Theme: Livelihoods of the Future

What are we going to do? To support our families? To support our communities? To be happy? 


“The predestined, blue-collar lifestyle that Bruce Springsteen sang about in Darkness on the Edge of Town is already a thing of the past, and it will only grow smaller in our rear-view mirrors as we approach 2040. Soon, the world of the large central firm and steady, predictable work will exist only in museums.”

The Next American Economy


“Traditional work is dying.”

5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change The Economy By 2040 | Fast Company | Business + Innovation


The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year — the birth and death rates of American companies — have crossed for the first time since the measurement began. I am referring to employer businesses, those with one or more employees”

American Entrepreneurship: Dead or Alive?

Spark File 2017

Updated: 19 Feb 2017

Themes to Explore:


  •  Skills Shelf Life Vs Learning Speed – How will people keep up with the pace of change?

“Ten out of eleven good-to-great CEOs came from inside the company, three of them by family inheritance. The comparison companies turned to outsiders with six times greater frequency—yet they failed to produce sustained great results.

– Good to Great by Jim Collins


  •  The Next Economy – What will people do?

“Many people are seeing the erosion of their economic futures. The labor market troubles of the young—which you can observe in many countries—are a harbinger of the new world of work to come. Lacking the right training means being shut out of opportunities like never before. 

At the same time, the very top earners, who often have advanced postsecondary degrees, are earning much more. Average is over is the catchphrase of our age, and it is likely to apply all the more to our future.”

“If you and your skills are a complement to the computer, your wage and labor market prospects are likely to be cheery. If your skills do not complement the computer, you may want to address that mismatch. Ever more people are starting to fall on one side of the divide or the other. That’s why average is over.”

Average is Over by Tyler Cowan


  • Jobs, Identies & Socities – How will people demonstrate worth?

Trump Administration Strategy 

Notes From:

Is Trump Floundering, or Is Bannon Making Good on His ‘Revolution’? | Foreign Policy

Quotes:

Bannon and other like-minded ideologues in the Trump White House view disruption and polarization as means of pressing ahead with their agenda and rallying their core supporters.

when a story comes up which is not helpful, not favorable, or when he wants to get people disrupted … he throws a ball and everybody scrambles after it and neglects the story they should be following.

the hallmarks of a “shock event” designed to throw adversaries off guard and seize the initiative.

A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines

Bannon and his allies are trying to squeeze through a shrinking window of opportunity, moving quickly and decisively before the federal government’s bureaucracy can respond and before members of Congress or grass roots activists can coalesce to push back