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human works design - building meaningful futures

October 13 · Issue #1 · View online
'human works design' empowers the game-changers of tomorrow to build meaningful futures. This newsletter is for leaders and change-makers, who want to elevate humanity by living consciously, designing conscious business that have a purpose with profit, and contributing to better systems for the diverse communities in our society, for future generations and for our planet.

I moved my newsletter to Revue after a long summer break due to a personal loss. Basically nothing changes from the shift 2020 Brain Food newsletter, except I brand this one in my personal name. In this issue, you’ll find links and opinion on the future of business, society and work, news on my own activities, and a series of interesting reads from the last week, including topics such as IoT, smart cities, AI/machine learning, automation, affective computing, genetics and regenerative medicine, decentralised web, neuroscience, graphene super silk, the next digital economy, blockchain, education and politics.
While bots and AI are on their way soon to be reading our emotions, VR startups are creating a virtual office world where desks or physical tools will no longer be needed to do the job, office buildings getting equipped with sensors for employers to improve employees’ productivity, we’re witnessing every day the collapse of secure pillars of our society.
As corporations are influencing politics on a large scale, business leaders of tomorrow will have to take more responsibility for society. They will have to reflect strong human values for customers and citizens to identify with, to avoid them to stop buying their products. Strong leaders will have to come up with a vision and a plan how to integrate lifelong learning, for example, as an enjoyable experience, for people affected by technological unemployment. 
How are we contributing to a healthy society is the real question every responsible leader has to ask himself. Leaders who understand this are the winners of tomorrow. Are you one of them?
“People worry too much about the technology being bad when faced with disruptive innovation, when they should be worrying about how can we use the technology to create shared prosperity. If we do this right, this should be the best news that ever happened to humanity. We’re talking about a world with less work and more wealth. The key to facing these changes is reinventing education to focus on skills like creativity, interpersonal collaboration and innovative problem solving” - Erik Brynjolfsson.

IoT Stars Networking event @ IoT Solutions Congress
IoT Stars is back with a must-attend networking event on Monday, October 24 at the IoT Solutions Congress in Barcelona.
We are gathering some top global influencers for some inspiring talks, insightful panel discussions and start-up pitches offering you a glimpse into the future of the Internet of Things, its current trends, opportunities and challenges.
Join us for a quality networking opportunity in the emblematic Fàbrica Moritz with some 250 IoT innovators, leading entrepreneurs, start ups, investors and Corporations working in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
Currently confirmed stage presence include:
  • Rob Tiffany, CTO, Lumada IoT, Hitachi Insight Group
  • Ignasi Vilajosana, CEO, Worldsensing 
  • Oisin Lunny, Market Development, OpenMarket 
  • John Romero, Philips Healthcare hero 
  • Parma Duvuri, Head of Business Development at Electric Imp 
  • Tom Raftery, Global Internet of Things Evangelist, SAP
More speakers to be announced soon.
Go to for more info and tickets. Early Bird tickets are already SOLD OUT but I’m offering 10 FREE tickets for my newsletter readers: use code SHIFT2020 to redeem your ticket (first come first serve).
Socratic Design is coming to London November 25!
Raphael's School of Athens
Socratic Design Workshop and Salon for Business London
The Public Sphere and shift 2020 are bringing the first Socratic Design workshop and salon for business to London. Join us for this unique learning experience conducted by Humberto Schwab and Justine Kolata.
Learn to use the Socratic Design Method in your personal life, your startup, company or organization. Gain insights into the world we are rapidly moving towards, and learn how to transform and adapt your business to prepare for the perpetual technological changes ahead. Test your newfound skills in salon conversation. All details and ticket info in the link below.
Socratic Design Workshop and Salon for Business London, Fri, 25 Nov 2016 at 08:30 at IET London: The Savoy
Post Socratic Design Workshop Salon and Dinner
After the full day Socratic Design workshop there will be a dinner and salon discussion on the same topic “Building Meaning Futures.” This will be a time to socialise with other participants over an enjoyable meal, engage in stimulating conversation on important aspects of the topic, hone the collective knowledge generated and test essential skills learned in the Socratic Design workshop.
Read Justine Kolata’s essay below on the Renaissance of Salon Culture. 
New culture of debates - The European
Opinion pieces on Smart Cities World
Some of my opinion pieces I wrote recently for Smart Cities World.
The Internet of meaningful things
The connected experience economy
New materials for smart (er) energy
“Hello Sadiq, what’s the plan?”
My stuff
Links to slides and videos of some of my recent presentations
The Internet of Meaningful Things
Future of Technology Keynote at Samsung Note 7 launch, Dublin
Future of Work & Leadership in the Era of Exponential Change, Google for Work, Mexico
The IoT Show with Sudha Jamthe - Combinatorial of IoT innovations
Random interesting reads
Some of the most interesting reads from last week
Barack Obama on Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Cars, and the Future of Humanity
Millennials need to ditch their parents' outdated career ladders and embrace job-hopping
A decentralized web would give power back to the people online
How the education gap is tearing politics apart
8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them
As Silicon Valley fights for talent, universities struggle to hold on to their stars
Data-Driven City Management
15 Leading Affective Computing Companies You Should Know
Would you let your boss monitor your brain to improve your productivity?
16 Great IoT Articles Published in 2016
Automation Will Make Us Rethink What a “Job” Really Is
How AI will change the world
Amazon's full on-demand streaming music service launches
Graphene 'super silk' could be the future of wearables
Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells
The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats
Fuck You Startup World
The next digital economy: Why refusing to grow is better business
Don Tapscott: How the blockchain is changing money and business
Welcome to the Dark Net, a wilderness where invisible world wars are fought and hackers roam free
On a closing note, dear reader, let’s not forget:
“Great then is the good fortune of a state in which the citizens have a moderate and sufficient property; for where some possess much, and the others nothing… tyranny may grow out of either extreme. Where the middle class is large, there are least likely to be fractions and dissensions.” - Aristotle in Politics (+2,300 years ago).
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