As societies in the global North and global South adapt to rapid change, we seek to ensure that there is a meaningful future of work that places workers and their well-being at the center. We believe the time is now to actively shape the future of work.
To strengthen the emerging Future of Work field as a whole, the time is right to make connections across issues and areas of focus. With that in mind, we seek to bridge the gaps between consumers’ hopes and needs, workers’ experiences, changing business models, evolving technology, and political strategies, with an eye to shaping a collective agenda. By bringing together unlikely partners, we aim to seed strong coalitions that can devise powerful solutions to the challenges wrought by the changing nature of work today. We support efforts to bring together technologists, workers, researchers, policy experts, private sector leaders, and social justice advocates to leverage existing collaborations and create new ones.
Shaping solutions in policy and practice
Even in the most advanced economies, current labor and social protection policies—the laws and regulations that govern terms of employment, the relationship between employers, workers, unions, and the government, and the benefits workers receive—do not address the new reality of less secure, and increasingly disconnected, employer-employee relationships. And economies in the global South often show high rates of labor informality and precarity. Furthermore we lack the data and information that could help us establish a complete picture of current conditions and where we are, or should be, headed. To address this, we support efforts to develop, test, and implement innovative labor and social protection policies, as well as private sector practices and models.
Strengthening worker organization, voice and power
Policy changes and anti-labor business practices—plus a labor movement in major transition—mean that workers and civil society often lack the influence and power they need to deal with corporate dominance. To realize effective, worker-centered solutions to today’s challenges, workers must be able to influence and orient the agenda. That’s why we invest in building the capacity of workers and worker-centered organizations to engage in and shape the debate about work today and in the future.