Predictive science has become problematic in modern times. If that were’nt so, most economists would have predicted the impending economic meltdown before 2008, and the predictions of many futurists about most of us enjoying a life of leisure with without work because of technology would have come to pass.
A Time Magazine special on work offered this prediction: “Ten years ago, Facebook didn't exist. Ten years before that, we didn't have the Web. So who knows what jobs will be born a decade from now? Though unemployment is at a 25‑year high, work will eventually return. But it won't look the same. No one is going to pay you just to show up. We will see a more flexible, more freelance, more collaborative and far less secure work world. It will be run by a generation with new values — and women will increasingly be at the controls.”
Futurists don’t give up though. A recent effort in this direction is a report, The Future of Work, by U.S. consulting firm, PSFK Labs. Among the most interesting of the reports conclusions and predictions about the future of work are the following:
Ariel Schwartz, writing in the blog, Co-Exist, describes PSFK vision well: “PSFK imagines that learning initiatives for young entrepreneurs, such as Enstitute, will become the norm. In this model, college students are matched up with startups, where they learn all the programs used by the company, take relevant Skillshare classes, and work on projects, and sit in on panels. Virtual learning libraries, where entrepreneurial experts can leave advice in written and video form, will also proliferate (we’re seeing hints of this now with the growing online education industry). At the same time, skills marketplaces--social tools that allow employers to quickly get a handle on applicants’ skills will become popular. Mozilla’s Open Badges project, for example, lets people display their skills via badges on social media profiles.”
Many of ideas and concepts presented in the report already exist, and are not well publicized. The report presents a thought-provoking look at work in the future well worth reading.
To obtain a copy of the report go to: www.psfk.com/futureofwork.