Future of Work

Author: LARS GAEDE, journalist (Wired, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, and other), co-founder Work Awesome (www.workawesome.org), Berlin- and New York-based agency that creates content and conferences on the future of work and helps organizations get future-proof

 

The future of work does not exist. In truth, there are many different possible futures. Among them are desirable possibilities: Will smart machines free us from annoying and inhuman routine work in the future? Will we learn new skills and invent new jobs? And will we distribute the productivity gains achieved through automation wisely, so that all members of society - not just a few – can benefit from it? It is possible!

But it can also turn out quite differently. The dystopian view on the future of work shaped by technologically induced unemployment, in which prosperity is spread among even fewer people - with all the drastic social and political consequences implied - is just as vividly imaginable. And in between there is a multitude of other possible futures in which we could steer over the course of the next years and decades.

The most important thing is that the future in which we find ourselves will be the result of numerous complex political, social and economic decisions. This means that as citizens, as voters, as customers, as employees and managers in companies, we have the opportunity to have a say in the course of things. But to do that, we need to address the issues at hand now. This requires a deeper understanding of new technologies and their possible consequences, honest discourses on the question of how we want to live and work in the future and spaces, both digital and physical, to enable the exchange of ideas and an open discourse.

The Future of Work track at the German Haus will offer exactly such space for collaborative thinking: Together with exciting experts and thought leaders, we will illuminate future scenarios of work through a variety of interactive formats and networking opportunities and show that our collective future is, in fact, shapeable.