Future of Work

A world fuelled by new technologies will inevitably different to today. What lies in wait? And which skills will be needed to ensure that progress is propelled in the most efficient way? This is the future of work, uncertainty, technology, and new modes of teaching.

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Can virtual jobs save us?

How crowdsourcing will alleviate mass unemployment

The pandemic lockdowns announced by most national governments meant the worldwide pool of skilled labor grew virtually overnight, across all age groups.

Extending the borders of talent development

Learning, beyond e-learning

A learning organization, much like a startup, values human capabilities as drivers of mindful growth and continuous experimentation. But what should we train for, and how?

Will we ever reach a point where we have gender equality in the workplace?

The century gap

As worldwide data points to a gender gap at work that is likely to continue into perpetuity, how can we ever hope for a light at the end of the tunnel?

Seizing opportunities for collaboration from Covid-19

Finding work's 'New Normal'

Working from home puts a spotlight on what isn't working, while creating space for innovative forms of communication and collaboration.

Reinventing the operating system of organizations

Brave new work

Aaron Dignan helps companies navigate the unchartered territory of the workplace of the future. Dignan argues for defaulting to a a place of open information across an organization, and making exceptions only if there's a good reason.


Purposeful transformation

CONFIDENCE // Julia von Winterfeldt is a human leadership advocate and the founder and CEO of SOULWORX. Julia shares reflections on our own sense of purpose and how we can relate to and serve others during this crisis.

Guido van Nispen on why a global pandemic might change how we make a living

The 'future of work' is early

Now that we are faced with the possibility of high unemployment, millions of redundant workers will soon look for jobs. Those jobs will, for a large part, be very different than the ones they had before.

Why more people are getting up with the sun

Productivity before dawn

In the last few years, morning routines have become more and more popular. How does productivity happen while the rest of the world is sleeping?

Harnessing the power of crowds

A crowdsourcing rallying cry

History shows that crowdsourcing is not new. Today, a proliferation of open innovation platforms encourages skilled experts throughout the world to compete for cash and status by offering solutions to an array of challenges, whether as individuals or as collaborative teams. Yet, people are skeptical that this process leads to better innovation.

The art of postponing

Why do we procrastinate?

Dr. Tim Pychyl, a professor of psychology and member of the Procrastination Research Group at Ottawa's Carleton University, takes us into the quicksand of wasting time and why we do it, instead of facing what really needs to get done.

How can we survive chrono capitalism?

The currency of time

Philosopher Leonardo Caffo explains how in principle, technology should allow us to work less, but in fact, we are working more than ever before.

how can the old continent matter again?

The future of Europe is in its own hands

As 2020 emerges, a new decade is imminent—and with it the adjustment of our compass. Our lense of the future combines both science fiction and reality shock. In order to enter a future worth living in, Europe needs its own ideas, its own Moonshots.

The hazards of workism

When work becomes religion

Are you devoted to your job? For most, probably, yes. Work was once the way that we put food on our tables, but it has taken on a life of its own, becoming the reason for our existence, a source of our spirituality, and the focus of our lives.

How does a person's job, or the way they spend their days, define their sense of time?

Different states of mind

A street sweeper, a scientist, a clockmaker, and a nun from Switzerland — a country of time and precision — talk about their perspective on the precious 24 hours that we are given every day.

What are the benefits of a project-based organization?

Expiring decisions

What does an organization look like where there is an expiration date set for everything? An enterprise that follows these approaches is not simple or suited for everyone, but it might just be the workplace of the future.

Bad habits in the workspace

Stop the meeting madness

We hate them, but we can’t work without them. Psychology professor John Kello helps us balance our complicated relationship with one of the most used and abused ways of getting things done — meetings

Innovative approaches to better employee engagement

People not tasks

How can organizations ensure that employees are engaged at work? Organizations that consistently add value to their employees, and other workers in their organization will be able to attract, retain, and keep the best people at their top level.

The Conversation

The Future Will Be A Commons

We must remember that as much as we shape our tools, in the end, the tools shape us. How this manifests will be up to how much we embrace what makes us human.

The Conversation

The Digital Transformation Isn't Always Digital

The digital transformation is not simply about technology, it is about transforming the DNA of a company, shifting their culture to one that is more collaborative and open in nature.

The Conversation

Making Jobs Human

The rise of purpose-driven business marks a shift in how we think about work.

How AI will Create Jobs

I work therefore I am

Is AI going to be a breaker, or a maker, of the jobs market?

Treat your employees like your customers

A Case for a New Company Culture

The shift to the digital age, as well as increased competition, is changing the way we need to act to retain talent: that’s why creating a true ‘company culture’ to unleash each employee’s potential is key to a company’s success.

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12 Takeaways from Future Companies & Innovative Organizations

The second in our maize.LIVE series looks at what lies ahead in the world of future companies and innovative organizations.


A Brief History of Organizations

A tongue-in-cheek look at how organizations became what they are today. Part of the first day our second maize.LIVE event: Future Companies & Innovative Organizations

Now is the Winter of our dis-Content

Exploring New Creative Agency Models

Decades ago, advertising executives sitting at traditional office cubicles couldn’t have predicted the industry as it stands today. The wondrous world of advertising has been flipped on its head and forced into innovation more than once. Here’s how the next generation of agencies is adapting and molding the future of advertising.

Luminous Beings Are We, Not This Crude Matter.


When working with corporates and discussing innovation, two distinct attitudes emerge when addressing potential future scenarios. Although different, what these two approaches lead to is the overarching understanding that putting the human factor first – will definitely become a differentiator in capitalizing on new forms of innovation for the future.

The Uncharted Territory of the Digital Space

How to Prepare For Jobs That Don’t Yet Exist

The BBC uses a statistic that 65% of future jobs have yet to be invented. Think about it? UX designer, social media manager, Uber driver, drone operator - these are just a small handful of prominent roles in today’s market that were practically uncharted a decade ago. Technology is disrupting the world of business, which in turn is having a profound and immediate impact on employment. And the question that follows: ‘how do we prepare for the unknown?’ – is inevitable.