I was just reading Elizabeth Albrycht’s report on the the future of work congress over at Corporate PR (here) which reminded me of a conference on the Future of Work which I organized with Rudy Ruggles and the Center for Business Innovation back in 2001.
We invited 56 or so thinkers from all walks of live (scientists, psychologists, business people, consultants, architects, urban planners, analysts, designers, scientists, etc.) to come and brainstorm together around the future of work, workers, workplace and working. Attendees included David Weinberger, Michael Schrage, Larry Keeley, Birute Regine, Chris Meyer, Bob Luchetti, Wanda Orlikowski, and 49 others that will now feel left out if they read this. The point in me writing about this is not so much to reminisce about an old conference, but to resurface some of the predictions that were made at the time.
In one of the last excersises of the day we split the attendees into groups and asked them to create the cover magazine which we would likely be seeing in 2010. Here is what they came up with (5 images – make sure to click through – and sorry for the poor quality – I have a pdf of the write-up of the conference with better pictures if anyone is interested):