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Stowe Boyd
Jul 23, 2019 · 8 min read
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Beacon NY — 2019–07–23 — I am moving into a new normal with regard to Work Futures Daily. Responding to some sensible comments from readers, who have pointed out the benefits of full contents in email — offline reading, not having to click to a link and transiting to Medium, and several who pointed out that ‘Medium sucks’ — I am simply surrendering. Uncle.

I will be posting the full Daily on Substack to the full readership. It will also be available on Medium, behind the paywall.

This ends the distinction between paid and free subscriptions, so paid subscriptions are from this point forward simply a way to support the work of Work Futures (and get access to other sponsor benefits, as to be determined).

To those happy few who are sponsoring: thank you.

For the rest: happy reading, and please consider actively supporting our work. At the very least, share what you like with others. Or buy me a latte.


One of the strange negatives of writing a newsletterish thing like Work Futures Daily is that I get contacted by editors who’d like me to write for them; however, an increasing proportion state, baldly, ‘we can’t afford to pay contributors to write for us’. And then they try to justify this by telling me — and presumably others — that I should be happy to write ‘for the exposure’ since they have umpty-ump readers.

So, dear editors out there — and you know who you are — I appreciate your respect for my work, but your ethics are out of whack.


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Health Facts Aren’t Enough. Should Persuasion Become a Priority? | Aaron Carroll explores a fascinating topic. Those who have the least understanding of a complex issue often believe they are the most knowledgeable:

He continues:

Here’s how this plays out in business: people with minimal exposure to cognitive science, behavioral economics, social psychology, and organizational dynamics are often those most likely to reject ideas related to organizational evolution and at the same time are convinced of their superior knowledge about the factors involved.


Jobs: Is 4-day work week the next big thing? | Paul Davidson reports on new statistics about the spread of the 4-day work week:


Has Sexual Harassment at Work Decreased Since #MeToo? | Stefanie K. Johnson, Ksenia Keplinger, Jessica F. Kirk, and Liza Barnes surveyed 250 working women in the U.S. in 2016, and again with 268 women in September 2018 about sexual harassment at work:

Good news.


Working remotely is now the norm for developers, new study shows | A study by Digital Ocean shows that 86% of IT developers work remotely, and almost one third are full-time at home workers.

Quote of the Day

| Simone Weil, Draft for a Statement of Human Obligation


40 Years Later, Lessons From the Rise and Quick Decline of the First ‘Killer App’ | Christopher Mims looks back on the rise of spreadsheets — Visicalc, Lotus 1–2–3, and Excel — as a foreshadowing of disruption and consolidation of digital markets.

PS I turned down a job offer at Software Arts, the maker of Visicalc, in 1983.


Cutting 300 Calories a Day Shows Health Benefits | Anahad O’Connor reports on a new study on calorie restriction leading to positive impacts on health for non-obese subjects:

In my personal case, I adopted calorie restriction (as well as restricting the great majority of my eating between 11am and 8pm) starting in January 2018. I have lost 45 pounds so far, and plan to lose at least 20–30 pounds more over the next few years. Like the test subjects, I am eating ‘what I want’ but cutting back significantly on overall consumption, especially snacking. On average, I’ve lost 2.5 pounds a month. And I believe this is sustainable because I don’t feel like I am on a diet.


To Help Smokers Quit, Pay Them | Whether the incentive was under $100 or over $700, paying people to quit seemed to be effective.


Growing Up: How To Let Go To Increase Innovation | Stowe Boyd | Digitally mature companies are twice as likely to cultivate partnerships

This was selected by Medium’s editors for the Business topic, yesterday.

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Exploring critical themes of the ecology of work, and the anthropology of the future

Stowe Boyd

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Founder, Work Futures. Editor, GigaOm. My obsession is the ecology of work, and the anthropology of the future.

Work Futures

Exploring critical themes of the ecology of work, and the anthropology of the future

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