For the first time in history, more people are living in the world’s cities than outside of them. By 2050, roughly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas, and a majority will be millennials. In industrialized nations like the US—and rapidly growing economies like India and China—that number will become even higher.
Cities have the opportunity to be incubators for innovation, better preparing a growing population for the jobs of the future. Jobs and industries are changing quickly in response to rapid technological change. While this innovation will give rise to countless new jobs, it will also change some jobs and eliminate others entirely. According to McKinsey, automation alone may displace up to 30 percent of the American workforce. By 2030, between 400 million and 800 million people globally may need to find new jobs.
The question of how we will navigate the future of work and cities to progress towards a new economy—that uplifts all people and all communities—is perhaps the most important question of our time.
WeWork and the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative have partnered to convene surveys, global town halls, and research-pilots to bring together business leaders, policymakers, and innovators in cities across America and around the world.
Through this dinner, we are seeking those leaders with a bias towards action to work together to think, convene, and hopefully lead with action to help positively shape the future of work and our cities.