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SHEIRA M. FURSE :: Brand and marketing ace-at-the-ready, social and cultural explorer, gen xer and flexer, futurist on how we will work, avid reader and antiquarian, and friend to rabbits everywhere.

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Companies That Are Radically Changing The Way We Work 

This list of companies that are working the future of business today is a shot of instant inspiration. Enjoy!

Social Means Freedom, for Better or Worse 

Another astute take from Nilofer Merchant, this time on the future of work:

"Work is freed. This changes not only how we work at the broadest levels — and how we organize every single part of our organizations — but what we make, how we produce and distribute it, and how we market and sell it. Is that scary? For many, yes. But, for better or worse, social is giving us this freedom. The question now is what we do with it."

I love that Nilofer acknowledges the inherent uncertainty and fear that exists around this. So few work futurists pay that any heed, and it is an important factor in how we will realize the potential of a free talent force.

(Nilofer Merchant for HBR)

Steelcase 100-Year Anniversary 

Steelcase is doing remarkable work gathering people’s dreams for what the next century will look and feel like. Understanding how we will live will have direct bearing on how we will work, and on their mission to craft great work experiences wherever this may happen. This work reflects the kind of magic that happens when a brand elevates it’s view beyond pushing product to embracing possibility and purpose.

Agility may be the single highest priority for workplaces now and in the future.

Coworking, Swarming, and The Agile Workplace by Brian Green of Herman Miller

(via stoweboyd)

Why Apple can't build iPhones in the US 

A fascinating read, both in terms of the impact of the American middle class and the conditions under which Chinese workers toil to feed the global appetite for consumer technology. Clearly our era of rapid and pervasive innovation is unfolding at a very human cost, both for the American workers who no longer have a place in our economy and for the Chinese workers who labor under conditions that we would consider deplorable even if they are an improvement over Chinese rural living standards. The situation is not sustainable from either end, and it will be fascinating to see what happens as the US reinvents its economy and Chinese workers find their collective voice. Both are long term propositions to be sure, but perhaps not nearly as long as one would imagine in our fast moving world that is increasingly populated by collaborative and civic-minded Millennials.

Dusk, Dawn, and High Noon 

This from Rand: “Demographics are not destiny, but they are the next best thing. The accumulation of slow demographic changes inexorably alters nations, especially vis-à-vis one another — and in ways that are not easy to reverse. In the decades ahead, China and India will have the most to gain or to lose, and the United States will continue to have the most to protect and to defend.” The attached article on global demographic trends is a must read for anyone interested in how the future will unfold.