Work for Humanity began as a 2-day event held at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, FL in June 2018. We brought together 18 diverse experts to explore how we might use technology to help people do more valuable and meaningful work in an increasingly dynamic and unpredictable world.
We hoped to produce two results from our meeting.
The first was a comprehensive vision for the future of work, which could be refined, tested, and then broadly adopted by the future of work community. To the best of our knowledge, there is no other such working document. We believe such a vision is important. As the pioneering computer scientist Alan Kay said,
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
The future of work lies at the nexus of employment practices, education theory, individual psychology, cultural norms and beliefs, and technological development. It is all too easy to create and optimize isolated interventions that fail to address the systemic nature of the issue. A shared vision is the first step to align efforts and create a set of shared metrics that can provide long-term feedback and collective success.
The second result was a nominal way forward for a new organization, one dedicated to putting our ideas into practice and proving their viability. While thought leadership is valuable, we also wanted to make a real impact on the lives and livelihoods of workers. More work is required to fully develop potential business models, but we were able to identify several important next steps.
We invite you to read our report here.