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New Way of Working

New Way of Working

Yesterday we looked at an infographic that compared the way we worked 50 years ago and the way we work today. But a lot of people don’t realize that the way people work today really is different than it was even a few years ago. In fact, many companies haven’t caught on to the fact that their people are mobile. They’re on another floor, in...

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Mobile App Finds Bay Area Workspace

Mobile App Finds Bay Area Workspace

The publisher of LiquidSpace, a mobile application that helps people find a space to work, announced that the company has raised $3.6 million in venture capital. LiquidSpace has partnered with Turnstone, a division of Steelcase, the office furniture manufacturing company. Companies with excess space can use LiquidSpace to list available meeting or work space, control who can use the space, and determine pricing and availability....

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And Now For Something Completely Different

This has absolutely nothing to do with telework, telecommuting, flexwork, or workshifting. It’s simply wonderful and we want to share it with you. Once it starts, click the four arrows between HD and Vimeo to get a full screen version, and turn up the sound, it’s a perfect pairing. TimeScapes: Rapture from Tom Lowe @ Timescapes on Vimeo.


$200 Million Broadband Map Available Free

$200 Million Broadband Map Available Free

Broadband access is a prerequisite for successful telework, but until recently it was tough to find out what service was available where. But the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has made The National Broadband map, which cost roughly $200 million to build, available online free. The map/application gives you access to census-level data from more than than 25 million records. It shows what types of broadband...

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Mr. President, Hello, Have You Heard Of Telework?

Mr. President, Hello, Have You Heard Of Telework?

We’re baffled why President Obama in a major speech today about reducing our dependence on oil imports didn’t mention telework. We know he’s a fan of the idea, because he said he was the Teleworker-In-Chief when talking about flexible work options. And he does work out of his house, the white one, after all. Half-time telework by those that could would save more energy than...

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Broadband Could Stimulate Home Business…But

Broadband Could Stimulate Home Business…But

“We can’t expect tomorrow’s economy to take root using yesterday’s infrastructure. To attract the best jobs and newest industries, we’ve got to out-innovate, out-educate, out-build, we’re going to have to out-hustle the rest of the world. That means investing in cutting-edge research and technology.” That’s what the President said about a week ago when he announced an $18.7 billon U.S. broadband spending program.   A...

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Technology Is Not A Barrier To Telework

Technology Is Not A Barrier To Telework

The House passed the telework bill today, and it looks like Obama is eager to sign it. So rapid adoption both in government and industry should be a no brainer, right? Probably not. While the telework trend continues, barriers still exist that prevent companies from making the transition. They’re mostly cultural, but worries about the costs and complexities associated with setting up remote locations, and...

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Connected Britain

Connected Britain

Boy, I wish I’d written this, but I didn’t. UK futurist James Bellini did, as an introduction to a whitepaper sponsored by Orange. Our world is being transformed by major convergent trends – tipping points in technology, demographics, individual aspirations and behaviour – that are re-shaping the way we live, work and socialise. In this “connected” future our industrial-age heritage of fixed hours and fixed-place...

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Telecommuting: GSA Gets It

Telecommuting: GSA Gets It

Martha N. Johnson, Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration spoke at yesterday’s Telework Exchange Fall Town Hall Meeting in Washington, DC, and quoted some of our research. Here are her prepared remarks (emphasis added), Thank you, Josh, for that kind introduction. And thank you, Telework Exchange for inviting me to speak today. I’m delighted to be here. I often say “work is what you do, not...

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Government Means Business When It Comes To Telework

Government Means Business When It Comes To Telework

Government agencies have been told (by law) since 2000 that their people should telecommute to the maximum extent possible, yet only about 8% of those who could actually do. But the Telework Improvements Act of 2010 (H.R. 1722) that passed the Senate on September 30th will put some teeth in that mandate. The bill is waiting for House compromise on a few points, but the...

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