Time to join the Work Revolution


Last week I happened upon a mention of an upcoming event in New York City, called the Work Revolution Summit. I browsed the site and immediately realized that these were my kind of people, some of whom I know, like Seth Godin, Simon Mainwaring, Dina Kaplan, Dan Pontefract, and Jessica Lawrence, but all of whom seem very, very smart and close the edge:

From the site:


The Work Revolution Summit is an invitation-only conference which aims to fundamentally re-design the “operating software” of business.

Why would we do this? Well, sadly, most workplaces suck — literally. Our organizations are actually designed to be life-sucking entities. Despite the fact that the majority of our lives are spent doing this thing called “work,” the vast majority of people hate it.

This is tragic, but it’s not terminal.

If enough of us wanted to, we could completely re-design the way we work.

In fact, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

I find the metaphor of the business operating system to be powerful and evocative, and one with hope built in. When struggling with the concepts around business culture or organizational change we can get mired in all the reasons why not. But when considered as a designed object, like a few millions lines of source code in an operating system, even though making significant changes can be difficult and may take serious time, it feels more open to human agency, and less of an uneditable set of deeply wired in biases.

I am now one of the participants highlighted on the site, having applied and been accepted for the invitation only event, 20-21 September in New York City. I also browsed over to the workrevolution.org website, and joined the revolution. I added some additional gloss to the profile they have of me on the site — characterized as a thought leader — in a Socialogy post on my blog.

The organization has an about page, which is a manifesto:



I can easily support this: it aligns with my beliefs about our basic motivations, and the current mismatch between today’s business operating system and the new form factor of work.

(This has motivated me to consider boiling down the thoughts I have been developing here and at stoweboyd.com into a similar manifesto, each point of which will be a chapter in the book I am at work on. I have drafted several chapters, but recently I have rethought the book’s basic arc to better reflect my core interest — the future of work — rather than smaller, less forward-looking topics, like social business.)

I suggest that anyone with interest in these topics visit the Work Revolution site and try to attend the Summit. They are only charging a nominal fee to cover costs, like $100. If you are serious about the future of work, take a look, and join us.

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