July 18, 1992: The First Photo Uploaded to the Web, of CERN’s All-Girl Science Rock Band

Love and science set to song, from quarks to colliders. In 1990, shortly before a CERN physicist subverted gender and science stereotypes by adapting Alice in Wonderland as an allegory in quantum mechanics, a different type of delightful subversion was afoot at the famed European Organization for Nuclear Research, now home to the Large Hadron...

The Man Who Turned Paper into Pixels: How Mathematician and Black Jack Wizard Claude Shannon Ignited the Information Age

How the most important man you never heard of laid the groundwork for the digital world. The so-called Information Age we live in, like all major leaps in human achievement, isn’t a self-contained bubble that coalesced out of nothingness in a flash of genius but the cumulative product of incremental innovation stretching back centuries. It...

How One CEO Transformed His Business to Embrace Workshifting

Much of the conversation about workshifting traditionally focuses on the shifter — i.e., the individual worker who is creating her own transition, or whose employer or job situation allows for remote or flexible working. However, unless the company itself embraces and effectively manages workshifting, problems can result. This was clearly proven in 2013 when Yahoo...

How to Get Rich: Paul Graham on Money vs. Wealth

Debunking the pie fallacy, or why there’s more to success than giving people what they want. “The moral challenge and the grim problem we face,” Alan Watts argued in his superb 1970 essay on the difference between money and wealth, “is that the life of affluence and pleasure requires exact discipline and high imagination.” Hardly...

16 Clues That the Future of Work Is Already Here

Technology and globalization are affecting us more than we think they are, especially at work. How we work, when we work and even whom we work with are changing. Below are 16 clues that prove that the future of our work world has been changing steadily and ways you can be ready for what’s next...

Net Neutrality à la Bach: Susan Sontag on Being in the Middle versus Being at the Center

Why true neutrality is not an abstinence from taking sides of but an act of compassion. “The incarnate mind, the tongue, and the tale are in our world coeval,” J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in reflecting on how language shapes our capacity for fantasy. And because language is intricately entwined with everything from our cognitive function to...

WORKshifting: What’s Your Story?

I recently attended Toronto’s Mesh Conference, where I shared a meal with the co-author of Storyscaping, Darren “Daz” McColl. It got me thinking a lot about how the role of storytelling helps us transform behaviour. At the end of the day, I’m in the business of cultural and behavioural transformation. WORKshift improves employee engagement, optimizes...

The Birth of the Information Age: How Paul Otlet’s Vision for Cataloging and Connecting Humanity Shaped Our World

“Everyone from his armchair will be able to contemplate creation, in whole or in certain parts.” Decades before Alan Turing pioneered computer science and Vannevar Bush imagined the web, a visionary Belgian idealist named Paul Otlet (August 23, 1868–December 10, 1944) set out to organize the world’s information. For nearly half a century, he worked...

How to Create the Perfect Home Office Space

More and more people are choosing to work from home, with the trend growing 73 percent in the last six years. That can be attributed, in part, to the more relaxed attitude of bosses and, more heavily, to the growth of technology, making it much easier than it’s ever been. Whether working for a startup...

Art for Comics and Storyboards: What’s the Difference?

Aaron Sowd and Trevor Goring have a lot to say about the art of narrative storytelling. Aaron’s worked on movie storyboarding and concepting for Steven Soderbergh and Michael Bay, comics for Marvel and DC, art for Apple and Netflix, designs for theme parks and video games, and illustrations for the New York Times and People Magazine. Trevor’s...

Doodle In The Air With The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen

Sketching without paper. Yes, it is now possible with the emerging use of 3D printing technology. And a Kickstarter project is making it possible for us to doodle in the air using the world’s smallest 3D printing pen. Called LIX, the pen pushes creativity to the next level by enabling you to create anything big or...

How to Be Productive from Anywhere: A Work-on-the-Go Checklist

In a recent blog, I looked at the challenges of working on the move. So often, workshifting seems like the perfect solution. You can work around dropping the kids off at school, get to an event in a different city, save money on a long-term office space or just cut out the dreaded commute. It...

The Challenges of Workshifting

Working in an office from 9 to 5 (in the words of Dolly Parton) has been a regular and regimented tradition in working life for what seems like forever. Maybe the reason why it has been such a mainstay is the extra element of trust staff get by sitting together. Or maybe it’s that traditionally,...

Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society

“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being.” Isaac Asimov was an extraordinary mind and spirit — the author of more than 400 science and science fiction books and a tireless advocate of space exploration, he also took great joy in the humanities (and...

Happy Birthday, Standard Time: How the Railroads Gave Us Time Zones

How the quest to prevent train collisions forever changed the global clock. Our internal time, distorted as it is, may dictate a great deal of our lives, but it is external time — the scientific and cultural conventions of timekeeping — that anchors the rhythms of society. One of those most central timekeeping anchors was...

A Canadian Workshifting Case Study

Workshifting is often touted as a way to attract talented employees, but it can be so much more than that. It can actually help your employees provide better service to customers – even in unexpected ways. Take Alberta-based ATB Financial, for example, whom we talked to at the launch of WORKshift Canada in Halifax. In...

How and why companies should start #workshifting

You may have heard the facts about workshifting: 90% of flex workers are happier; flex workers are 55% more likely to go the extra mile for their employer; and 69% of flex employees would likely leave their jobs if they lost their flexible work schedule. And those are but just a few. So how can...