This is a collaborative project between Bond (international development network) and Forum for the Future, a global sustainability NGO. There is growing interest, hype and scaremongering about the future of work and livelihoods in the West. But to date, response and action from institutions and companies interested in ‘global development’ has been relatively limited and simplistic – inadequate to the complex and dynamic trends that are reshaping how the world works.
We want to present a view on how trends such as automation, digitisation, and the rise of artificial intelligence could potentially play out in different ways in the future. And to bring to the fore some of the choices and interventions that would need to be made by policy makers, citizens, donors and business over the next 3-5 years to harness these trends to create sustainable and decent livelihoods for all… and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 8.
To get people to think about how to prepare for and respond to these futures, Bond and Forum for the Future are running a workshop that will present attendees with four different possible scenarios for low-income countries and emerging economies in 2030/2035. Each of these scenarios will have a ‘provocation’ video. These are not predictions, but visions designed to challenge and stimulate.