Episode 1: Do Something Different, We Must

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Josh Allan Dykstra is a recognized thought leader on the future of work and company culture design. He is an author, TEDx speaker, and the CEO of #lovework, where they use technology to help heal burnout and create astonishingly great places to work.

Hello my friends. I’m Josh and today I’m launching a new show called The Work Revolution. 

If you’ve been following my work, you know this isn’t exactly new — it’s an idea that’s captivated me for nearly a decade.

In these videos we’ll explore what it means to be part of this work revolution and why it’s literally one of the most important things we must do to ensure the survival of our species.

That sounds dramatic, but I am more convinced than ever that it’s also true.

The serious topic aside, as you can see, this will be a casual conversation — today I’m parked here in my basement in front of a bunch of artwork made my my kiddos, and that’s intentional.

If we’ve learned one thing from the current health situation, it’s that all the nice containers we used to have are now shattered.

Perhaps we’d put our kids in a school container and then get in a quiet car container and drive to an office container… maybe your life looked totally different than that, but whatever your containers were, I’m betting they don’t exist in the same way anymore.

Everything is just all mashed together, and we’re all trying to figure it out.

My bet is that we can do this better if we do it together.

The thought I want to offer today is this…

The work revolution I’m talking about is already underway, and it has been for quite some time, well before this global pandemic.

But what the current health situation is doing remarkably well is exposing all the cracks. 

It’s exposing the cracks in the way we think about about work and the true value of all those of tidy containers.

It’s exposing what we know about what kind of work is essential and what really isn’t. 

It’s exposing the massive disparities in pay — especially stark when we look at what we pay those Essential people.

It’s exposing the catastrophic effect of a global economy based on a ridiculous notion of endless consumption. 

It’s exposing the life-or-death gravity of leadership. 

It’s exposing the fragile interconnectedness of our systems.

All these fractures were already there, of course — now we can just see them all in a different, more vivid, light.

So right now, we have a moment to do something different. 

And do something different, we must.

Sorry, I’ve been watching a lot of Star Wars in the evenings.

The time is now. This is our moment. And it will take all of us to make this happen.

See you next time.

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