You Won’t Be Automated: Innovation for Jobs

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” The i4j Innovation for Jobs Summits brings together innovative leaders in creating shared language across silos, enabling stakeholders and change agents to disrupt unemployment. What are your hopes and fears about the […]

Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and the Future of Work

Pablo Picasso visited Henri Matisse fortnightly during the spring of 1946. Matisse was pleased to see him. Matisse was 76 and had endured arduous colon surgery. Much of his work was now done either in bed or from a wheelchair. After one of these visits Henri Matisse wrote to his son Pierre: “Picasso came to […]

What Does Education Have To Do With Innovation For Jobs?

Finding the intersection of human and idea

As we reflect on the Innovation for Jobs Summit that brought together some brilliant minds from around the world, it highlighted the fact that ecosystems form an important part of shaping new innovations. David Nordfors and Jay van Zyl embarked on a journey that is still in it’s infancy, but resulted in this: Creating the first […]

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 […]