The Future of Work 2.0: Navigating the Transition to New Possibilities

December 11, 2018  • Communications and Society Program

As 2018 comes to a close, the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program invites you to join us as we celebrate and reflect over an exciting year marked by thoughtful, constructive discussions on a range of issues. The following “2018 Year In Review” series offers highlights from the various programs as well as insight into 2019 programming. For more information, please visit our homepage and/or follow us on Twitter or Facebook

Every aspect of society is facing a transformation brought about by advances in digital, network, and data-intensive technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. Challenges to workers from the impact of automation splash across business headlines. Businesses are talent intensive, and many are approaching the automation of work and advances in artificial reality as an opportunity to reduce the number of employees.

The 2018 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Institutional Innovation took place in August 2018 and explored how the advances in technology can bring new opportunities to companies and workers to create new value for the firm, customers, and workers of all types. Governor Hickenlooper made remarks followed by dialogue with Roundtable participants. Hickenlooper’s remarks focused on leadership and public policy with regard to the future of work.  Participants discussed the changing work landscape, the crisis in human talent and leadership within organizations.  Senior executives from various fields including technology, business, health and government worked together to develop insights into plans for action.

Recommendations from the report include strategies around the following topics:

  • Educating the workforce of the future 
  • Building the new workspace 
  • Maximizing human capital 
  • The future of leadership 

The report from this year’s roundtable written by William Gibson will be published in early 2019.  For more information about the Roundtable, and to access reports from prior years, please visit our website.