"WTF! is an ebullient paean to the power of story. What we need, the authors preach, is a new story based on purpose, not on profit. With a mind toward sustaining the planet rather than just amassing money, this book guides you to finding and aligning your purpose, passion, and goals to create that new life-embracing story for yourself, your organization, and the world."
~ Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE
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"WTF! is an ebullient paean to the power of story. What we need, the authors preach, is a new story based on purpose, not on profit. With a mind toward sustaining the planet rather than just amassing money, this book guides you to finding and aligning your purpose, passion, and goals to create that new life-embracing story for yourself, your organization, and the world." ~ Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE
“This is an amazing book—I’ll watch for Charlie and Whitney on Good Morning America since this is going to catch fire. This book offers the next chapter for aligning purpose and life goals in a new and visionary way. Finally, a way to articulate why all the material success often feels empty. This book hits its stride for many of us searching alignment of core beliefs with the “what’s next” discussion.”
~ Sharon Klun, former Manager, Work / Life / Wellness Initiatives, Accenture, and Global Work/Life Initiatives, American Express
“Work The Future! Today captures the essence of the evolutionary shift underway in business from a limited purpose of maximizing profit for shareholders to a broader purpose of creating public benefit. This book explains why the purpose driven business movement as expressed by Benefit Corporations, Certified B Corporations and the Conscious Capitalism movement is so compelling and powerful.”
~ John Montgomery, Founder of Lex Ultima, and Author of Great From the Start: How Conscious Corporations Attract Success
“With their call to action for a better future, Whitney and Charlie articulate a critical need in these chaotic times, and offer a clear path to achieving it—they draw on what’s clearly a wealth of experience. The result is a map to the future: a way to ensure we all know what we need to do to thrive.”
~ Ceil Tilney, former General Manager, Imperative
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Our world has lost its way and has no core purpose, along with our misleaders, and misleading institutions. Our worldview and beliefs were built upon massive industrialization and commercialization that is unsustainable, and does not promote a life-affirming sense of community and sustainable way of life for all.
The New Story of Purpose First must replace the Old Story of Profit First. We need a new illuminating North Star to guide our journey towards individual and collective well-being.
We must give birth to a new philosophy constructed upon shared positive purpose and value, and that means rethinking Profit, People, Planet, and creating a new pathway to building a new thriving story and reality of Planet, People, Profit.
No planet, no people, no profits.
We need a new story of people, possibility, and prosperity for all. We must start on the path of positive transformation, so that we may:
- Awaken to our shared wholeness and inescapable mutuality.
- Become better together through positive individual and shared purpose.
- Share our values and unique gifts with one another.
Why is this transition important now? Because humankind has reached a point in its evolution where it can consciously choose between creation and destruction. Our goal is to aid in the creation of the New Story.
We hope this book takes us forward on two connected paths:
- To awaken concerned people to the importance of reaping the rewards of re/discovering their Purpose (the why of their lives—the gift they have to offer themselves and others), their Place (with whom and where to best share it), and their Practice (how and when to best share it).
- To provide people with a pathway to accomplish their purpose in life, at work, and in community for shared positive impact.
We work the future, today, so that we may all enjoy a more positive, plentiful, and purposeful life tomorrow.
"The future ain't what it used to be." ~ Yogi Berra
“Work The Future! Today is an attention getting book that travels across our current state of seismic transition through timeless questions and the latest tools of analysis. A world that feels like it has lost its purpose is a world caught in the chasm of this seismic shift. Grantham and Vosburgh begin with personal grounding and build outward to collective renewal. I enjoy the deeply provocative questions they raise and the accessible writing and road map they provide.“
~ Rex Miller, Futurist and Principal for mindSHIFT, and Co-author of Change Your Space: How Engaging Workplaces Lead to Transformation and Growth
“WTF! is a primer in the value of practicing old wisdom in a new world. The built environment exists, by definition, outside ourselves. But if you’re engaged in transforming it—particularly the spaces and places where people live, work, and play—the authors show that if you want to be effective, you must start by renewing what’s within.“
~ Natalie Grasso, Editor, Work Design Magazine
“As always, Charlie and Whitney are one step ahead. I can still remember learning the old “four-Ps” of marketing and they stuck with me. But in hindsight, that model has a huge hole in it: purpose. It is today’s currency.”
~ Ryan Johnson, Executive Director, Executive and Professional Education, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
Charlie's Other Books (books in bold for sale on Amazon):
ForeSight 2025 (with N. Owen, T. Musch) CreateSpace: Amazon (January 2013)
Work on the Move (D. Coles ed.) International Facilities Management Association Foundation (October 2011)
Cut It Out (with Shad Arnold et. al.) International Facilities Management Association Foundation (September 2009)
Corporate Agility (James Ware and Cory Williamson) American Management Association Press (August 2007)
Consumer Evolution: 9 Effective Business Strategies for Growth (with Judy Carr) John Wiley and Sons/Gartner Press (September 2002)
Communities of Commerce (with S. Bressler) McGraw-Hill/CommerceNet Press (June 2000)
The Future of Work, McGraw-Hill/CommerceNet Press (November 1999)
Informatics, Organization and Society, Co-editor, Oldenburg Verlag (1993)
The Digital Workplace: Designing Groupware Platforms (with L.D. Nichols) Van Nostrand-Reinhold (1993)
Socializing The Human-Computer Environment (with J. Vaske), Ablex Publishing (1990)
"Change is inevitable. Growth is intentional." ~ Glenda Cloud