The New Normal is a kind of “out of the box” track, but only to a certain extent, because we won’t go so far as talking about wine and cheese! Instead, we will try to understand what the future might be like. This track is not about practices, it’s more about opening our minds.
To think again about something we’ve become acquainted with, often we need to approach the subject from another view point.
What new thoughts might we find if we approach work systems not as a line, a sequence, but instead as an artificially constrained system with inherent self-organizing properties.
How can we grapple with flow in open systems that reconfigure themselves in response to ecosystemic change?
Rather than engage in endless debates about whether technologies are making us better or worse, Nolen Gertz investigates what we think "better" and "worse" mean, and what role this thinking has played in the creation of our technological world. Using Nietzsche's philosophy of nihilism, Gertz explores the ways in which our values mediate how we design and use technologies. Examining our technological practices—practices ranging from Netflix and Chill to Fitbit and Move to Twitter and Rage—reveals how nihilism and technologies have become intertwined, creating a world of techno-hypnosis, data-driven activity, pleasure economics, herd networking, and orgies of clicking.
COVID-19 sent everyone home to work. And many remote working naysayers saw that when necessary, it was actually possible to work together anywhere. It has, however, been a rough ride as we all discovered that working at home during a pandemic is not the usual way of remote working. But, many of us did it! And in the process, as we smoothed out the bumps, we realized that remote working was not only possible, in some instances, it was preferable. Many offices will not be able to open and operate at full capacity for a long time. At the same time, some people don’t want to go back to the office, even when it’s safe to do so. Now is the time to set up your remote workforce to succeed - no matter where they work. In this presentation, we will discuss, how can we navigate the new world of working as a hybrid team.
He is the author of The Philosophy of War and Exile (Palgrave 2014), Nihilism and Technology (Rowman-Littlefield International 2018), and Nihilism (MIT Press 2019).
Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy @ University of Twente and Senior Researcher @ 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology