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The Future of Work ... is happening now ...

Karen O'Donnell
editor at Chartwell Speakers

Long before the pandemic, we recognised that how work gets done is changing due to the emerging technologies.  

In his landmark report of 2013, Carl Benedikt Frey predicted that up to 47% of jobs will change due to automation by 2030, and this includes white collar jobs as well as labour intensive roles.

In his subsequent book ‘The Technology Trap – Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation’ , Carl shares new research and perspectives on how these developments will directly impact businesses, policy makers and society in general.

The pandemic changed where and how we work – many of us will continue to work from home more often or will work in a more hybrid way between home and the office.  It is likely we will attend less meetings in person so the video calls are here for the long run.

Chris Kane, author of ‘Where Is My Office – Reimagining the Workplace for the 21st Century’ shines a light on how commercial office space must adapt to the needs of its users – the implications for property developers,  investors and employers are far reaching.

Heather McGowan’s latest book is  ‘The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work’. Heather helps leaders and employees understand how to prepare for jobs that do not yet exist. She provides audiences with useful takeaways to re-think and re-frame business models and organisational structures.

In her regular columns in Forbes, she argues how leaders and firms alike need to rethink how to make the most of their people’s potential in this changing world of work.

We know that our workforces must become more diverse in the years ahead.  What are the implication for design and how will we need to adapt workplaces to be more functional yet remain attractive to all who use them.   Jeremy Myerson takes on this challenge – he illustrates this vision in his new book ‘Designing A World for Everyone – 30 Years of Inclusive Design‘.​

Jeremy is a director of WORKTECH Academy, a global knowledge network of companies and academics exploring how we’ll work tomorrow. His expertise is in analysing how a combination of design, technology, behaviour, place and culture will shape the new world of work​.


The Future of Work is here today so call us if you would like to engage with one of these thinkers or if we can help find someone else to speak at your event.

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