Why Work Isn’t Working and Envisioning The Future Economy with Jess Rimington

It’s a pleasure to speak this week with Jess Remington, an accomplished strategist focused on designing ethical, resilient systems for our future economy. Through her unique blend of historical analysis and imaginative experimentation, Jess challenges us to reconsider the way we work and participate in our economic systems.

Jess served as a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Global Project Center, where she co-facilitated the grassroots research initiative known as Beloved Economies. This project sought answers to fundamental questions about her current modes of work and the potential to innovate beyond them.

Engaging over 200 collaborators in a rich seven year discourse, Jess and her team uncovered seven principles to start a practice and commitment to reimagining how we work. The culmination of this deep dive is the acclaimed book, ‘Beloved Economies: Transforming How We Work’.

Jess and her co-research Joanna Levitt Cray have received notable recognition for their work, capturing a fresh and compelling perspective on the evolution of our workplaces and economic structures. Jess is also the driving force behind the Beloved Economy’s campaign and movements to reshape narratives around our economy and work systems.

Join us as we delve into this exciting conversation with Jess and explore the possibilities of building economies that we can all love and thrive in.


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03:36 About her latest book ‘Beloved Economies’

08:20 What are the seven practices of working?

14:32 How they conducted the research and analysis

17:57 Some of the positive outcomes from organizations that practiced some or all of the seven principles

24:00 The ‘Seek Difference’ Principle

27:51 How to have a curious mind when thinking about diversity

30:55 Commercial success metrics from the seven principles

34:27 Business books that influenced the research

39:11 Addressing the Great Resignation

44:17 The role of the government 

51:04 What do people actually want work to be?

56:10 The first step for implementing the principles

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