The new rules for work

June 15, 2021
Decoding AQ with Ross Thornley Feat. Gary A. Bolles

Show notes

Gary Bolles is Chair for the Future of Work at Singularity University; Co-founder of; Partner, Charrette; Speaker & Writer. He leads Singularity University's activities related to the shift to a digital work economy, helping individuals, organizations, and government agencies to navigate disruptive change. Frequent lecturer on the future of work and the future of learning.

Ross and Gary discuss leaving no humans behind, going through your own process as individuals, thriving, know your own skills, improving organisations, solving problems and  community. The pair also discuss, reinventing work, career counselling methods, understanding what's unique in people, support, mindset, framing, skillsets, problem solving and learning a process.


  • 01:03 The single most important issue we need to focus on in the future of work
  • 02:42 What's next after ensuring and identifying every human has access to work
  • 05:13 Gary's definition of work and will this change
  • 08:29 Gary's childhood, what shaped his career and his father
  • 13:24 Processes which have helped people go through moments of reimagination
  • 17:43 Being in the right environment
  • 21:07 Continual learning and growth mindset
  • 26:50 Preparing for unexpected problems
  • 30:23 creating an environment where trial and error allows positive breakthroughs
  • 34:14 How might technology serve us in a future world to not leave anyone behind
  • 39:54 What can we do straight away in the next 24 hours to help with us not being left behind
  • 43:42 What piece of advice would Gary tell his 19 year old self

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