future of work

The Future of Work Is Full of Paradoxes

Last weekend I co-organized an open-space conference here in Portland on the topic of the future of work. We had about 100 participants, and together we generated a rich marketplace of topics covering everything from culture, fractals, relationships and design to occupational hazards of the knowledge worker. (You can see the full list of topics on the conference website.)

My main takeaway from the conference is that the future of work involves many paradoxes. I think it is important to identify the paradoxes because otherwise it can feel like we’re contradicting ourselves, or that we’re not all on the same page—when in fact I think there was a lot of harmony among the sessions.