Laetitia Vitaud

I'm a writer and speaker about the future of work and consumption

 
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What I do

I am a writer and speaker about the future of work and consumption. 

I live in London with my two children and husband but I also spend time in France and Germany (my two countries of origins).

After 10 years of teaching English and American studies in France, I switched to the world of Human Resources. For three years now I have been working with clients on how organisations, management, work space, and social protection are impacted by the unbundling of jobs and the empowerment of freelancers. 

I believe that the values of craftsmanship (autonomy, creativity, responsibility) will emancipate workers and help companies create more value(s). Work as we knew it in the age of the mass economy is dead. Long live the age of individuation and networks!

My publications, in English and in French, appear on the following websites: Medium, Malt, Welcome to the Jungle, LSE Business Review ...


You should also check my personal accounts on Twitter and Linkedin.
 

Publications

My first book was published in France: Faut-il avoir peur du numérique ? 25 questions pour vous faire votre opinionwritten with Nicolas Colin, 2016 (published by Armand Colin).

I created a lot of content with Malt, Europe’s leading freelancers platform, about the rise of freelancers and its impact on organisations:

I also work with Welcome to the Jungle, a leading HR media that helps companies develop “employer branding for the new work generation”. See the following publications:

I created a blog for WillBe Group, a strategy and management consulting firm, on business and transformation: see all articles in French 🇫🇷 and in English 🇬🇧.

Works in progress

Together with Welcome the the Jungle’s CEO Jérémy Clédat, I'm writing a book (🇬🇧) about innovative HR practices pertaining to onboarding, recruiting, sourcing talent, employer branding developing talent, work space.

I'm also writing a book (🇫🇷) about the unbundling of jobs and the future of work, to be published with French editor Calmann-Lévy. Its provisional title is Du labeur à l’ouvrage (From Labour to Work).

Another long-term project is a book titled L’Âge de la Singularité (🇫🇷). Together with my fellow feminist author and friend Emmanuelle Hoss, we intend this book to help us redefine and create value and values after the age of the mass economy.

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More about me

Education

HEC Paris Degree in Business
I obtained a master in "Management of Art and Culture" at HEC, a leading French Business School (1998 to 2002).

Université Paris III "Sorbonne Nouvelle"
I obtained the Agrégation d'anglais. The "Agrégation" is a demanding civil service competitive examination for senior teaching positions in France’s public education system. I chose a specialisation in “American civilisation" (2004 to 2006).

Miscellaneous

I’m a black belt 2d dan in jujitsu, love all martial arts and encourage all women to experience the joys of finding their inner warrior! Also a yoga enthusiast, I’ve only just learned to enjoy doing inversions and arm balances. With jujitsu and yoga I’ve learned to fall and get back up, and go upside down. 

I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, by Silvia Federici. The book shows that the birth of the proletariat required a war against women, inaugurating a new sexual pact and new patriarchal order. The witch hunt of the 16th to 18th centuries was a mass genocide of hundreds of thousands of women whose vision of the world, the community and the body represented a threat to the budging capitalist order.

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Wearing a Kimono

2nd dan in 2010

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Doing a Headstand

Going upside down to get a better perspective