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 at the link below.

Click here to view the Blue Sky Meeting results.

About Jen

Jennifer Gresham has helped hundreds of people around the world find greater fulfillment and financial success as a high performance coach and business strategist. She founded Work for Humanity to help people see the future as an invitation to create a better human experience of work, rather than a dire problem to solve.

This simple shift in mindset challenges every single one of us to become part of the solution. Indeed, building a future of work that serves us under these dynamic conditions will require nearly everyone’s contribution. 

Prior to her coaching, Gresham spent 16 years in the U.S. Air Force as a scientist and an officer. She is the former Assistant Chief Scientist of the Human Performance Wing for the Air Force Research Laboratory, where she helped lead a $100M research portfolio spanning the fields of biology, psychology, and technology.

During her military career, she also taught college chemistry, served as a program manager for the Surface & Interfacial Science and Biophysical Mechanisms programs at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and led Corporate Communications for the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Gresham is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Maryland. She was awarded the Air Force Research and Development Scientist of the Year in 2008 and is the author of several publications on human performance augmentation.

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Creating the future of work will require discussion, debate, experimentation, and collaboration among stakeholders. We are seeking allies and partners who want to join us in developing creative, collaborative solutions.

If you are interested in playing a role in Work for Humanity or would like to make us aware of your current efforts in this space as part of our systems approach, please contact me using the form below. 

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