I was checking out the information about the upcoming conference Office 2.0. I wanted to get a sense of what the future workplace would look like. There’s not much information there, but I got a bit from the list of speakers:

1. There are two links next to every speaker name: blog, and profile. If you think you don’t need a blog, you need to look at this list. It’s long. And every person on it has a blog. Blogging is essential for big thinkers, serious careerists, and anyone who wants to be part of a wide-reaching conversation.

2. The list of photos is pretty unremarkable, mostly men, mostly headshots. There are a lot of visions for what the future of the office will be. Our computers will have no client application other than a web browser, for example, and virtual collaboration will be easy.

But maybe the most wide-reaching vision of Office 2.0 emerged before the conference even started. The image is on the speakers page, where David Young, CEO of Joyent, makes room in his own small square headshot for his baby’s head, too. Because Office 2.0 must make room for children.

4 replies
  1. Liz
    Liz says:

    So basically what you’re saying is that when my company accidentally finds my blog, I can truthfully tell them it’s a strategic career move?

  2. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    This is a good question. (Liz’s blog, The Brain Dump, is about “taking one day at a time” and lots of musings.) You can’t have a blog that helps you succeed in your career until you know how you want to succeed. I think one of the points of your blog is to say that you don’t know. So I think your blog is more a way for you to help you understand yourself than for you to build a dream career per se. But, I think both are equally good reasons to blog.

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