Neil Jacobsohn Welcome to the world of virtual work

The future of work? How about a shared space mixed with social media platforms? We're seeing the rise of the virtual company. FutureWorld has in fact been exactly that for more than two decades - no offices anywhere in the world, no employees, no assets other than the intellectual property we develop. Could you learn some lessons from these ideas? Do you really need to put those extra bodies on the payroll - or can you just buy their expertise as and when you need it?
It's a mix of these ideas that are explored in the attached article and the MindBullet we wrote in 2008. Isn't it time to rethink the idea of "employment"?
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Welcome to the world of virtual work") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=5c5dd413-7da2-44a7-b636-b73251111cf3
Posted: 2 November 2011 at 13:36

Anton Musgrave Innovation in Africa

From Mpesa to Ushahidi to mobile insurance for crops, innovation coming out of Kenya continues to surprise. So often the bight new ideas emerge from unexpected places - places with few rules, little money, great need and an attitude to finding a solution that many can only wish for. so often innovation is killed by the administrative machinations of global corporations, political battles and a lack of urgency. The world should take lessons form how it is done in developing markets, with scant regards for 'due process', and driven by an urgency about the future that overcomes all obstacles.
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Innovation in Africa") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=f59f9169-d2f0-4ed4-bb3b-6a05d7509ad3
Posted: 6 September 2012 at 16:38

Neil Jacobsohn Home workers put in more hours

Traditionally-minded office managers shun the concept of telecommuting, because they fear people who work from home will be lazy and will "steal" time from work. Here's an indication that the truth is the opposite.
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Home workers put in more hours") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=8562aab4-a17e-4114-b010-4b52090b0886
Posted: 7 January 2013 at 12:12

Doug Vining Would you hire Bob or fire him?

Perhaps if Bob had split some of his gains with his company they wouldn't have fired him. On the other hand, they should have leveraged his obvious outsourcing skills to do the work of five people at the cost of one!
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Posted: 16 January 2013 at 17:09

Neil Jacobsohn To work from home or not?

The Yahoo decision to ban telecommuting has caused a wonderful furore and sparked great debate, with notables like Richard Branson and Donald Trump weighing in on different sides. It's fun - but an important debate about the future of work, and one we should all be considering. Where do you stand?
A FuturesForum post (titled: "To work from home or not?") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=deb82c0a-cc70-42d4-9d97-dcbee8618b6b
Posted: 7 March 2013 at 08:11

Neil Jacobsohn The new face of work

The new face of work...a network of millions of formal and informal contractors, supplying the services you need when you need them, without being on your books or filling a desk. Sound familiar? FutureWorld has been talking about the networked workplace for years - and now its happening. This report estimates that up to 33% of the US workforce comprises independent contractors - an astonishing figure. And its only going to grow.
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Posted: 26 March 2013 at 12:31

Neil Jacobsohn Crowd-source your bonus!

Crowd-sourcing your bonus payments - a good idea, or the spread of mediocrity? What an interesting debate! Can you recall how often you have questioned the allocation of bonuses in your company? Could this be a better way to fairly reward people - and at the same time to driven innovation and entrepreneurship?
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Crowd-source your bonus!") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=af0e873e-f585-4973-8185-8403a19b20f4
Posted: 11 June 2013 at 11:27

Wolfgang Grulke 1m workers on Zero-Hour contracts - a problem or solution?

This topic was thrust into the spotligh last ween when SportsDirect revealed that nearly all theri 22000 staff were employed on contracts that did not guarantee any regular hours or pay. It has been fascinating how the UK press is handling this 'revelation'. Most comments relate to how terrible it is for people to have "no guaranteed hours or pay". Others are starting to see that perhaps these contrarcts are perhaps more of a solution than a problem. What's better...1m unemployed or 1m partially employed? In any event the study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development indicated that 86% of those 1m were actually earning "a basic standard of living" - what most of the press focused on was the fact that "Some 14% of affected staff could not earn a basic standard of living". How's that for seeing the glass half-empty!?
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Posted: 5 August 2013 at 12:55

Wolfgang Grulke 1m workers on Zero-Hour contracts - a problem or solution?

Perhaps leaders will even have to think 'Beyond Zero'!
Posted: 5 August 2013 at 12:56

Anton Musgrave Collaboration drives abundance thinking

In a connected yet challenged world we have so many more ways to discover new solutions to the world's big problems. The challenges of water, food, healthcare, energy, the environment and education all need radical innovation and radical solutions. We now have increasingly powerful ways of discovering new solutions...through massive collaboration enabled by ubiquitous connectivity. Fuelled by the shift to social media and new ways of sharing personal information and ideas, we are sure to find many new ideas and solutions hitherto not easily shared and co-developed. The age of collaborative discovery takes us to an exciting place!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Collaboration drives abundance thinking") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=c320caaf-4434-43df-81b5-2c3d64e060a7
Posted: 15 April 2014 at 09:13
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