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January 26, 2023

How The Future Works: Symba: investing in the next generation of talent

In this episode Eleanor and Barry Matthews talk about the Trusted Talent Platform Partner survey and travel plans for work to help boost the freelancing industry in India and Saudi Arabia. Their guest is Ahva Sadeghi, CEO of Symba, a platform with a purpose — to open up the workforce by helping businesses establish remote internships, enabling them to invest in the next generation of talent, and commit to diversity and inclusion. She talks about the lightbulb moment when she realized that Symba had to exist, the benefits of a well-managed internship program, and the importance of finding the right business partner.

How The Future Works Podcast
November 23, 2022

How The Future Works: Workstyle

Eleanor and Barry Matthews discuss topical news including the Autumn statement from the UK chancellor and the recent happenings at Twitter. Their guests this week are Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst, authors of Sunday Times bestselling book Workstyle: a revolution for wellbeing, productivity and society. Lizzie and Alex tell their stories and why they felt compelled to create a new word to describe an autonomous way of working, reorientating work to fit around your life instead of the other way around. They also describe Hoxby, the purpose-led company they have built around this philosophy and of course talk about their first jobs, worst jobs and life hacks.

How The Future Works Podcast
November 03, 2022

How The Future Works: Disrupting Staffing

Eleanor and Barry Matthews discuss the UK Government’s IR35 hokey cokey and the latest industry facts and figures from Staffing Industry Analysts, before welcoming guests, Casey McElroy and Sam Orrin from Worksome. Worksome defies classification and fits into a number of the industry’s boxes, so we explore where it fits, what makes it different and what the future holds for the company that is on a mission to reduce friction between companies and their external workforce.

How The Future Works Podcast
October 07, 2022

How The Future Works: The Podcast Podcast

In this episode Barry and Eleanor talk to Neil Hughes, LinkedIn Top Voice winner, prolific podcaster and all round nice chap. They talk about the extraordinary growth in podcasting, how it can be a useful tool for promotion and profile-building for freelancers and how to find enough motivation and inspiration to record every day. They also pick apart the recent changes in IR35 and what it will mean to UK freelancers if and when it is executed.

How The Future Works Podcast
September 12, 2022

How The Future Works: Bees, Trees and the Waggle Dance – Open Innovation in action

In this episode of How The Future Works, Eleanor and Barry are joined by Tanveer Mohammed UST UK’s head of Innovation.  They discuss how the open innovation model enables UST to collaborate with employees, customers and targeted groups of external experts who can all contribute to solving challenges on behalf of UST’s clients.  They discuss how UST is using open innovation to solve problems related to fraud associated with deep fakes and malicious use of AI, as well as a range of diverse client challenges.

The team also discuss their plans for The Great North Run, the new PM and Tanveer’s 5×10 round.

How The Future Works Podcast
August 28, 2022

How The Future Works: Holding out for a Hero?

In this episode of How The Future Works Eleanor and Barry meet Kal Sahota, CEO of Open Innovation platform HeroX. She explains how organisations tap into solvers from around the world to find the answers to their big conundrums. As a completely open crowd, the solvers (or Heros) compete for prize money, but as Kal explains their motivation is more about being part of something bigger and the intellectual challenge.

They also discuss Barry’s recent trip to Boulder, Colorado, and Eleanor’s resulting FOMO.

How The Future Works Podcast
August 11, 2022

How The Future Works: Freelance doesn’t mean free

In this episode of How The Future Works, Eleanor and Barry meet Matt Dowling, founder of The Freelancer Club and find out more about how the expectation of work for free is a real thing in the freelance industry for creatives. Their #NOFREEWORK movement aims to put an end to that expectation and was born from Matt’s own experience of being ripped off by a client.

They also discuss Upwork’s upcoming Work Without Limits event, lightbulbs going on in a family-run brewing company and possibly the best ever worst job.

How The Future Works Podcast
July 20, 2022

How The Future Works: Skillsourcing – matching supply with demand in 30 seconds

In this episode of How The Future Works Eleanor and Barry Matthews discuss the role of Change Management and Training in scaling adoption of Open Talent in businesses of all sizes.  They are joined by Kelvin Wetherill the founder and CEO of NerdApp and they discuss the term “skillsourcing” and how well it fits what NerdApp do in matching tech experts with demand from consumers and businesses in as little as 30 seconds using a digital app.  They also discuss UK politics, record breaking temperatures, Meerlust wine and using the term Nerd as a term of endearment.

How The Future Works Podcast
July 05, 2022

How The Future Works: Freelancing Friendly Destinations

In this episode Eleanor and Barry discuss why and how governments want to attract and develop freelance talent. They are joined by Dr. Rochelle Haynes, founder and CEO of Crowd Potential and an accomplished academic, speaker, author and lecturer on gig working, HR and the implications of an increasingly mobile, digital, and global population.

How The Future Works Podcast
June 12, 2022

How The Future Works: Solving Healthcare’s Talent Crisis

In this episode Barry and Eleanor Matthews are joined by Melissa Morris the Founder and CEO of Lantum. They discuss the talent challenges in the healthcare industry; the huge number of vacancies at a time when the demand for specialist skills is larger than ever and growing each year.

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