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Hot Spots Newsletter: we unveil Lynda's new book, The Shift

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The wait is over! We can now reveal the cover of Lynda's new book, which is published on May 12.

The concept

So, what is the book about? The Shift takes as its lead the idea of what work will look like in 2025, and how we need to adapt to meet this radically different environment. Lynda says that there are five forces that will fundamentally change the way we work: globalisation; society; demography; technology. and energy.

Lynda is quick to remind us that, if we do not adapt our working ways, the workplace of the future could be a very lonely place. Indeed, work is a defining, all-consuming part of our lives. The book details three key shifts that we, as individuals, can make to prepare ourselves for this fast-moving world of work.

Exclusive video: Lynda discusses the book

The Shift ties together stories of people who are using the changing workplace to their advantage to lead richer, fuller lives, while others are struggling against feelings of isolation.

Lynda explains: "The forces of globalisation and technology can lead to fragmentation, loneliness, isolation and a feeling of exclusion from the global talent pool. So, how do we turn this change into a positive, in order to lead great lives, filled with creativity, productivity and excitement?"
You can download the video to hear more.

Pre-ordering the book

You can pre-order on the UK Amazon site by clicking here. Advance orders increase the chart position of the book when it is published, so the more the merrier – it would be excellent to get Lynda to number one!

There isn't a publication date for the US yet, but you can order on the UK site.

At work and at play

As innovation and creativity become the stamp of high value work, so our working circumstances will have to provide an opportunity for childlike play and creativity to flourish. Lynda Gratton gets playful in this exclusive extract.

Work becomes play when we do something we normally don't; when we stop doing something we normally do; when we carry to the extreme the behaviours we normally regulate; and when we invert the patterns of our daily social life. My colleagues Charalampos (Babis) Mainemelis and Sarah Ronson call this reversal, intensification, trespassing, and abstinence – the four cardinal points of play and festive behaviour.

We play when we move out of our day-to-day life, when we are not constrained by the normal boundaries of time and space; when we feel free and unconstrained; when we are flexible and lose our normal association between means (what we do) and ends (the result of our actions).
These are not antecedents, consequences of something else that is play; rather, they are the very stuff play is made of.

To read more, click here.

Closing the Future of Work Research Consortium 2

By the time you read this, we will be putting the final touches to our last face-to-face event for the Future of Work on May 4, after events in Singapore and London.

We can give you a taster of what they will here: the diagram shows the 33 trends that could change work over the coming decades, grouped into their five broad categories: Low Carbon, Demography, Globalisation, Technology and Society. Click on the illustration to enlarge.

The diagram shows the 33 trends that could change work over the coming decades, grouped into their five broad categories: Low Carbon, Demography, Globalisation, Technology and Society. If you'd like to put meaning and context to the diagram, come along to our FOW public workshop in London on June 15. You can sign up here to attend.

Just a reminder: we are currently signing up members for the Future of Work Research Consortium 3, which will start in October 2011. You can read more here or email Tina for details.

What are some of your insights over the Future of Work?

As part of the Future of Work face-to-face sessions, we recorded soundbites from some of the sessions to give you an insight into the topics discussed – and how some of the world's largest companies are approaching the next decade in the workplace.

First up is Marc Silvester, Senior Vice President and Global CTO, from Fujitsu, who notes that there are an increasing number of people nearing retirement age, who choose to start up their own company. This is one of the many factors the FoW discussed with regards to the untapped resources of senior citizens in the workplace. You can hear his thoughts here.

Who's in our network?

Charles Leadbeater is one of the most exciting thinkers in the education and human resources sector. The New York Times voted his idea of the Pro- Am economy one of the most innovative of the last ten years.

Some of his most interesting work is in the field of how social entrepreneurs around the world create new ways of learning in extreme social circumstances, like in slums for example, where conventional learning tools are limited. As a result, they develop radically innovative learning solutions, which in turn give new insights into how we could reform education systems. You can read more about his work here.

And, take a moment to read Charlie's "not a blog", where he uploads speaking notes, drafts and project notes.

REMINDER: book now for June public workshops

We are still taking bookings for the two public workshops in London – Hot Spots on June 2 and Future of Work on June 15. You can read more here.

Blog watch – websites we like

Lynda's own blog post on When Women Rule The World (you can read it here) reminded us of an interesting Slate blog from a female perspective. The Double X Factor (catchy name) is essentially a conversation between the female writers, editors and columnists at the famous online daily magazine.

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