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The Future Of Work Is Rooted In Purpose

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It seems everyone is abuzz about the future of work. California Governor Gavin Newsom launched a Council for Postsecondary Education and this month, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced a new Office of the Future of Work. These efforts are—in one way or another—designed to help better prepare citizens for changes in the labor market and identify training opportunities for emerging careers. Each of these bodies will be studying the connections between postsecondary education and work to better position states to respond to changes created by technology, trade and demographic shifts.

In preparation for next month’s Close It Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I had the opportunity to talk with future of work strategist and Forbes contributor Heather McGowan, ranked by LinkedIn as its number one global voice for education. Tom Friedman dubbed her “the oasis” when it comes to insights into the future of work. Rather than fixate on the ways in which technology will impact the world of work, we talked about its impact on workers’ identities and sense of purpose. 

Alison Griffin: In your opinion, does the future of work have to do as much with the transformation of actual jobs as it does with how people identify with their work?

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