This Cornell-led study in the Dec. 16 issue of Nature Communications clearly documents that virtual conferences are good for the planet. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have learned to have online meetings, working online, collaborating online, and attending online conferences. And it has a positive impact on the climate, as the study documents.

The future will be hybrid. This means that we’ll see in job ads will see an increase in searching for skills such as ‘Virtual Presence’ and ‘Working Remotely’. In fact, 62% of the asked respondents in a new report say they believe an increase in demand for ‘Virtual Presence’ over the next five years.

Here is a new – and price winning – example of how technology can create possibilities: “Tokyo-based DAWN, or Diverse Avatar Working Network, is a cafe staffed by robots operated remotely by people with severe physical disabilities like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.”

I have been watching this bunch of signals for 10 years: Software is slowly entering the realm of leadership and especially in two areas: helping us see blind spots in our communication and collaboration and supporting us in decision making.

Coursera has released a “Global Skills Report”, highlighting the requests for courses and upskilling in various domains and in various parts of the world.

Google has tons of data, gathered over many years of research on collaboration, leadership, and productivity. Their Re:Work website has surfaced and shared many nuggets. In 2017, Project Oxygen has identified six qualities of the modern leader.

Okay, maybe it’s a provocative title but the meaning is correct: The future workplaces are for connecting, not for sitting and working.

Our friend Timm Urshinger gave an interview to United Networker about his view on business agility trends. Read all about them here.

Are you a “digital worker” or are you “working digitally”? The difference is a mindset and an approach to hybrid work. Copenhagen Business School is researching the digital future for us all, and the term Technostress describes the negative implications of the digital world.

Viisi Hypotheken just won Nr. 1 Best Workplace in Europe 2021 in the category for small companies. The company was founded in 2010 and has in it’s development adopted Holacracy and even moved beyond.