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5 new ways to think about work and social change from TED 2013

Peter Singer, talking about effective altruism. Photo credit: TED 2013, James Duncan Davidson

Peter Singer, talking about effective altruism. Photo credit: TED 2013, James Duncan Davidson

We spend over 80,000 hours at work during our lifetime. Yet this time is hardly static; with advances in technology, we may see the kind of work we do and the world of work change quickly over the course of our careers.

Chip Cutter, an editor at LinkedIn, captured five of these shifts in his recap of TED 2013. From raising the retirement age to guaranteeing a minimum income to all citizens, the ideas about the way we can and should work sparked a great deal of conversation.

When it comes to social change, one idea that emerged was that the best way to make a difference is to make a lot of money then give it away (prompting a bigger conversation about how some of the jobs that generate a great deal of money can do more harm than any amount of donating can fix).

What do you think of these ideas?

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