The Future of Work
Imagine organizations where bosses give employees huge freedom to decide what to do and when to do it. Imagine organizations where most workers aren’t employees at all, but electronically connected freelancers living wherever they want to. And imagine that all this freedom in business lets people get more of whatever they really want in life—money, interesting work, helping other people, or time with their families.
In this presentation, renowned organizational theorist Thomas W. Malone shows where these things are already happening today and how—if we choose—they can happen much more in the future. Malone argues that a convergence of technological and economic factors—particularly the rapidly falling cost of communication—is enabling a change in business organizations as profound as the shift to democracy in governments.
Based on 20 years of groundbreaking research, this presentation provides compelling models for actually designing the “company of the future.”
Visionary and convincing, Tom shows how technology now offers us the choice of creating a world that is not just richer, but better.
How can we create more intelligent organizations?
As examples like Google and Wikipedia illustrate, new technologies now make it possible to harness the collective intelligence of huge numbers of people all over the world in new ways. This talk will suggest how businesses, other organizations, and societies can take advantage of these possibilities. Topics to be addressed include: How can we measure collective intelligence in the first place? What are the key design patterns (or “genes”) that appear repeatedly in some of today’s most innovative organizations? And how can we use crowdsourcing to address complex societal problems like climate change?