The future of independent thinking

Meg Peppin, Managing Director, MPP Limited, puts independent thinking into the future of work arena

Blogging, conference, talking;  discussions seem to be clustering around a few themes at the moment. The future of HR, the purpose of learning and development. Our future when the algorithms take over (assuming you aren’t already reading this because an algorithm worked out you might be interested in it) and the promulgation of a range of favourite theories; agile, lean, 70/20/10.

I read a blog by Perry Timms on the future of work that got me thinking; good. I like thinking. I rather like to imagine Perry’s head sticking out of the clouds of our future having a good nose around; he’s wired to look for opportunities and possibilities and who knows; by sharing his thinking and allowing his imagination to envisage possibilities, some of those may well be brought into reality. I always hope for a TARDIS myself. Seriously. It was a bit mind-boggling to go into the future; I’m rooted in the here and now — hoping there’s a future for us all. Sometimes I doubt it, sometimes I’m scared. Mostly I trust the process that what will be will be and do my best to be a good and kind person that leaves behind me a trail that will give another person another easy walk.

Something interesting is developing in relation to the future of work and humanity sponsored by the CIPD and facilitated by Jericho Chambers.  Margaret Heffernan inspired me in March when she was talking to us about the early education system and what we build, and how we can create the conditions for people to think without fear. I’m exploring the world of independent thinking in my own learning progression at the moment so it seemed sensible that I offered an input to the future of work and put independent thinking into the mix.

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