Square pegs, dodecahedral holes (part 2)

Following on from my previous post, a bit more about building roles that suit people’s skills, rather than forcing them into boxes that might not be the right shape for them.

The Untapped $140 Trillion Innovation For Jobs Market

By David Nordfors / Originally published by TechCrunch  It’s a popular sport nowadays, discussing if tech is going to kill or create jobs. The answer is simple if you ask me. If we care more about tasks than about people, then tech will replace people. If we care more about people than about tasks, then […]

Square pegs, dodecahedral holes (part 1)

How did you get the job you’ve got? What other kinds of jobs could you get? Skills, education and employment don’t necessarily operate in the lock-step we imagine them to.

Take Aways from the Innovation for Jobs Summit, 2015

by Nilofer Merchant The middle class in the United States is no longer the world’s wealthiest; its share of national income (US) has fallen and related wages are stagnant. According to the Center for American Progress, the cost of middle class “security”—child care, higher education, health care—is growing. In 12 short years costs increased by […]

i4j DC Paris: How To Disrupt Unemployment

By i4j Chairs Vint Cerf and David Nordfors “HOW TO DISRUPT UNEMPLOYMENT” i4j DC OCTOBER 13-14 2014 the national academy of sciences, washington dc, u.s. organizers: vint cerf and david nordfors, google / iiij i4j PARIS SEPTEMBER 6 2014 u.s. embassy, hotel de talleyrand, paris, france organizers: stefano scarpetta and david nordfors, oecd / iiij […]

Putting America Gainfully Back to Work

by Nick Ellis (via SingularityHub) Years ago, my brother, Matt, explained to me that there are three ways to push out the productivity curve: technology, capital, or people. When we increase productivity, we increase wealth. However, when we discuss how these three forces impact the labor market, we often focus singularly on how technology either […]

The Wildly Ambitious Future of the Job Search

Rick Wartzman – Fortune Magazine : “Still, there is palpable excitement at the prospect of a more transparent and fluid job market. Google’s Vint Cerf, widely considered one of the “fathers of the Internet,” envisions a massive databank that showcases people’s unique strengths, allowing employers to pull in just the right folks to tackle any task. […]

How to Future-Proof the Workforce

By Tess Posner www.twitter.com/tessposner Amidst ongoing debate about the future of work and how technology is transforming the economy, I recently attended the Innovation for Jobs Summit (i4j)—a two-day intensive gathering at Google that brings together 50 leaders from business, tech, government, venture capital, and media to explore job creation and the future of the […]

If you change the way you look at things, the things that you look at change

The digital world we live in today allows us to imagine and experiment with totally new approaches to disrupting unemployment. The relational view is a new conceptualization of work, changing the focus from creating jobs to creating customers — in new, innovative and interactive ways.

Innovation Means New Shared Language

By David Nordfors With all innovations come new words and stories. It can be a product name, a story about what the innovation does, experiences of using it, and so on. Many may see this as an effect of the innovation. But let’s think of the new words and stories as a part of the […]