The World of Work Project

About Us

The World of Work Project is striving to help people have better and more satisfying work lives. We do this because a satisfying worklife is a major contributor to an individuals quality of life. And in our view, a world with more people with a better quality of life is a better world.

We specifically look to make this happen in the following ways:

  • We freely educate and inform through our collective writing, podcasting, seminars and other freely available community activities.
  • We help leaders and individuals grow and develop through our coaching, training and speaking services.
  • We help organizations become more responsible and have more positive impacts through our consultation and advisory work.
  • We help shape the role of work in society through our research and public engagement.

Making Work Better

On average we now spend 90,000 hours at work in our lifetimes. When these experiences are good we have better, more fulfilling life experiences and are better friends, neighbors and members of our communities. We are also more productive and contribute more positively to our wider societies. When these experiences are not good, we have worse life experiences.

We believe that we can improve the world of work through a mixture of community action and engagement, education, training, coaching, leadership development, organizational development and social change.

Our Approach

All our work with teams is underpinned by the following core principles:

COLLABORATIVE

All our facilitation and group work is done in an active and collaborative way. Our workshops and development programmes are highly activity based, even when online, and we see our strengths as facilitation and group engagement. We add value to groups and teams by helping them explore new subjects, challenge their ways of working, refine their thoughts, move forward quickly and achieve significantly more than they would on their own.

LEARNING – LED

At The World of Work Project we believe that everything we do best as humans is Learning Led. This means every activity and interaction we create is intended to help us and our participants learn. We believe that as individuals learn, they are stimulated to consider different approaches and ideas beyond the scope of the topic learning takes place in.

KIND

We are always kind in our interactions with our clients, who are often going through complex and challenging periods of change. We work hard to be aware of the systems, context and other team dynamics that may be affecting those we work with, and we are always considerate in our efforts to help people think in new and different ways about the immediate tasks ahead, and the longer-term future they are transitioning into.

CRITICAL & PLURAL VIEWS

We are passionate about approaching all theories and ideas with a critical eye. We think debate and discussion is important in the learning and development journey and we encourage our participants to do the same. We work as a team in much of our material to encourage participants to see different perspectives and views and to challenge their own assumptions as well as ours. Our programmes and material will often contain our different viewpoints on topics to help encourage people to develop their own perspective and better engage with the perspective of others.

Who We Are

The World of Work Project is a Community Interest Company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We have contributions from many brilliant people around the world who have written articles, contributed to podcasts, provided coaching, training, facilitation, consulting or speaking services or who have simply provided support along the way. You can read more about the excellent individuals who are supporting this project in various places on this website.

All these efforts are curated, coordinated and shepherded by James Carrier and Jane Stewart, who started working on this project in 2018 in Edinburgh. You can read more about James and Jane below.

James Carrier

James Carrier

James is a coach, trainer, facilitator and organizational change and development consultant.

As well as his certificate in advanced coaching practice from the ICF, James has a First class degree in economics, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a qualified project manager.

James spent the first half of his career delivering complex financial change programs in the financial services sector, and the second half delivering coaching and organizational and leadership development programs.

Jane Stewart

Jane Stewart

Jane is a facilitator, coach, mentor and leadership and strategy development consultant.

As well as her coaching, leadership development and strategy experience, Jane has twenty years experience leading organisations and teams and has a master’s degree in organizational psychology.

Jane spent the majority of her career creating and delivering successful change programs in membership sports organizations and charities, and now coaches and consults for a range of clients, primarily from the third sector.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about who we are and what we do, please contact us.

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