Living the Future of Work

Gary Bolles, Chair for the future of work at Singularity University, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about how organizations try to channel human energy-but still need processes and practices, that can become a distraction. We discuss the concept of exponential tech and the raid pace of change. We touch on digital distraction devices. We discuss the unbundling of education, the eroding contract between knowledge workers and employees, and indeed the blurring boundaries between learning, work, and leisure. Singularity university, where Bolles is engaged, is a learning platform, which is useful because we are all having to think like a network. To succeed, he says, we need a mind shift. 

The takeaway is that the future of work might already be here for knowledge workers. Some of us feel like we have been living it for decades already. In fact, not much is new for digital workers in the tech industry. The change is more profound for non-tech sectors. In fact, the ground might be eroding but it is definitely not evaporating. Perhaps we should stop talking about the future of work for things that are contemporary? Then again, each person ought experience this differently, and that might be an even bigger challenge for organizations that now need to personalize their response. 

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For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim’s personal website ( as well as the Yegii Insights blog ( Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.