Building blocks for a radical vision of 'good' work

What do we mean by good work?

In 2017, we went on a collective exploration of this question. Partly prompted by changes in the world around us (such as rising levels of in-work poverty in the UK, the growth of precarious self-employment in the gig economy, increasing levels of work-related stress and anxiety but also young peoples desire to find meaning in work) and the fact that most Hubbers are the architects of their own work (so think about this quite a lot!), we quickly realised this is a HUGE topic.

A group of Impact Hub Islington members and collaborators wanted to learn more about all the different aspects that play into the question of what is good work – so we could start transforming work in whichever areas we were able.

We captured some of the things we learnt along the way in the blog posts below. The illustration on this page is by the wonderful Ariadne Radi Cor and photos by the talented Chris King.

From the blog

Programme launch: re-designing paid work experience with and for young people in Islington

We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of ReDesign, a 3-year social action programme that brings together young people from Islington aged 17-24 to shape and re-think different areas that affect their lives. More jobs are created in Islington every year than there are people. Yet the number of young people not in employment, education […]

The incredible possibilities of digital collaboration – 4 take-aways by Debbie Warrener

The incredible possibilities of digital collaboration – 4 take-aways by Debbie Warrener Last week I had the pleasure of facilitating our third event at the Impact Hub Islington on ‘what is ‘good’ work?’ Our previous two events were held in a more traditional format of panel discussions. This one was a more participatory event focused on […]

What could a radical vision of ‘good’ work look like?

What do we mean by ‘good’ work? A huge multi-faceted question we’ve been asking ourselves for a while now.  To collectively explore this and spark a wider conversation, we invited four people to share their radical vision for the future of ‘good’ work on the 14th June. This was the second event in this series and […]

What's a 'work life balance' anyway?

Guest blog by Chris Rolls Impact Hub Islington is holding a series of events exploring what ‘good’ work means in the modern world. As a collective of businesses, social enterprises and freelancers driven by positive social impact, it makes sense that the first Hub of a now global network should ask this. It kicked off last […]