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Gartner: A Top-down View of the Future of Work

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“Future of work” has become a meme – a phrase that has a rich set of associations that may vary considerably from the words it is made up of.  “Future of work” vision videos often involve unexpected wonders, like walls of video glass and instant worldwide communications.  As far as the outcomes of all these wonders one can only guess by the workers in these videos who seem calm and mildly happy.  But why?Too often, “future of work” is used to extrapolate current trends to a future state in a pristine, “all other things held constant” sort of way.  In these futures, current trends such as AI, ever-thinner devices, or pico projectors are “completed”, new trends haven’t emerged, and we can see what that world would look like.  It’s more of a future lab environment than a future world.

Maybe these visions should be called “Future of today’s work trends”?

Consider a different approach: think about the future of work starting from the desired outcome and working backward rather than turning the crank on a set of known trends. Right away you’re faced with a choice of taking a utopian or dystopian path.  The dystopian path can be very enlightening, but I’m feeling utopian today – work in the Garden of Eden.  (Yes, there was still work there. Adam was “put in the Garden of Eden to work it.”)

Read the entire article here, A Top-down View of the Future of Work

Via the fine folks at Gartner.

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Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in approximately 10,000 distinct enterprises worldwide. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 8,300 associates, including more than 1,800 research analysts and consultants, and clients in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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