• I believe this article relates to the topic of our discussion on the key factors influencing the future of education. It speaks on how economic development can also be focused on improving the important skills of […]

  • This week’s readings were very interesting, but I was particularly impressed by Joseph Aoun’s book Robot Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. He makes a good sense of a very complicated […]

    • If you listen to “The Daily” podcast by the NYT, they were just speaking to the nature of this in yesterday’s episode. It was all about the predatory practices of the quick-ship industry and how there doesn’t seem to be any great solution right now. They also touched on the fact that within a matter of years, maybe even sooner, all of those precarious jobs will be eliminated thanks to robots. In some areas, like Memphis, these packing plants are all they have for reliable work for those without a degree. We need to do better by our citizens and I think both education and workforce prep need to be considered.

      Sorry to ramble.

    • Maybe it’s just my gloomy outlook, but it seems like there is much more action around this issue outside the US, especially in Asia.


    The 2018 CUNY Career Innovation Summit is a unique learning and networking opportunity for students across the CUNY system. The day-long event will bring together leading businesses in the sectors of media, […]

  • As I mentioned in my latest blog post, according to Chip Conley, who is hospitality entrepreneur and a strategic advisor at Airbnb, at a time when power shifting younger, companies are finally waking up to the value of humility, emotional intelligence, and wisdom that come with age. His argument opposes the stigma “elderly” and suggests to inspire…[Read more]

  • This week’s readings on necessary skills and key trends for future work pictures the importance of soft skills. The idea, that “investments in skills must be at the center of any long-term strategy for adj […]

  • Since my proposed big idea has been eventually focusing on the right CSR strategy in regard to the role of employees, in this week’s lightning talk I would like to present the article about the Living Wage and ho […]

    • Interesting. This makes me think about Amazon raising its wages to $15/hour. I guess the question is, should these changes be driven by businesses taking the lead on these ethical policies, or should it be regulated by the government, or some combination of both? The former may be more realistic in today’s political environment, but I worry that CSR will never be enough because the incentives aren’t there and the costs are too high for businesses struggling to compete.

      • I hear you, Ananda. I think the government should set the floor when it comes to wages and benefits (and maybe that is $15/hour). To me, that is where ethics comes in.

        And then companies that want to invest for the long-term or attract better workers should adopt CSR policies that raise them above the floor.

        I get the point that CSR is more of an investment than a cost. The question that raises, though: If the investment paid clear dividends, wouldn’t all companies make the investment? Do all companies not realize that it pays dividends, do they not have the money to make the investment or is CSR something that only makes financial sense for certain sectors or certain size companies?

    • Interesting to think about how “living wage” is the same, or different, from UBI.
      The whole idea of how CSR fits with the future of work theme is starting to get much more sharply focused, Tamar!

    • How does this gel with your previous research about the possibility of a jobs guarantee? What would the pay look like, and is it just meant to be living, or could it be fruitful or perhaps a means to a more expansive position within the field?

  • I saw the following which may be the interest of some. You can get more information and register through this link: https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/tech-new-york

    Last week I attended the Politic of Food […]

  • Tamar commented on the post, Uncertain Future, on the site Mind The Gap 1 month, 1 week ago

    Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to read her whole book yet, but what I know that as a former chair of General Electric, she operated business innovations. she was promoted to President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal in 2006, overseeing ad revenue and the company’s digital efforts. Written about and profiled extensively in the med…[Read more]

  • Tamar wrote a new post, Uncertain Future, on the site Mind The Gap 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    While reading A Scenarios Approach to the Future of Livelihoods, Peter Schwartz describes the scenarios as a structured way to think about the future, that will help not only organizations but also individuals […]

    • Haven’t read Comstock, but sounds like I should!
      What I find missing in these discussion is the role of institutions in scenario planning and dealing with uncertainty. Most institutions — especially universities — inculcate a fear of failure that interferes with experimentation and exploration of alternative paths. So it’s hard enough on the individual level. At the institutional level, it’s sometimes excruciatingly difficult. Is this something Comstock writes about?

      • Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to read her whole book yet, but what I know that as a former chair of General Electric, she operated business innovations. she was promoted to President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal in 2006, overseeing ad revenue and the company’s digital efforts. Written about and profiled extensively in the media, from the New York Times to Forbes, Fortune and Fast Company, she has been named to the Fortune and Forbes lists of the World’s Most Powerful Women. She is a member of the board of Nike.
        She writes how she overcame her introverted nature and personal setbacks to uncover the new, the unusual, even the weird — meeting new people constantly. What I found in general review of her book, is that she offers a picture of American company embracing today’s global disruption while attempting to become a leading company of tomorrow. During her career, she became a real change maker, helping her company successfully grapple with a rapid-fire change in industries ranging from media to health, energy, transportation, manufacturing, finance, and software. When I first read about her I was so inspired with her strong personality and her innovative vision about the future of work, that while listening and reading Schwartz’s scenario planning, her quotes came to my mind right away.

    • This article provoked a lot in me. I wonder how the idea of safety nets will fit in nationally, I think back Andy Stern’s answer a few weeks ago; give it to everyone. I wonder if those who do not need a safety net would be given an option to deny it? I wonder if socially, it would be able poor taste for a millionaire, billionaire to accept a UBI? However, the scenario that I find most troubling is Pathways. The idea of using big data to tie skill sets to jobs. I know a lot of people who are good at something that they absolutely detest and to tie that to your only or most lucrative method of employment seems problematic.

  • As we move forward the ability to control private information is becoming harder. Recent technological disruptions have greatly impacted everyone’s private lives and some of its aspects are becoming one of the fu […]

  • I agree with you that we need to be well prepared and society need better changes to deal with what is coming really fast or as you said what is already present. Especially progress in AI will definitely replace software, and robots will replace human beings. As we see the manual labor business is fully mechanized, and the same is going to happen…[Read more]

  • Tamar wrote a new post, Is UBI a Paradox?, on the site Mind The Gap 2 months, 1 week ago

    With my point on UBI, I would like to answer to one of the questions asked by Andy Stern in his book Raising the Floor if the guaranteed basic income would make Americans lazy or it would help them to focus their […]

    • A pilot project of UBI in Namibia, taken place in 2008, seemed to be successful. The project reduced the crime rate and increased the school enrollment rate of young children. However, I am curious about how governments would obtain financial resources in order to provide the UBI to their citizens, most especially in the current situation wherein the governmental budget across the globe tends to be in deficit. Will governments increase the tax rate even higher? I don’t have the answer, but I think it is an interesting question to discuss.



    • Important area for our UBI discussion: how might it framed to encourage continuous learning? in other words, should conditions be placed on how the UBI is used, or would that blunt its effectiveness?

  • In my future research for this semester, I want to explain the successful public governance and how the interest and value interact with collaborative initiatives in the complex institutional relation. My question […]

    • interesting topic — sounds like this is going to be your “big idea” not the week’s lightning round, which you posted elsewhere….your challenge will be to keep keep to the convergence of “future of work” and “corporate social responsibility.” look forward to discussing!

  • Most of our weekly articles deal with the impact that AI might have on our lives. A lot of ideas are expressed about what changes automation will bring to our concept of human being. So far, the technology is a […]

    • Excellent points, Tamar. There is much potential for good, as we find ways to augment human efforts with AI and other technologies. Didn’t know that TED talk and glad to know about it!

  • While talking about the passion I would like to agree with Vincent and would add the idea of Passion Vs Pragmatism, that you cannot always do what you want. I have been always encouraged by my parents that I […]

    • So provocative! And now I have much better vocabulary for today’s discussion on satisfaction in work. That MLK quote is rolling around in my head, length, breadth, and height.

    • I wonder how “a connection to a community” from this week’s reading More than job satisfaction can also be another source of motivation at work other than autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

    • Tamar – I agree so much that young people’s professional aspiration is driven by economic necessity. It saddens me that older generations sometimes look down on this. The world has changed so significantly in recent decades that I think it becomes difficult for older and younger generations to have conversations about “work” or “career.” These definitions are simply vastly different.

  • Some of us hate and some of us love work, but as the true nature of our reality, most of us have no choice and we just “have” to work. Whenever we are speaking about the “meaning” of work I have to say it, that I […]

    • Terrific, will look forward to discussing this idea of “social capital” and how to maximize it in different kinds of organizations. And also whether “loving work” is a luxury that should be available to all….or whether that’s a pipe dream.

    • This was a very interesting and relatable topic. I can confidently state that I have very well established and trusting working relationships with a few colleagues in my department. This is very essential, especially in smaller teams within divisions and larger departments. Sharing information and trusting co-workers to assist in issues or when you are absent is beneficial and increases productivity. However, we are in an era or in transition to increased utilization of technocology where privacy and trust are questionable. Some workers may not trust others handling their documents or accessing their files in a shared drive on a network. There are also some cases where workers have the mentality “if you want it done right, do it yourself.” In addition, with the gig economy becoming an alternative work environment it may become difficult to form trusting working relationships when the turn over rate of employees is high.

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