 – “Start Up the Risk-Takers“).

His basic recommendation is for the federal government to put $20 billion into 20 venture capital funds and let them invest in new businesses that will drive growth and innovation to help “jump-start” the economy.

In Friedman’s words:

You want to spend $20 billion of taxpayer money creating jobs? Fine. Call up the top 20 venture capital firms in America, which are short of cash today because their partners — university endowments and pension funds — are tapped out, and make them this offer: The U.S. Treasury will give you each up to $1 billion to fund the best venture capital ideas that have come your way. If they go bust, we all lose. If any of them turns out to be the next Microsoft or Intel, taxpayers will give you 20 percent of the investors’ upside and keep 80 percent for themselves.

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Business Xpansion Journal Reprints our Article “Concentrating on Concentration”

We were very pleased to learn today that Rachel Duran at Business Xpansion Journal has just reprinted “Concentrating on Concentration,” from our February 2009 Future of Work Agenda newsletter.

You can see the reprint at this link to the Business Xpansion Journal website.

Or you can read the original here, on our site, and you can even download a pdf verision from here. [continue reading...]