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JOHN HOWKINS

Roisin McAuley

John Howkins is a leading figure in the global understanding of work and creativity.

 

He is the author of the seminal The Creative Economy which has been translated into fourteen languages.

 

He is a former chair of CREATEC, Tornado (Britain’s first streaming company) and BOP  (the UK’s leading advisory service on culture and creativity).

 

John Howkins was chair of the London Film School and chief adviser to HBO and Time Warner for fifteen years.

 

In 2006 the Shanghai government set up the John Howkins Research Centre on the Creative Economy. He lives in London.

 

His Invisible Work was published by September Publishing in 2019.

 

Praise for The Creative Economy


‘A valuable introduction to its brave new world’

Sunday Times


‘John Howkins picks his way through the many facets of creativity, unearthing surprising facts’

Economist

 

‘The first really practical guide for people working in the creative industries’

Director Magazine

LATEST BOOK: INVISIBLE WORK: THE FUTURE OF THE OFFICE IS IN YOUR HEAD

Roisin McAuley
In a world where an increasing number of people work remotely, Invisible Work is a new skillset and framework to ensure personal and business success – from the author of The Creative Economy.

Just as power has moved from boardrooms into the domain of dynamic individuals, Invisible Work maps the evolution of this new way of being and succeeding.

‘We no longer have the certainty of being told exactly what to do and how, and have to rely more on our own resources. Work has become more personal, private, subjective, nomadic and never-ending. As a result, work is moving from observable public spheres into the private and unseen.’

Invisible work is the hidden ingredient for success in an AI-defined era. It is a mindset of deeply focused, value-added thinking and sharing. It is a process of creativity that combines emotional intelligence and collaboration. It is the key to the success of a growing army of self-employed workers. This is an emerging field of work in which new business domains and creative endeavours are based on personal interests and digital connections. It is also, crucially, the answer to the question of how we thrive in the AI era and raise a new generation capable of working with – rather than being replaced by – AI.

Howkins lays out a visionary framework for working practice and success. He focuses on the ways in which we think most innovatively, how we best share those private ideas, how we make unseen connections and remain authentic whilst staking out our domain in a virtual world. He considers the growing area of self-employment in a chapter entitled ‘The Incorporated Self’, and he explores the tricky task of spotting and nurturing those best suited to invisible work.

‘This wise and inspiring book shows us the true meaning of work in the 21st century ... Essential reading for anyone in pursuit of a more productive and purposeful life.’ Paul Owens, founder and chair of BOP Consulting and director of the World Cities Culture Forum.

Just as power has moved from boardrooms into the domain of dynamic individuals, Invisible Work maps the evolution of this new way of being and succeeding. From the author of The Creative Economy comes a new book on the most important new phenomenon in the radically changed world of work.

'We no longer have the certainty of being told exactly what to do and how, and have to rely more on our own resources. Work has become more personal, private, subjective, nomadic and never-ending. As a result, work is moving from observable public spheres into the private and unseen.'

Invisible work is the hidden ingredient for success in an AI-defined era. It is a mindset of deeply focused, value-added thinking and sharing. It is a process of creativity that combines emotional intelligence and collaboration. It is the key to the success of a growing army of self-employed workers. This is an emerging field of work in which new business domains and creative endeavours are based on personal interests and digital connections. It is also, crucially, the answer to the question of how we thrive in the AI era and raise a new generation capable of working with - rather than being replaced by - AI.

Howkins lays out a visionary framework for working practice and success. He focuses on the ways in which we think most innovatively, how we best share those private ideas, how we make unseen connections and remain authentic whilst staking out our domain in a virtual world. He considers the growing area of self-employment in a chapter entitled 'The Incorporated Self', and he explores the tricky task of spotting and nurturing those best suited to invisible work.

BIBLIOGRAPHY Invisible Work: The Power of the Unseen (September, 2019); Creative Ecologies: Where Thinking is a Proper Job (Transaction, 2010); The Creative Economy: How People Make Money from Ideas (Penguin, 2002); Communications in China (Prentice Hall, 1982); New Technologies, New Policies (BFI Publishing, 1982); Understanding Television (Sundial Books, 1976).