This Wednesday at 1:30 PM Pacific we will be hosting the 4th in our series of Work and Life in the 21st century. John Hagel, a world renowned management thought leader from Deloitte will be sharing his views and what he believes is the core in shaping our interactions long-term around Untapped Data Opportunities. It is important to consider as we go through the “Great Reset” as has been advocated by Gary Bolles, Chairman of the Future of Work at Singularity University. This also reflects the “Great Phase Shift” in what Bill Davidow and Michael Malone advocate in Autonomous Revolution. What is at the core challenges our ability to Innovate our way out of this pause we have because of the pandemic.

History has shown that when you try to hold on to the past and in many cases what got you here and contributed to your success, you become blinded to what is going on around you as people are innovating in redefining how things get done as we move into the future. Having done this over a dozen generations of Moore’s law in helping to build Advanced Technology Factories around the Globe, I found that when it is dark, unsure, the future is cloudy, it was the time that you must first maintain your support for your existing customers, but it also is a time where you need to take a bit of your bandwidth and apply it to figuring out what it would take to innovate in the present situation which has definitely changed most all of our lives. Something small that can scale.

As we are challenged with how we might leverage technology to better serve humanity, many times we permit it to overwhelm us, whether email, whether too much social media, whether too much news on television, whether with all of the information that is coming at us, it is easy to lose sight that technology should better serve us. So many of these things that now are so easily accessible to us should be here to serve us. At the core of this in our present technology relationship is Data, which has primarily been used to optimize how we did things in the past. We optimized how we surveil people who might buy our products and services, or be influenced by our political position. It has not yet been defined in a way that it can best serve individuals, those around them, corporations as we move from Shareholders to Stakeholders in society. As we continue to explore what we have available to us to Design the Future of Work we should consider this is a very important time to innovate and redefine our relationships both personally as well as with technology. Please join us Wednesday.