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Katerva is delighted to sponsor the #FutureOf series at LeadersIn, written by Katerva's #Futurist Adi Gaskell. In this set of articles Adi addresses the Future Of Work.

It is interesting to note that Adi wrote in his post greeting the New Year, “… health systems [are] under continued pressure from changing societal, demographic and technological patterns.” Little did we know at that point in time that the pressure would increase manyfold in the months to come. Even then, when we had probably much less to complain about, Adi suggested that we also acknowledge and celebrate some of humanity’s achievements. While some of us might feel guilty celebrating in these difficult times, doing so does not mean that those who do are ignoring or denying all the challenges and heart ache. Particularly when our individual ability to affect change for the better is limited, celebrating something positive can help lift the spirit, and give us the energy to keep dealing with the challenges. Here a link to 100 positive things that have happened in 2020, published in USToday in July. In the 2008 TED talk below Alison Ledgerwood shares insights on how language has implications on whether we are in a positive or negative frame of mind, and why we sholuld all work on establishing a more positive frame of mind. 

In his second article on the Future Of Work Adi is reflecting on the gig economy, observing that it is actually a very small percentage of the workforce that is working in non-standard work arrangements, and that the numbers have been more or less constant over the past 15 years. This is probably quite lucky, as the World Economic Forum has identified those reliant on the gig economy for work as among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Though whether employed people are faring any better in this crisis is questionable: in the European Union alone the number of unemployed has increased by 1,267,000 between April and July 2020. The video below shows some insights from a study Microsoft has commissioned into implications the pandemic has had on gig economy workers, and how gig economy platforms might be re-designed to support better working conditions and foster workers’ development.

The third topic Adi picked was the concept of a 4 day week. This discussion that has certainly received more attention since the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for economies have become all too obvious. Not least Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, believes that the concept is a valuable approach in rebuilding the economy. Listen to her talking about it in this, and nurturing wellbeing more generally in this video from the World Economic Forum.

In the final article Adi took a look at the fact that we can not only expect to change companies several times over our professional lives, but that we will increasingly enter into entirely different career paths. This is something Irish author and philosopher Charles Handy had already anticipated in his In his 1994 book ‘The Empty Raincoat’. Introducing the concept of portfolio careers he commented, “People with Portfolio careers either have several concurrent part time jobs or a series of jobs, each for a short and overlapping time. People with Portfolio careers either have several concurrent part time jobs or a series of jobs, each for a short and overlapping time.” More recently he started to talk about the ‘Butterfly Economy’ - find out more about it in this interview with Charles.

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