What do YOU want for the future of work? I want to end employment!

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What do you want the future of work to hold?

I think we should abolish employment!

This evening, I’m talking at The Future of Work Scotland about my ideas. I’m no expert, so I’m not predicting or analysing. I’ll talk about what I don’t like in the way we organise work at the moment, about what I recognise is required, and what I hope for in the future.

Here are some things I don’t like

  • Parent-child models — implicit in the employment contract
  • Turning people into machines — implicit in ‘below the API’ gig work
  • Taxing employment (and IR35)
  • Exploitation and unfairness — implicit in all of the above
  • ‘Employee engagement’ — I want us to think about the difference between that and human connection

This will make me sound angry. But I’m not really.

I do recognise:

  • The need for overall rights and protections
  • That some people don’t want to have to constantly think about and renew their work, don’t want to be — couldn’t survive if they had to be — in the precariousness of gig work etc
  • The need for organisation and structure — and governance of emergent properties — Total Football doesn’t happen on its own
  • That certain things are required for work to happen

And the difference between working in the fresh green fields and the swamp!

I’ll define ‘three tribes’, the dependence-independence-interdependence-inter-intedependence patterns, what ‘above and below the API’ mean, my definition of work, and the underlying patterns that shape work and organisation.

What I want in the future is:

  • Recognition of different needs of different people at different times — and of people AS people with freedom, rights, and duties
  • Simplified taxation and Universal Basic Income
  • Adult-to-adult fee contracting — in an agile way, which looks rather like good delegation
  • The potential of DAOs to come good without replicating ALL the mistakes we’ve ever made in organisation

What do YOU want for the future of work?

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3 thoughts on “What do YOU want for the future of work? I want to end employment!

  1. automation could give us a UB paradise, so why is it that the only future we seem to be able to envision is that of Katpiss Everdine?

    i blame neoliberal capitalism

    lol not lol


  2. i never understood why some people would happily do a moronic mind numbing job in a factory bending sheet metal or answering calls for a bank.

    so in 1988 i asked a friend who worked for First Direct.

    She told me. She tended to do a few antisocial hours whenever, because they let you.

    back then Leeds was full of people like her, and FD were happy that anybody at all wanted to cover the graveyard shifts.

    That freed her to work on her art.

    As did the old-style dole.

    Me, i was the sort of idiot that wanted a Maslowed job, a vocation.

    now I’m retired i can get back to what i really wanted to do 50 years ago,

    make music in my back bedroom and write a novel,

    but my work saving the world (lol} hijacked me for half a century.

    i bought an electric guitar at age 66, fifty years after you’re supposed to… can’t play it, obvs.

    thing is
    I’ve made a living,

    doing what the fuq i want,
    what interested me,
    what helped others


    only very rarely

    did it feel like work.

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