The Future of Work Requires Associations to Lead

Most forward-thinking people have their eye on the future of work with some apprehension as we brace for increased complexity, automation, artificial intelligence, and new forms of work. In fact, ASAE ForesightWorks research identified at least six drivers of change explicitly exploring the future of work and several others that illustrate how associations might lead this future.

This is why a McKinsey Quarterly article entitled “Getting ready for the future of work” caught my eye. McKinsey shared insights from a gathering of thought leaders to assess the state of the workplace and explore potential solutions.

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Meeting the Future of Associations at ASAE

The annual conference of the American Society of Association Executives is a good place to search for evidence of how associations are changing, especially this year as the ASAE Foundation rolls out its new foresight research program, ASAE ForesightWorks.

The Foundation released three action briefs with a summary of the 41 drivers of change from the 2017 research in Toronto. Did I see evidence that the three drivers of change shared in a conference education session (virtualized meetings, aging world and anticipatory intelligence) point to changes ahead for many associations?  Did I see signs of the rising importance of the other 38 drivers? Yes and yet all we imagine will be possible is not yet happening.

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Thrilled to Help Announce ASAE ForesightWorks

Signature i has been very busy this summer working with a team of volunteer leaders and futurist colleagues to launch the American Society of Association Executives Foundation’s new foresight program, ASAE ForesightWorks.

This blog post is to make sure you don’t miss any of the great resources and learning experiences now available with many more to come in the next year.

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