We live in an era where societal and technological changes are transforming the ways people work and learn. Society is facing complex issues on a global scale, including our growing requirements for energy, our need for improved healthcare and the effects of global warming. Deep specialist knowledge is required to find solutions to these multifaceted problems. The knowledge required to solve each problem is increasingly distributed across a number of specialisms, rather than contained within a single role. Consequently, people with specific expertise collaborate around work problems in new forms of organisation. These three trends – the growth in specialisation, increased collaboration and new forms of organisation – are bringing about an agile transformation, changing the ways in which people work.