The way we work is changing forever.
Let’s create a future that is sustainable and equitable for everyone.
A host of technologies—from automation to digital platforms for coordination of tasks — are reinventing not just what people do to earn a living but at a much deeper level how we organize to create value. The landscape of labor economics is in upheaval.
In the process, new platforms, algorithms, and attitudes are undermining many established institutions, regulatory regimes, and work practices, challenging some of the basic tenets of the social safety net established in the 20th century. But what of the workers? How can we ensure dignified and sustainable livelihoods for everyone?
Solutions won’t come from any one agency, discipline, or company. It will take collaboration, broad public engagement, smart policy, and an openness to reinventing old economic models.
And while we can’t put the technologies enabling on-demand platforms back in the box, the algorithms we embed in them, the platform design choices we make, the policy and regulatory solutions we create can be shaped by all of us. It is one of the more urgent tasks that we face today. And we need your help.
Two Days of Learning and Co-Creation
Informed by nearly 50 years of research on technology, economics, and the transformation of work, Institute for the Future (IFTF) has launched a major initiative to help prototype “Positive Platforms”—platforms that not only maximize profits for their owners but also provide dignified and sustainable livelihoods for those who work on them. IFTF’s Workable Futures Initiative calls for experts, policy leaders, designers, and investors to come together now to design platforms that enable a workable future for all.
To spark rapid exploration, experimentation, and action, IFTF is hosting Positive Platform Jams where we’ll develop platform prototypes, replicable design frameworks, new financial tools, data management systems, software hacks, and more. We are inviting designers, engineers, policymakers, labor organizers, and many others to join us for these informal and collaborative events.
The first Positive Platforms Jam is November 30 – December 1, 2016 at Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. Ours will follow in Denver!
The agenda of the event will mix cultural provocations and focused collaboration to generate tangible results and insights: platform prototypes, replicable design models, new financial tools, data management frameworks, software hacks, and more. Mentors from diverse backgrounds will be on-hand to advise and guide the work of teams self-organized. IFTF will share the outcomes of the Positive Platforms Jams with our expansive network and the media to provoke further conversations, iterations, and action.
About the organizer
The New Work Cities network includes over 20 coworking spaces in cities all over the world.
From 2008 to 2015, the organization ran a coworking space in New York called New Work City. It was one of the city’s first and most prominent coworking spaces.
Tony is also a director at Open Coworking, a nonprofit that advocates for coworking worldwide. An avid organizer, Tony has been working on the development of coworking communities and support ecosystems for the new workforce since 2007.
Tony also has authored one book and co-authored another (“No More Sink Full of Mugs: Lighten your workload, increase participation, and build better culture in your coworking space” and “I'm Outta Here: How coworking is making the office obsolete”), and has spoken at various events around the world including SXSW, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC), and Maker Faire.
I hope you can bring your amazing ideas and energy to this event!