Submit your ideas by June 29, 2018 for a new publication featuring innovative strategies, policies and programs that seek to improve the future of work for lower-wage workers and their families.

Loh-Sze Leung of Leung Consulting and Nancy Snyder of Nancy Snyder Consulting are working with two national foundations to publish a compendium of short (3-4 page) papers or case studies that showcase the “nuts and bolts” and lessons learned from organizations implementing innovative, strategies, policies and programs that seek to improve the future of work for lower-wage workers and their families. The foundations aim to go beyond discussions of how work will change to shine a light on promising ways in which communities are already adapting to change, with a focus on addressing the needs of their most vulnerable citizens.

This compendium of short case studies will move beyond a discussion of how jobs will change to a discussion of programs and practices are being piloted or implemented to address:

  • The impacts of changes in jobs and the structure of work specific to low-wage workers and workers of color.
  • How programs and systems might adapt to help workers and their families prepare for the changes that are both here and on the way.
  • Lessons learned from strategies, programs and policies that have been piloted to address future of work changes, written with practice and implementation in mind.

Individuals or organizations interested in submitting a paper or project for inclusion in this compendium should complete this form by June 29, 2018.

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Specifically, we are looking for projects that address one or more of the following themes.

Education and Skills

What are we doing/what more can we do to help workers gain the skills, education and credentials they need for jobs of the future?

1)    What are some examples of adaptations and changes that education and workforce systems have made to address new skill needs and ways of learning and acquiring skills and credentials for the jobs of the future? What can we learn from pilot efforts?

2)    What are some ways that local or state workforce and education systems have adapted to meet skills/jobs of the future? What can we learn from pilot efforts?

3)    How do we integrate non-cognitive skill development into education and training models?


Benefits

What are we doing or what more can we do to help workers access benefits that have traditionally been provided by employers?

1)    What are some examples of regions, industries or consortia that have implemented portable benefit funds?

2)    What are some examples of programs, policies or mechanisms that have helped to smooth income or help workers weather income volatility?


Worker voice, agency and protections

What are we doing or what more can we do to increase worker agency and rebalance the power in employer/employee relationships, especially with growing contract work?

1)    What are some examples of alternative worker organizations, and what have we learned from efforts to build and scale these?

2)    Where and in what industries do we see evidence of unlikely/nontraditional partners building a new labor movement? What have we learned from efforts to build and scale these partnerships?


Growth with equity

What are we doing or what more can we do to ensure greater equity in the economy of the future?

1)    What are communities or regions trying in terms of economic development that creates opportunity for economic mobility, particularly for workers of color and historically under-represented communities?

2)    What are communities, regions or sectors trying in terms of improving job quality and economic mobility in sectors that employ many workers of color, low-wage workers, such as retail, hospitality, food service and healthcare?


Innovations in roles for businesses

What are potential roles for businesses in terms of improving the future of work for their workers or employees?

1)    What innovative things are businesses trying to reduce income volatility and smooth the income of frontline workers?

2)    What efforts or tools are businesses piloting to provide workers or employees with more predictable hours, access to full-time employment, and/or control over their schedules?

3)    What partnerships or tools are businesses trying to provide access to affordable and accelerated degree programs, or connect training and education to in-demand employment opportunities?

Questions? Please contact us!