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Run your own ‘Future of jobs and livelihoods’ workshop

by Futures Centre, Jan 12
3 minutes read

These workshop materials were originally published by bond here.

The world of work is changing radically, with profound implications for livelihoods around the world. Bond, the UK network for organizations working in international development, and Forum for the Future have developed a set of scenarios and tools to explore what the future of livelihoods could be for developing and emerging economies in 2030-2035. 

The tools include four scenarios, described as “provocations for positive future livelihoods in 2030-35”, designed to help you explore how trends such as automation, artificial intelligence and climate change could transform existing livelihoods and stimulate the creation of entirely new ones. Other tools include films, leaflets, posters, a video, a workshop plan and a report of a workshop on 1st December, bringing together a wide variety of organizations, including Comic Relief, PWC, MIT and Impact Hub. 

Provocations for future positive livelihoods in developing and emerging economies

1 // Hyper-frugality

2 // The companionship industry

3 // The Earth recovery business

4 // The gig economy, as if people mattered

These provocations can be used to:

  • Generate ideas for future strategy, policy and interventions
  • Look for opportunities for collaboration to increase your impact
  • “Future proof” current strategies and prioritise work 
  • Promote long-term thinking and planning

The tools

  • Films. We’ve bought each of the four provocations to life in a very short film. They’re a great way to get people to engage with the issues and consider the implications.
  • Downloadable leaflets for each provocation, to support group work. These contain detailed personas and “signals of change” – examples of how these futures already starting to manifest themselves in the present.
  • Posters of the provocations, for display in a workshop environment  
  • A video of a short trends presentation that provides background context for the future provocations, which you can see below
  • A downloadable workshop plan so you can run a session using these materials with others 
  • The report of the workshop held on 1st December




  • How will you use them? 
  • If you could run this workshop with any audience, who would you invite? 
  • If you’ve used the tools, please share your insights with us! What challenges and opportunities did you come across?



For more information, or advice on how you could use the provocations, please contact Kathy Peach or James Goodman

Kathy and James will be discussing visions for the future of livelihoods at the Bond Conference in February 2018. Check out the full programme here.


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