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Future of Work: Socialstructing Organizations, Skills, Innovation

The nature of work and careers is poised to change substantially in the coming years. While there have been a number of shifts in the ways that we work over the last generation, the Institute for the Future’s research increasingly suggests that a qualitative shift, perhaps of much greater impact than the outsourcing revolution, could now be taking shape. Moving forward, workplaces will work in new ways.

MakerBot Day 2: I Start to Build

Let me start off by saying that I mean this in the nicest way possible -- I am really enjoying the lurching process of building my MakerBot, and am more than happy to get the chance to work my way through the assembly of the machine.

That said, if the MakerBot is the future, then the future is f*&@ing complicated.

IFTF Releases Case Study on How to Run an Online Contest based on BodyShock The Future

In 2010, we at the Institute for the Future discussed a vision to create a contest that would ask people to enter and vote for ideas on how to transform our bodies and lifestyles for future health—a topic closely related to IFTF’s Health Horizons research.

14 Dreams for the Future of California

 

IFTF Summer Internships

Institute for the Future will be holding a 4-week internship program this summer, from June 22 – July 16.  The program will focus on providing participants with an introduction to foresight research and practice.  You will enjoy exposure to various foresight methodologies, many at the innovative edge of strategic foresight and futures work. It's an opportunity to work with a leading futures group in a creative environment, with a mix of direction and independence.  Note: This internship is exclusively for graduate and undergraduate students.

IFTF Researcher Testifies at Senate Hearing on Research Parks and Job Creation

Yesterday, I traveled to Washington to testify at a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on "Research Parks and Job Creation".

The Rise of the Underground Bio-Economy

We like to look to hidden places to find some of our most intriguing signals about the future--and in this case, an unusual crime seems to be pointing toward the increasingly important, and increasingly contentious role that biological sciences will have in fields like food and health in the next decade. That unusual crime? The black market trade of hookworm as a DIY cure for auto-immune disorders such as asthma.

Reimagining Work: Collaborative Authorship, Coordination, and Version Control

New Tool Paradoxes

One of the paradoxes of technological change is that as new tools are introduced, people often remain tethered to their existing tools and practices. It's a paradox because new technologies can be significantly beneficial, yet we are loath to incorporate them into our daily routines. As people, we don't tolerate losses too well. If we lose a technology we've come to rely on, even to replace it with a better version, that can feel like a big source of pain. 

 

Migration's Magical Realism

The experience of migration, of moving to a new habitat or locale, brings with it a magic-like experiences of the new environments. The relationship between cause and effect breaks down, and it takes more (or less) effort to do things that once seemed easy (or difficult). Alice's experience in Through the Looking Glass has a migration-like feel to it as she runs with the Red Queen in the Garden of Live Flowers.

A Lesson in Designing Nudges from the World of Crime Prevention

The BBC has a great article up exploring subconscious efforts to fight crime through design.

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