The world of work is changing. With rapid advances in technology, huge swathes of the labour market are at risk of being automated over the next three decades. This is the way how the most of us think. But should we do so?
No, there is a whole different way of seeing the future of the work says Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and the former Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Taylor spoke about the future of the work at the RSA Fellowship meeting in Finland which was held at FCG in Helsinki this week.
Instead of making predictions how the technology would change the work Taylor encourages us to think and decide what are the values that guide us through the technological change.
– Because the technology could on the one hand give a greater power of small number corporations and could lead to greater inequality. On the other hand it could make work more interesting, it could liberate work.
– It could create societies where it’s easier to balance work and family and other things that matter to us. These are the issues we have to be decided by us as human beings not by machines, Taylor said.
– I think the big challenge for us is how we would set ourselves to promote inclusive growth forms of economic, forms of growth which are also socially inclusive. Actually Finland is much much better at this already than Great Britain. But even here the challenge is to combine economic growth and social inclusion.
– If the conversation of economic growth starts from how we can ensure that every job is a good job where people grow, a job where people feel respected, a job they enjoy, that is a very good starting point of conversation how we achieve inclusive growth, Taylor emphasized.
Read more about future of the work on Taylor’s blog
The RSA Finnish Fellowship meeting was held by Mika Aaltonen, Research Director at FCG and RSA Fellow.
RSA The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce is a London-based, British organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges founded in 1754. RSA Fellowship is a global network of 28,000 people from 80 countries who support the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action. Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin and Karl Marx, Stephen Hawking, Benson Taylor and Tim Berners-Lee are some of the notable past and present Fellows www.thersa.org
Katariina Kääpä (katariina.kaapafcg.fi), Sep 22nd 2017