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to be better at work, be better at life


life works labs

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to be better at work, be better at life


life works labs

 
The secret to change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new
— Socrates

Life Works Labs is a living laboratory dedicated to improving engagement and restoring meaning in our work. We curate teams of multidisciplinary leaders in a unique 'learn to earn' experience that upgrades wellness, sharpens entrepreneurial instincts, raises awareness and collaborative abilities, and promotes meaningful human connection every work day.

As we pass through this latest industrial revolution, artificial intelligence will have a profound impact on what qualifies as human work. There is an emerging consensus that soon we will only have jobs that machines cannot do better. This has already impacted job from drivers to bankers, and the wave of automation is picking up strength.  Statistics that sounded just like science fiction to many of us are playing out before our eyes, and this is just the beginning.  

We’ve now reached a tipping point where the exponential technological changes we’ll live through over the next 20 years will eclipse progress made over the past 300 years. We can feel the penetrating influence of this at every level of modern society and it seems harder than ever to figure out where things are likely to go. Amidst this tsunami of change, company leaders are in the important position to influence how the future plays out, both for themselves and for the organisations they shape.  

As it stands, 90% of people are disengaged with their jobs and work has become the leading source of unhappiness the world over. As the new quickly economy evolves in the space between our physical limitations and increasingly virtual capacities, we need to dig deeper into our higher human intelligence and explore the yet unknown technologies of our minds, bodies, and human spirit that connect us more than polarise us. We must unlearn the mechanistic thoughts and behaviours that have created our misery.  

To build a future where our humanity can flourish, we must prove that we are not simply rational actors in blind pursuit of measurable economic value. We are unique creative beings - and it is time for our work life to reflect and nurture that. 

 

 
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Find Your Tribe


As business models shift from profit to purpose, from hierarchy to networks, from privacy to transparency, and from planning to experimentation, we need to reignite the power of our tribes - the time tested way we evolved over millions of years - and constantly nurture them.

Find Your Tribe


As business models shift from profit to purpose, from hierarchy to networks, from privacy to transparency, and from planning to experimentation, we need to reignite the power of our tribes - the time tested way we evolved over millions of years - and constantly nurture them.

Tribes: The Ultimate Human Algorithms

As a species, we survived and thrived primarily through our ability to work well together in naturally forming groups. Our ancestors passed their lives in tribes that grew to a natural maximum scale. Tribes  withered or regenerated themselves according to the synergy of the group and the conditions of the environment they inhabited. After countless generations of such evolution, we are the first people on earth to have completely lost touch with our tribal instincts.  We have nearly phased out our evolutionary talents and heritage and focused ourselves instead on the reliable pursuit of money and numbers as a means to happiness and the good life. This has all been based on the educated guess that only things that can be measured have value, and that we are all simply rational actors constantly in pursuit of it. This has created a mess where bigger is better and growth is targeted for the sake of growth. Work has mostly lost its connection to anything meaningful, and consequently become the single largest source of chronic unhappiness in the world.

This has helped shape a stressful and fear based lifestyle where many of us live without ever really knowing our neighbours, our families, or ourselves. Our deeper longing to be connected is quickly inflating our digital egos and we all desperately hope that we will feel something meaningful in our virtual reality and social media.  But we are actually creating our own echo chambers and filtration bubbles that leave us seeing and hearing only the things that we want. Our perception of physical reality has been impacted, and we are alienated from the increased extremism, nationalism, and polarization that is manifesting all around us. To get over this, we need to reengage with real community, and rediscover the diversity and collective intelligence of our tribes.

 

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Create Meaning


open your heart, polish your instincts, design a better life 

Create Meaning


open your heart, polish your instincts, design a better life 

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House of Beautiful Business


House of Beautiful Business


We co-developed the first The House of Beautiful Business—a special pop-up community devoted to harnessing and strengthening human technology at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. This is now evolving into a collaboration platform for those who live to create beautiful things explore this key question: As machines do our jobs more efficiently, how can we do our work more beautifully?

This initiative brought together business and nonprofit leaders, designers and technologists, founders and investors, philosophers and scientists, jesters and musicians. We aim to make business even more beautiful: by building human-centered organizations and workplace cultures; by leading with purpose and passion in a time of anger and populism; and by creating beautiful products, services, and experiences.

Stay in touch to find out what is next at the House of Beautiful Business. 

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OUR TRIBE


OUR TRIBE