The future of livelihoods: The gig economy, as if people mattered

Possible future #4

It’s 2030. Collaborative open organisation platforms have matured and scaled rapidly, enabling new, decentralised ways of working at every level of economies, from informal micro-enterprise to global projects. Meanwhile near-cashless economies have become the norm in many developing countries due to the maturing of mobile payment systems such as M-pesa.

Automation is affecting jobs in traditional manufacturing, with the commercial advent of the “sewbot” and similar technologies. However, entrepreneurialism is doing well as the dynamic of increasing decentralisation opens up opportunities in multiple sectors from finance and transport to health, education and the creative industries.

In the knowledge economy AI tends to augment rather than replace human ability. Human judgement and creativity is highly valued in the online global knowledge economy, providing opportunity for those able to access it.



This "provocation" formed part of Bond and Forum for the Future’s workshop, "collaborating for positive futures in a changing world of work", which explored the future of jobs and livelihoods in 2030-2035. Click here to see the other provocations.