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Stronger together - exploring the changing world of work.

  • Oct 20, 2011 · 6:30 PM
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This meet up is mainly for people who (through choice or necessity) are looking at the changing world of work in a practical way (but is also for those with a more general interest in change). It is for people who are interested in alternatives to the traditional models of employment, self-employment, or unemployment.

The session will be participative.There will be opportunities to reflect on personal experiences and we will be building on our shared knowledge and experiences - but it will not be intrusive (no pressure to share personal details).

These are some of the basic ideas behind the meet up:

  • The present situation is not what most of us expected.
  • The future is uncertain and hard to imagine – but it is where we are headed because going back is not an option.
  • Whatever the future holds, we will be stronger together.
  • We need to break away from a model of employment where many individuals are competing against each other in isolation for too few jobs -  that approach is wasteful and destructive on many levels.
  • There are other, more collaborative, models - we need to explore and refine them.

We’ll start the session with a blank map on a flip chart - representing the future as "an unknown country". By the end of the session we’ll have sketched in some of the features of this unknown country and we’ll have developed a shared image of our starting point (where we are now).

If people have overlapping interests then we may start to create collaborative groups, plan some possible routes to explore and seek resources to help us on our way. There will also be opportunities for informal networking.

Practical points.

We're meeting in the function room above the bar 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. You're welcome to bring drinks up with you. The session will last approximately 2 hours, with plenty of opportunity for informal discussion and networking afterwards.

Free wifi will be available throughout the evening should anyone want to use it.

The session is organised by Pamela McLean.

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  • Pamela M.

    Thanks to Neil and Senake for feedback. Also thanks to Neil for sharing these links in an email. Very relevant to our group -
    Report on future work skills
    and economic sustainability video

    Thanks to Andy for photos now on Flickr

    October 24, 2011

  • Neil B.

    Thanks Pamela (and Nikki).

    Thought the event sparked some very interesting discussions and the exercises were thought-provoking at both an individual and group level. However, as we ran out of time at the end, be great to hear more about how what we worked through would feed into subsequent meetings.

    October 24, 2011

  • Senake A.


    Thanks for putting on an interesting and insightful meeting.


    October 21, 2011

  • Mark

    Great sounds like you all had a very productive night. Thank you for beginning the information harvesting and sharing Andy, I look forward to the sharing of links to that info, perhaps on this comment board. Thanks Pamela for calling on me to share the Prezi I worked on Wed/Thur this week. I hope it will go someway to raising awareness of the Commons and the need for Commons Literacy:

    October 21, 2011

  • Pamela M.

    Hi Mark - Thanks for letting us know. Please share the Prezi link with us. Ref yesterday I can only speak for myself. I was so grateful to everyone who came along. There was a good buzz to the evening. A mix of small group and whole group conversations. I certainly learned a lot and look forward to closer collaborations in future with the people who attended. We will be continuing our conversations. Let's all rub minds on information harvesting and sharing - Andy has started doing it.

    1 · October 21, 2011

  • Mark

    How did the meetup go? Will there me a harvest of information from the meetup? Will it be a part of a series on the changing world of work? It would be great for it to be a kind of ongoing, unfolding exploration. Anyway I hope you had a fantastic time and I look forward to attending the next one on this important topic.

    October 21, 2011

  • Mark

    Hi Pamela,

    I am so sorry for not being able to come to the meetup yesterday, I had to create a Prezi the night, at the last minute, for George Por which he used at the Contact un-conference in New York :-/ I didn't get any sleep until later on Thursday and so I was too exhausted to make it to the Contact meetup at Southbank and then onto your meetup I had originally scheduled. Apologies to everyone

    October 21, 2011

  • Pamela M.

    I'm sharing a message from Samwel - in Kenya:

    "I may not be there physically but in mind and spirit". Samwel has been connected with Dadamac for a long time. His main interest is "Food Security and Livelihoods". It's a very practical interest as he and people in his community grow their own food, and they have been seriously affected by lack of rain. This group is about change and collaboration. If climate change (and collaboration) interests you please let me know.

    October 19, 2011

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