The Future of Work: Amplified Individuals, Amplified Organizations
New technologies of cooperation are combining to create a generation of amplified individuals - workplace superheroes. In some cases they will compete with organizational model; in others they will amplify the capabilities of organizations where they already work. But are you amplified? How will key trends shaping work amplify your work and your organization? The Institute for the Future, a long-established Silicon Valley thinktank, has identified six major drivers of change.
Andrea Saveri is a senior director at IFTF and works across all of the major research programs. Her focus is on understanding how individuals, families, organizations, and communities make sense of the diffusion and re-invention of new technologies and media, and create new social, cultural, civic, and economic institutions.
Andrea leads IFTF’s practice area in the Future of Cooperative Strategy. The cooperation research examines the principles and underlying technologies of cooperation and collective action, and their potential to transform society. She has applied this research to domains such as innovation in health, public education, and business strategy
Currently Andrea is working at the intersection of education, youth and cooperative strategy. As part of this work she is developing a citizen forecasting application that brings futures thinking and participatory media to local communities, and youth in particular, in order to catalyze civic engagement and build stronger communities. Andrea has worked with 8th – 12th graders from various socioeconomic backgrounds developing personal forecast stories about their lives ten years in the future and the implications for present day choices. She is also applying key concepts and principles of the open economy to education, forecasting possible future structures for creating public learning systems that more equitably address education needs in the 21st century.
Andrea develops new methodological tools at IFTF. In addition to the youth foresight processes, she has developed a strategic framework for applying cooperative principles to the distinct challenges of the open economy. She has pioneered ethnographic research methods at IFTF and conducts other global primary research.
Andrea holds an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Hispanic studies from Harvard University. She has presented her work internationally and contributed chapters to the following books: New Directions in Career Planning, First and Second Editions, Davies Black 1991 and 2000; and Web Weaving: Intranets, Extranets, and Strategic Alliances, Butterworth-Heineman, 1998. Her forthcoming article, “Technologies of Cooperation: A SocioTechnical Framework for a Robust 4G Ecosystem, ” will appear in IEEE Technology and Society, Spring 2008.