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New book from Richard Donkin outlines The Future of Work

Friday, 18 December, 2009

Richard Donkin, Financial Times columnist and Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass, has published a new book, The Future of Work.  The book aims to help us understand the forces that are shaping the future of employment and meet the new demands of new working practices to create a healthier society.
Having previously authored the book Blood Sweat and Tears, The Evolution of Work, Richard says it seemed logical he should write something about the future of work. He says: Indeed the perspectives of change gained through the first book were useful in analysing the themes that are transforming the way we work today.
I am convinced now that as a society we are undergoing a watershed in the way we live and work as significant and as life changing as the new work that emerged during the Industrial Revolution.
My new book investigates what I believe to be the most important influences behind the changes in work that we are experiencing today and that will be strengthening forces in future.
Additionally it outlines policy considerations for governments. Unless governments act on these themes they are likely to be storing up unnecessary economic hardship for their populations.
Don’t just take Richard’s word for it though.  Robert Peston, BBC Business Editor, offers the following review: Few journalists in the world are as insightful or as knowledgeable as Richard Donkin on a question that matters to us all, how the world of work is changing for us, and for our children.
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