Inside the RSA and Autodesk’s Good Work Innovations In Europe

Inside the RSA and Autodesk’s Good Work Innovations In Europe
Autodesk Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)‘s Good Work Innovations in Europe reports that Europe needs to take a new approach to training in order to truly benefit from automation. 

Autodesk Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)’s ‘Good Work Innovations in Europe’ looks at trends and innovations taking place across Europe. The report takes into account the impact of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and looks at the future of work trends in Europe. 

Executive summary

The rise of insecure work

The gig economy continues to grow, along with temporary, fixed-term contracts. This includes 0-hour contracts which is unstable for workers. Self-employment is also on the rise, who have been hardest hit during the pandemic, also contributing to instability for individuals. 

Mapping good work innovations 

Autodesk and the RSA split this section of the report into three themes: lifelong learning, which looks at the skills workers need to transition into the jobs of the future; economic security, and the systems in place to support the workers in the gig economy to be protected and experience financial stability; and worker voice, which looks at new kinds of trade unions and corporations that give workers better control over working conditions. 

Building a field 

The RSA launched the good work guild, an initiative to evolve good work principles. It welcomes social innovators, policymakers and investors to consider more opportunities for learning. 

Access to finance 

Access to finance is identified as a pain point by innovators in scaling up services. Innovators expressed a desire to collaborate on shared impact measures or KPIs “that help people understand monetary and social impact value in a standardised format and ground people in the challenges of today”. 

Policy, regulation and procurement 

Innovators and Institutional actors are not often considered natural allies, as they move at opposing speeds. Despite this, changes in the policy and regulatory landscape of different countries mean that it is more essential than ever to collaborate to anticipate potential shifts in policy and regulation. 

Open data and open sourcing 

Though many governments have developed tools that open data sources relating to skills and training that enable innovators to develop new services, there is a lack of analogue tools that support non-standard workers. Access to these tools can better educate and improve the quality of service provided by those operating in the gig economy. 

Click here to read the full report. 


About Auto Desk Foundation 

From the greenest buildings to the cleanest cars, the smartest factories to the biggest stories, amazing things are created every day with Autodesk. Over four decades we’ve worked together with our customers to transform how things are made. Today our solutions span countless industries, empowering innovators everywhere to combine technologies in new ways, unleash talent, and unlock insights to make the new possible.

About Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

The royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce. We’re committed to a future that works for everyone. A future where we can all participate in its creation. The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 250 years.  Our proven change process, rigorous research, innovative ideas platforms and diverse global community of over 30,000 problem solvers, deliver solutions for lasting change. We invite you to be part of this change.  Join our community. Together, we’ll unite people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time.

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