So often when we talk about the future, we focus on work. Understandably so. It’s how most people spend 40 hours of their week — longer if you count commuting and out-of-hours emails — so it’s an area deserving of our scrutiny.
But if lockdown has taught us anything, surely it’s that we should move beyond talking about work alone and turn our attention to the future of living in general, as I said on Twitter last week:
Conversations around stuff like the usefulness of Zoom meetings and the morality of employee surveillance will continue, but let’s be honest: it all got boring weeks ago. Now it’s just incomprehensible news feed noise.
What’s the future of culture, art, play, creativity, travel, friendship, love, and human connection? Don’t these areas also deserve our attention? What does the future feel like? What will it be like to experience it?