Part of a series from Jeremy Scrivens – Director at the Emotional Economy at Work. He is a ‘Work Futurist & Collaboration & Innovation Catalyst’ and we love talking to him and working with him! In this blog, Jeremy discusses the emergence of ‘second stream’ technologies that support the more human aspects of people in the world of work.
We are living in a time when there are fundamental shifts in the way work is being done. Two themes are emerging and are in tension.
Firstly, work being done now will be taken over by automation and robots as society searches for new ways to achieve efficiency, speed and quality at scale. We might call this the first stream which is about the head, not the heart. This way is supported by the big technology providers, concerned with efficiency and with automation. In this stream, people are seen as cogs in a manager’s machine.
But there is a second stream emerging now. This is about the human need for deep connections between people as they engage in open conversations and collaboration for social good as authentic individuals – #Me and Groups #MeWe. This is enabled by a different technology platform and associated apps.
The second stream technologies will enable people who believe in a common cause or purpose to find each other and connect.