Podcast of the week: Our post-work future

Work as we know it won’t persist. The system is imploding: people are short of income, time, and satisfaction, productivity is stagnating, and automatization will make much of human work redundant anyway.

Such statements are often followed by nods of approval, a short silence, and a subsequent switch of topic. Work is for most an essential part of life, giving structure and purpose, making it hard to imagine how it could ever change.

In this week’s episode of ‘The Guardian’s Audio Long Read’ – spoken versions of in-depth essays – journalist Andy Beckett explores the possibilities of the post-work future. This podcast asks to be listened to attentively: in little more than half an hour, Beckett tours past the main questions, visions and controversies. From here the conversation can begin.


By Isabel Seeger