At this seminar held on Wed 18 June 2008 at the Institute of Creative Technologies, DMU, Andrea Saveri described an emerging landscape of change that will shape the future of work–including disruptive shifts brought about by amplified workers, ubiquitous transparency, a redefinition of diversity, the “scientification” of work, strategic sustainability, and health as a strategic asset. Together, these shifts challenge traditional business strategy and organizational roles and functions. Several new kinds of roles will emerge that embody the opportunities presented by these six driving forces of change. The seminar presented these ideas and gave participants an opportunity to re-imagine their own roles in the context of the future of work.
Andrea Saveri was at DMU at the invitation of NLab and the IOCT to speak at the NLab Social Networks Conference 19 June 2008. She is a senior director at the Institute for the Future Palo Alto, and has worked closely with Howard Rheingold for several years. 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.