What is work?

Before we look into the future of work, I was thinking about work itself and when work is really work and when is it passion, an interesting activity. So I broke it up in two very different perspectives:

1) Work is an activity people do under a certain force to make money, not necessarily love what they do and do it in a rather routine way. That includes hard work, which is a huge load on their body, monotonous, repeat work, and work that does not require any specific skills but needs to get done. I’m sure you get the idea.

2) Then there is work people do not feel they are forced to do. This may be more or less sophisticated work. That work is more likely than not loved by the people who do that. It may be highly complex and very challenging and people like the challenge so that they would not consider it work. But it may also be a rather simple task where people still excited about and get satisfaction out of certain aspects of that work. This can be anything from artwork, craftsman work, creative work, strategy work, important human interactions, and so forth.

The most interesting part is that some activity is work for one and passion for somebody else. We humans have not been very good to avoid work and look for the cool stuff. Mainly because the understanding of work was very different about 300 years ago and all the previous 200,000+ years.

I guess it is time to make a change.

Hello world – with no work!

Welcome to a new world with no work.

Make your first self test:
A) Did you think – oh how terrible – this would be a catastrophe?
B) Did you think – oh how cool would that be. We can just do what we love to do and no longer worry about having a job?

The good news just up front:  The majority of people will enjoy an amazing lifestyle in the future – more comfortable that we can even imagine today. However,  as always, some people will simply reject the future, deny any positive aspect and fight for keeping a status quo. The past 5,000 years as a civilization, humans have taught each other, and even forced each other to keep the status quo. Keeping the status quo was utterly important because it was to ensure that we did not loose our achievements. Loosing the achievements back then was easy as there were no printing press to share documents, no books, no computers. All knowledge was transferred by word of mouth. CHANGE in this case change of the content was a deadly sin. Only in the past two to three centuries the high standard became higher through changes that happened within a life span of a person. The 5,000 year old behavior to stick with what we have is deep in our DNA by now. it takes more than just call the naysayer laggards. It takes a new mindset we all, as a society can agree on and than teach our generations to come.

Your future is now literally depending on your mindset. Because it this stage there is no clear concept or strategy how this next industrial evolution will pan out. However since we are talking about it already, there are also already ideas.  This book is thought to be a collection of concepts and a possible development over the next 50 or so years.

I have been called a visionary for years. Mainly because of my skills to create a plausible picture of the next 20 or more years. No – I’m not a clairvoyant or magician. I simply look at things we have in an early development stage, I look at what people would really like to have, what our societal evolution is looking like, possible industry and political influence and a most likely outcome of all of that.

I will try my best to assemble a collection of development streams that may help to compile an outlook into the next 50+ years.