AUGUST 2012.

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FIVE GLOBAL FORCES AND A PERFECT STORM

Did you know: we are now up to 32 members of the next iteration of The Future of Work Research Consortium? And, those member organisations lead 1.8 million employees, operate in more than 200 countries and contribute £968 billion to the global economy?

In a month, we'll be launching the fourth iteration of FoW. We will be looking at how five major forces will create a perfect storm when they interact (see graphic). FoW4 will specifically look at three themes (you can read in more detail here):

  • Organisational Agility
  • Future Talent
  • Business and Society

The organisations signed up so far are listed here. If you'd like to become the 33rd organisation to partner with us in the Future of Work, email Tina.

HOT SPOTS UPDATES

The Hot Spots Movement continues to grow, and we're looking for someone for a business development and social media roles. If you'd like to find out more, please click here.

Sign up for our exciting workshops, which explore the way we will be working in the next 20 years and what your organisation needs to prepare for these changes. Click here to learn more.

Last call for Future of Work Research Consortium membership. 33 global organisations have already signed up but be quick, we start on the 28th of September!

LAUNCH OF DIVERSITY CONSORTIUM

Diversity and Inclusion may seem like today's buzzwords due to the Paralympics, but the team at the Hot Spots Movement has been focusing its research on this area for some time now. We are building a global group of senior executives responsible for this area within large organisations from all industries – and would like you to join us. If you are interested in Diversity and Inclusion, click here to read more.

TALKING JAMS OVER BREAKFAST

We have been asked by so many members and followers to explain how we run jams on FoWlab – the pioneering online community platform we use to host 72 hour collaborative intelligence conversations – that we have decided to host a breakfast session to demonstrate. Built on our experience of running online research communities such as The Future of Work, FoWlab runs on one of the most advanced jam platforms in the world. Click here to read more.

FUTUREPROOFING WORKSHOP

URGENT: We have three spaces left in the 11 September workshop on Future-proofing Your Company because of a cancellation. Contact Tina if you would like to join.

The final quarter of the year is very busy for us at the Hot Spots Movement with three public workshops in London. Have you considered joining us? These small one-day sessions are a really excellent opportunity to discuss some of the trends impacting the future of work, and to discuss them with peers outside your organisation. Click here to read more.

BIG IN JAPAN

The Shift has become the top-selling business book on Amazon in Japan, and hit no.9 in the overall chart – fiction and non-fiction! This also means The Shift has sold more copies in Japan than anywhere else in the world.

The book has already gone into its fifth print in less than two months, and is on all the bestseller lists in bookstores around the country. As well as getting a lot of media attention, The Shift is also catching the eye of some of Japan's most influential bloggers, including the author Chikirin, who is organising an online bookclub event featuring The Shift on October 6!

WHAT WE'RE READING

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES WITH A DIFFERENCE

We are currently reading the draft of Lynda's new book – details to follow in a future newsletter. But in the mean time, we have been looking at Human Centred Design, a concept designed to source innovative ideas for people, non-profits and social enterprises working in low-income communities.

HCD comes from IDEO, the creative innovation house in San Francisco, and works along three principles: hear, create and deliver. There are hundreds of stories of innovation in communities, and you can read them here. The HCD Connect platform also includes ways to apply for microgrants, and the initiative is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

WHO'S IN OUR NETWORK

EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

As corporations look to further develop the female workforce, we'd like to introduce you to one of the most inspirational women in our network: Elizabeth Dearborn Davis is the co-founder and CEO of Akilah Institute for Women, which prepares job skills and training for women in Rwanda. The Institute's operating costs are supported by student-run social enterprises, while the social enterprises provide on-the-job training for women. One such social enterprise is English to Go, providing customised English courses for organisations on their own premises.

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