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Workable Futures Initiative
Looking beyond today’s workforce disruptions toward positive platforms for the next generation of work
IN THE MEDIA
FastCompany — These Will Be The Top Jobs In 2025 (And The Skills You'll Need To Get Them)
diginomica — The future of work intensifies—can a platform be ethical?
TechCrunch — What We Need To Know About On-Demand Work Platforms Before Regulating Them
U.S. Department of Labor Blog — Imagining a Bright Future of Work
Forbes — Managers Beware: AI Is Coming For Your Job As Well
<re/code> — It's Not About Uber: Beyond the W-2 vs. 1099 Debate
Harvard Business Review — Here’s How Managers Can Be Replaced by Software
Forbes — The Future Of Work And Our Social Compact
Computerworld — Think your management job is safe? Beware the 'iCEO'
The Wall Street Journal — Can your CEO be automated?
Automation, on-demand platforms, and task-routing practices are rapidly disrupting the workforce and transforming the landscape of labor economics. At times, these changes seem to be outpacing our ability to analyze impacts, design for positive outcomes, and set policies that could assure workable futures for everyone. The IFTF Workable Futures Initiative is a call-to-action for policymakers, platform developers, corporate strategists, and change advocates to blueprint positive platforms for people who work—and indeed to rethink the future of work itself.
As we grapple with the future of an on-demand global workforce, all of us—from platform designers to urban leaders, from policymakers to educators and corporations—need to engage in envisioning positive platforms that ensure a workable future for everyone.
A FOUR-TIERED APPROACH
- On-the-ground research with today’s designers and users of new work platforms
- A reformulation of labor economics for a world of algorithmic platforms
- Prototyping of positive platforms to support a healthy labor economy
- Broad public engagement to build awareness of the choices we face as individuals, households, organizations, and public institutions
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Whitepapers and reports for policymakers, organizational strategists, and platform developers
- Convenings of platform developers, policymakers, and worker advocates to identify design requirements for positive platforms
- Civic events to engage a broad range of stakeholders in prototyping positive platforms
- A public awareness campaign, using videos, interactive toolkits, crowd forecasting events, and social media
As we move into new models of work, it will be critical to bring a diversity of perspectives to the issues raised by this transition. Along these lines, the Workable Futures Initiative recruited an Advisory Council representing leaders in industry, labor, academia, philanthropy, and technology.
Our Advisory Council includes the following individuals:
Senior Vice President, People Operations
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Talent Solutions
Kelly Services, Inc.
Vice President, Community and National Initiatives
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Michael M. Crow
Arizona State University
Mary Kay Henry
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Owner & Publisher
The New Republic
Parminder K. Jassal
President & CEO
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
State of California
President & CEO
Enterprise Leadership Team
W. L. Gore & Associates
VP & Chief People Officer
Devin Fidler on the Future of Coordination + Work
IFTF is a recognized thought leader on the future of work, and Fast Company magazine named Institute for the future one of the five most innovative nonprofits developing responses to the changing world of work. We have tracked the intersection of technologies and work for decades, starting with the first studies of the uses of Arpanet (the predecessor of the Internet), and more recently, looking at impacts of collaboration technologies, new organizational forms, and changing workforce skills. We will build on our ongoing research to create a comprehensive and actionable set of tools to help organizations succeed in the rapidly changing world of work.
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