I think about work all the time.
That’s not as boring (or neurotic) as it sounds.
I think about how we can work less, why our relationships to work are changing, and what conditions we need to do remarkable work. I’m curious about how social, economic, and political systems impact how work informs our identities.
If we want a more inclusive, sustainable, and life-affirming approach to work, we must rethink work from the ground up.
We must practice work in a way that empowers us to:
Respond to uncertainty, surprise, and new situations with patience
Learn to solve problems and make sense of complexity with intention
Embrace ambiguity and flexibility without sacrificing our needs
Adapt to changing information with care and compassion
Courses For The Future of Work
For workers of all kinds—including freelancers, micro business owners, and creators
Approach work in a way that builds you up instead of breaking you down.
Rethink Work is an 8-week program for examining these outdated beliefs about work.
This course aims to reveal, brick by brick, how our beliefs about work and our identities as workers create the work reality we exist within so that we can tear those bricks down and build something better.
Each week, we’ll look at the social and structural roots of a particular belief about work. Then, we’ll unpack how that belief plays out in our day-to-day lives. And finally, we’ll look at practical and concrete ways to apply your updated thinking so you can make meaningful, lasting changes to the way you approach work.
By the end of our 8 weeks together, you’ll see your work in a whole new light.
For managers, coaches, trainers, and leaders of all kinds
Work In Practice is a 12-week training program in which we think deeply about work and how it shapes us.
With Work In Practice, you gain not only a new perspective on work, culture, and identity for yourself—but also a coaching toolkit to supercharge your work with clients or team members.
During the program, we’ll cover:
- The root causes of habits like overwork, overdelivering, and over-functioning (hint: they’re not personal failings)
- The tell-tale signs of harmful stories and assumptions in the way people talk about work (because career development and self-help guides are full of them!)
- The frameworks that can help clients or team members understand their relationship to work—and how to change it
- The systems—cultural, economic, and political—that shape how we identify as workers and what we expect of ourselves
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— Jenny Blake, podcaster & author of Free Time and Pivot
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