Vol. 3 (2) Dec. 2021

Article ID. JHSSR-1129-2021

Looking to the Future: How Work and Society Might Change

Gary N. McLean, Professor


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As part of my doctoral studies, I took a course in Philosophy at Harvard University in the mid-1960’s, where I was introduced to Walden Two (Skinner, 1948). Skinner described, perhaps tongue in cheek, a utopian society in which work was defined as whatever people wanted to do, no matter how well they did it. People were issued tokens for their self-defined work, which allowed them to purchase life necessities. This echoed a concept written in the 1930s by F. Buckminster Fuller (cited in The Buckminster Fuller Institute, 2020) that I had encountered a year earlier during my master’s work:

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37534/bp.jhssr.2021.v3.n2.id1129.p7