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Graeme Codrington's Future of Work

The future is arriving faster than ever. Graeme Codrington highlights key issues we need to consider to prepare for tomorrow's workplace today, including audio feed of his weekly ThrowForward Thursday series.


Throwforward Thursday 87: Develop Your Strategic Imagination
Every week for the last year and a half our team has produced a short video that highlights a future trend or disruptive force that could change the world. The invitation to you and your team is to watch this video and imagine how it might impact your industry, your market and bring threats and opportunities to your products and services. Sometimes that's easy and obvious to do. But most often it isn't. Our brains are just not programmed for Strategic Imagination. And so, from February we are going to change the format of these Throwforward Thursday videos. One week we will share a future trend as we normally do; the next week, we will unpack the implications of that trend and show you how you can apply it to your organisation or function. We believe that the ability to do this is an absolutely essential skill for every member of your team to develop. This is not just for senior leaders or people who develop the strategy - it's a skill for everyone. We hope that you'll take time to watch our videos each week, and discuss them with your team - not just for some ideas of what the world of the future will look like, but also to intentionally develop your strategic imaginations, and unlock your team's foresight and future-awareness. You won't regret it, and it will take less than 10 minutes a week to do. Here's a quick video explaining the idea, and hopefully getting you excited for this new approach we will be taking from next month. By the way, as always, if you'd like to send us a message, or have a suggestion or request for a specific topic or trend, please use to leave a voice, video or text note for our team.
06:14 1/20/23
Throwforward Thursday 86: Smart Bandages and Preventative Healthcare - examples of smart tech about to change our whole world
Apologies for the delay in posting this video meant for 12 Jan 2023. I've actually been in hospital myself, and my team was on holiday until today. This was pre-recorded, but the content strangely appropriate as we consider how to proactively and preventatively take care of ourselves. We don't have to jump too far into the future to imagine a healthcare system that integrates smart technology with AI and machine learning to produce health care apparatus, some as simple as plasters and bandages, that are able to provide significant upgrades to the care we are currently able to receive while injured. But the point of this video is less about impressing you with visions of medical futures, and more about reminding you that seemingly small and technologically easy advances in almost every industry are going to make very big differences to our lives in the next few years. The rest of the 2020s is going to be a mind blowing blur of these small, but world-changing, advances. What can you imagine for your industry, and which of those ideas could you start to experiment with in 2023?
03:33 1/16/23
Throwforward Thursday 85: Giving Lonely People The Choice to Chat
In 2021, a Dutch supermarket chain, Jumbo, created a special checkout line - it was designed to be slower and give people the opportunity to chat to each other and the cashier. It has received rave reviews, and Jumbo is now rolling it out to all their stores. Part of the reason for this is that many people are lonely. So much so that the UK government a few years ago created a "Minister for Loneliness". Japan has something similar. More people live alone than ever before - although being alone and being lonely are two different things, of course. It's possible to be lonely in a crowd. Which is why society and companies need to think of ways to engage with people who feel lonely and need some connection. Companies should provide options: (1) automate my engagement with you - I don't want to connect; (2) give me a minimal human touch, or (3) I choose to chat. How would this apply to your industry? Would it be something your customers would pay a premium for? Or could it just be a wonderful societal contribution you could make?
02:56 1/5/23
Throwforward Thursday 84: Food in the future
As we spend this last week of December battling to remember what day of the week it is, and finally finishing off the leftovers from our Christmas meal, here's a quick thought about food in the future. We will definitely be able to get more and more nutrients from pills, smart medicine and artificial sources. Part of the drive to do this is to reduce our impact on the planet by way of factory farming. But, at the same time, food is not merely about nutrition - it's also an experience and a time of potential human interaction. That will never go away, but maybe in the future we will be more intentional about which version of meals we choose: some will be for nutrition only, and some will be for enjoyment and socialisation. Whichever versions you still have left in 2022, the team at ThrowForward Thursday wishes you all the very best for the new year. We will see you next week in 2023.
02:05 12/30/22
Throwforward Thursday 83: Smart glasses for driving and biometric feedback
We know that smart glasses, which include VR, AR and XR functionality and heads up displays are coming. But what if those glasses could also look back at us, and especially assess our physical and emotional state using biometric feedback from our eyes? 
02:51 12/22/22
Throwforward Thursday 82: Energy (tomorrow and today)
We've talked about alternative and green energy solutions before on Throwforward Thursday (episode 6 - and episode 24 - Today, we look not at the future but at something that happened last week as we got proof that nuclear fusion is possible. We knew it theoretically, and have had small successes in tokamak reactors around the world, but last week was absolute proof that we are on the right track. Here are some links to the announcements: * * In 2023 the world is facing an energy crunch. But by the end of this decade we are likely to have significant long-term, cheap and clean energy available all around the world. The future is coming faster than we imagined, and solving big problems in ways we couldn't have imagined.
03:33 12/15/22
Throwforward Thursday 81: Overnight 3D Print Shops
Apologies for the late posting of this episode of our weekly series into future trends. Today we imagine that we might have dedicated 3D print shops, or maybe 3D printers in local building supplies stores, that will be able to print out any 3D design for you overnight. A few decades from now we will probably all have multipurpose 3D printers in our homes, but between now and then, we will be able to go to local 3D print shops to do a quick print out of anything we need. Email them the design file, drop by later today to collect it. Simple. The link to Episode 8 on 3D printing is:
04:33 12/12/22
ThrowForward Thursday 80: The End of Prisons
This week we imagine a future where restorative justice and rehabilitation takes precedence over retribution and the prison-industrial complex. It's a dream, that doesn't imagine no criminals (we wish), but rather a different way of dealing with them. Here are some additional resources to go with this week's "news bulletin from the future". John Oliver on Prison : Prison Labor: Principles of Restorative Justice: - - Portugal's drug policies: - - -
05:48 12/4/22
Throwforward Thursday 79: Smart Homes for Seniors
Sometime very soon, we need to change our view of what "old age" looks like, and especially change what type of facilities we think older people will be happy living in. The simple version is that we need tech-enabled smart homes for seniors. 
05:05 11/24/22
Throwforward Thursday 78: Grandparents of the Future
Imagine a future where grandparents are younger (or at least appear younger because they're healthier and living longer), where they get grandparent leave from their companies, and where we combine child and senior care in the same facilities. This is a wonderful vision of a future where society is more integrated and generative. That's this week's Throwforward Thursday vision of Grandparents of the Future. Extra reading about combined child and senior care: * * *
05:24 11/17/22
Throwforward Thursday 77: DNA Data Storage
Throwforward Thursday 77: DNA Data Storage Every day, humans produce 2.4 quintillion bytes of data, and this doubles every two years or so at the moment. Most of this is now stored in "the cloud", which might be invisible to us, but is actually in massive data warehouses all around the world. If this continues at this pace until 2060, every single part of the planet will need to be covered by data warehouses. Of course, we will find ways to store data more efficiently, and to reduce the size of hard drive space. But... add to all of this the energy and water used, and we have a massive problem in the making. One possible solution is to store data in DNA (no... not inside your body, but in DNA stored in controlled conditions). All of the world's data could be stored in a location the size of a small motor car, using almost no energy, giving off almost no heat, and lasting for 50,000 years before decaying. It sounds like an incredible solution. And it is coming soon. Further Reading: * Data Centers Are Unsustainable. We Need to Store Data in DNA. * DNA storage:
04:47 11/12/22
Throwforward Thursday 76: Communicating with Animals (and anyone in any language)
Imagine using the technologies we are currently developing to help us with voice recognition and real-time translation to be able to understand what animals are saying, and even talking to them in their own languages? This is a very real possibility by the 2040s. What a world that would be. This week's Throwforward Thursday might sound fantastical, but it's really an invitation for you to imagine what the world will be like when language is no barrier to communication.    
04:12 11/6/22
Throwforward Thursday 75: The future of live sport on TV
The BEST way to watch the World Cup About the only reason to pay for a premium TV subscription these days is live sport. If you're fan, you'll know the value of live sporting events. But come with me to the future - hopefully not too many years away - when live sports include a variety of immersive technologies that help us passionate supporters to get even closer to the action, experience being "in" the action, and being able to choose our own point of view during the game. The future of live sports broadcasting must surely be immersive and experiential. Wouldn't that be a brilliant way to watch the World Cup?
03:45 10/27/22
ThrowForward Thursday 74: Where to look to see the future
In last week's episode ( I shared our TIDES Model of Disruptive Change as a tool you can use to know WHAT to look for when you're looking at future trends. This week, we talk about WHERE you can look for evidence, examples and glimpses of the future. It's all about "switching on your radar", gathering resources and building a network that help you to spot trends before other people do - and before they arrive on your doorstep fully formed. These are simple techniques, but can easily become part of your weekly routine, and will help you improve your strategic imagination. The additional video series that I mention in this episode is available for free at:
11:45 10/13/22
ThrowForward Thursday 73: Where we get our ideas (The TIDES Model of Disruptive Change)
Slightly late this week, this is a special edition of ThrowForward Thursday, answering a question sent to us: "Where do you get all your ideas?" This episode I talk about our team's TIDES model of disruptive change, that helps us decide what to look for. These are the five most disruptive forces we believe are shaping the world, and we are constantly on the lookout for examples of change in these areas. Next week, we will take a look at WHERE we look, to help you and your team get better at scanning the horizon for yourselves. This is a longer episode of TFT than normal, but I hope you find it useful and insightful, as you develop your ability to think like a futurist.
15:29 10/10/22
Throwforward Thursday 72: The end of frogs
Our story starts 20 years, as a fungal infection wiped out the world's frogs. It continues today as we see a resurgence in malaria and other tropical diseases because the frogs are not eating insects. And we realise that this is an all-too-familiar story of how our actions are damaging fragile ecosystems. We therefore look to the future, hopeful that we can find a way to stop the harm, reverse the damage and restore the environment. The end of frogs? Let's hope not. READ MORE ABOUT THIS: * *  *  * 
03:19 9/29/22
Throwforward Thursday 71: The End of Water (and three possible solutions)
VIDEO: Throwforward Thursday 71: The End of Water (and three possible solutions)   We all know that the world has a huge problem with water. We don't have enough of it in the places we need it. There are at least three solutions that could change this, and could be available by the middle of this century: we could make water, seed clouds and scale up desalination programs. But each of these solutions has massive problems that need to be solved before they're usable.   However we do it, we will have to ensure we do not reach the end of water. That would be the end of life.
05:22 9/23/22
Throwforward Thursday 70: The end of emails
I don't know how far into the future we need to go before we find the end of emails, but in my opinion it can't come soon enough. Emails need to go the same way as faxes, telegrams and telexes. It won't happen with one single replacement solution, but rather with multiple different apps and options that replace the overwhelming inboxes we deal with today. Why don't you start now to do what you can to reduce emails for your team, your clients and your business?
04:38 9/15/22
Throwforward Thursday 69: The end of sex
More people - especially young people - around the world are choosing not to get married, not to have long-term relationships, not to have children, and to have less sex. No, it's not the time of free "drug, sex and rock 'n' roll" anymore. We are not predicting the actual "end of sex", but possibly a significant shift in sex "as we know it" today, with many opportunities emerging for sex toys, sex aids, sexual health and sexual fulfilment industries. There's nothing rude or crude in this video, but it might still cause one or two blushes to consider how sex might change in the future. If you're interested in even more insights, a research report from our team at TomorrowToday called The Future of Sex is available at
06:35 9/8/22
Easy Future Conversation 8: How we can improve investing in the future
This is the final part of my conversation with Easy Equities' Carel Nolte, and we finish our series with a chat about what we can do to improve investing in the next few years. Carel really knows his stuff, and the insights generated from over a million users at Easy Equities means they're probably got the most up to date insights to share. As always, we also talk about wine, and you'll hear my disappointment in not being able to introduce Carel to a stunning new wine - only because he already knows it, and agrees it is stunning. We both agree that this is a perfect way to end our series: to discover that something we thought was not yet experienced is actually already available. The future is here already. OK... maybe we stretched the wine and investing analogy just a bit, but I hope you appreciate the insights and enjoy the conversation.
12:03 9/5/22
Throwforward Thursday 68: The end of sand
We use sand for pretty much everything we can see around us - including the glass in the screen you're watching this on. And we are running out of sand. This is a bigger issue than you probably realise, and about as important as running out of water will be for our way of life. More reading and resources: * * * WATCH: *
04:19 9/1/22
Bonus: Easy Future Conversations 7: What can go wrong
We are all caught up now... Carel Nolte of Easy Equities and myself, Graeme Codrington, continue our conversations about the future of investing - and wine - by talking about what can go wrong. We touch on the problems of unrealistic returns, overblown promises, day trading, lack of research (and what "research means" to the average investor), and staying the course as an investor. We discuss whether we agree with Warren Buffett's investment advice about making sure you don't pick losers rather than trying to pick winners, and what to do when we really want to panic about the markets and losing money. In the end, it comes down to having a plan, being consistent and believing in yourself. And knowing when to call it quits - like we had to do with our corked wine.
06:31 8/29/22
Bonus: Easy Future Conversations 6: Offshore investing
Carel Nolte and I continue our conversations about the future of investing, with some interesting ways to diversify your portfolio by investing "offshore". It's not always what you think (for example, most of the Top Ten stocks on the Johannesburg Stock exchange make almost all their income "off shore"). We then sample a corn wine from the Netherlands, and hastily retreat... because we still had two more videos to record, and that corn wine would have finished us. This is video 6 of 8 - next week we will look at what can go wrong when investing, and will finish the week after that with what could go right in the future of investing. If you're based in South Africa, and want to check out Easy Equities, you don't have to change your current broker or any of your current products, but you might find it to be the best online platform you can use for investing in SA and off shore. Check it out via: (I get some referral credits if you do... thanks).
07:00 8/29/22
Bonus: Easy Future Conversations 5: The wine you like, the apps you use and where we get our ideas
Apologies for the delay in releasing these Easy Future Conversations to the podcast. Here are a few bonus episodes to catch up with the YouTube feed.  We are half way through the conversations I had with my friend, Carel Nolte, about the future of investing, what he's learnt from his work at Easy Equities, and our love of wine. Carel hijacked this segment by forcing me to try a Rose wine (he believed he had found one that I would like). So we start with the wine, but then Carel expertly leads the conversation into a discussion about the future of investing, how we decide what approach we should take with investing, and provides some insights into what his team at Easy Equities have found from the analysis of over one million trading accounts (including how they design their platform and constantly improve the user experience). And, yes, we did have fun with this one...
07:00 8/29/22
Throwforward Thursday 67: The end of Hotel Room Service (and a few things your company offers...)
Now that we can get food delivered to us from any restaurant to anywhere, we don't have to rely on the room service offered to us by the hotel we're staying in. OK... this isn't really a "future prediction" as it is a potential reality already. This week's "lesson from the future" is less about hotels, food delivery and room service, and more about the potential of unexpected competition in your own industry. But, if you do find yourself in a hotel and don't like the room service options, don't forget you have choices these days.
04:21 8/25/22
Throwforward Thursday 66: The end of Antibiotics
Antibiotics changed our world 100 years ago, probably adding about 20 years to average lifespans as we dealt with infections and disease. But bacteria are continuing to adapt and are fast outpacing our antibiotics. It is very likely that by 2050 our current antibiotics will be useless, and that could dramatically change how we manage healthcare. We need to use fewer antibiotics, in ourselves and in our food supply; and we need to look for alternatives to antibiotic use to combat bacterial infections. 
04:05 8/18/22
Throwforward Thursday 65: The end of rush hour traffic
Why do we still have rush hour traffic - with EVERYONE trying to get to work and school at the SAME TIME every working day? It's 2022 and we know about flexible working, and public transport and even the potential for AI-managed traffic systems (via traffic apps or driverless cars). This is not so much a prediction as a hope and plea that we rid the world of the curse of rush hour traffic as soon as possible. 
04:58 8/11/22
Throwforward Thursday 64: The end of retirement (as we know it)
One of the dumbest things we do in business is force people to retire, simply because they hit a specific date in the calendar, even though they might be excellent contributors and still want to continue working. As individuals, most of us already know we can't afford to retire in our sixties (especially if we are going to live much longer than previous generations). And many of us would rather save to give ourselves flexibility and dignity, rather than merely to be able to afford to stop working.  The concept of retirement needs to change, for individuals and organisations. 
05:44 8/5/22
Easy Future Conversations 4: New options for investments (and getting kids investing)
The fourth (of eight) conversations with Carel Nolte about the future of investing where we talk about alternative investment options, asset classes for the future, and how we can get children interested in investing.  As always, we also talk about wine, and this time chat about an interesting blend made by an interesting wine maker, Erika Obermeyer. If you're not a fan of the wine conversation, skip a few minutes to the end to hear Carel talk about getting future generations involved in future investing.  If you're based in South Africa, check out Easy Equities as a platform - use (no obligations, but full disclosure: I earn just over $2 if you activate an account after you've had a look. If enough of you do that, I can afford another bottle of Erika's wine). 
11:02 8/1/22
Throwforward Thursday 63: The end of... meat from animals
Imagine a world in which we don't eat meat from animals. No, not a world with no meat, but a rather a world where our meat is grown in labs, rather than on animals. And no, not fake or artificial meat (from soya or plants), but rather meat grown from animal stem cells, indistinguishable from "real meat". In fact, it IS real meat.  If we can do this, and ensure that it is healthy, economically viable, sustainable and ethical, the question is: would people eat it. I think they will. And I think it's coming sooner than you think.  Welcome to Throwforward Thursday. Welcome to tomorrow's world, today.
03:54 7/28/22