Will the working people of tomorrow be mostly on their own, independent service providers rather than employees? There are signs that this could be so, according to Catherine Rampell, who writes about economics for The New York Times.
See her recent breakthrough report: When Job-Creation Engines Stop at Just One.
The "agents" she documents can benefit from sharpened human skills now, and as their numbers mushroom, so will the need for highly-human skill development.
Rampell is founding editor of the Times' Economix blog. Under her stewardship it was honored with an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Rampell has also received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism and is a Gerald Loeb Award finalist.
Her work supports the idea that we need a national and international conversation about the future of work and our future in general -- hopefully a highly-human one. What is the ultimate role of humans in the workplace and society?