The futures of agency
Exploring the liminal spaces between action and responsibility
26 October 2023 (Thursday), 14:00-15:20, imagine2

Future landscapes of work

While in the past, among other developments, globalization, the advancements of automation and digital technologies, and the transition to knowledge-based activities have shaped the requirements for the work that we do, we have recently experienced a short period during the pandemic, when especially remote work via digital connectivity became more common and considerations of work-life balance gained importance. We seek purpose at work, which is, however, not easily found in the world of grown complexity. In the present liminality, complexity exists, for example, because of the multicultural and transnational environments in that the work is often done, concerns of global sustainability with acknowledged limits that will contrast universal influences with regional, the development of artificial intelligence and utilization of growing amounts of ubiquitously managed data, and work being done increasingly in virtual worlds. The above are only examples of the trends that are shaping the futures of work and that have been increasingly global. The impact of them can vary in between industries and areas of the world, but may lead to new professions, new job roles or focuses for human workers, or new industries that offer work. It is necessary to question in this liminality, where the evolution that continues from here is leading, and where the motivation and purpose at work can be found in the future. The presentation reviews existing literature, as well as current trends and megatrends, for building images of futures and scenarios for the futures of work.