Future of Work Lab

What is the Future of Work Lab?

The Future of Work Lab seeks to shape systems change toward a more equitable future of work. We do this by convening cross-sector workforce innovators who are experimenting at the margins; facilitating new approaches to building resiliency and adaptability; and, mobilizing collective learning and action at regional and national scales.

Who Should Apply

We are looking for innovators, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who are actively working at the margins rather than the mainstream on new approaches and solutions to future of work challenges. This includes:

  • private sector managers and mid-career professionals
  • public servants and managers within government agencies
  • community leaders and project doers within not-for-profit organizations
  • startup founders or leaders with innovative partnership/delivery models

Participants will have mandates, pilot projects or initiatives that work directly with impacted and vulnerable groups who are at risk of becoming precarious in the future of work, with a particular focus on:

  • youth & recent graduates
  • newcomers, immigrants and refugees
  • racialized peoples
  • Indigenous peoples
  • bridging urban rural opportunity divides, or resource-based communities

Program Details

Program Overview

The Future of Work Lab builds on RADIUS’ proven approach and social innovation lab methodology on shaping systems change through the lens of social and economic inclusion. 

We know that systemic challenges require us to look beyond individual ventures and solutions to engage with and influence the broader systems of which they are a part.

Following the success of recent cross-sector stakeholder gatherings on economic inequality and the changing workforce (ALT/Now and ReframeWork), the Future of Work Lab will launch its first cohort-based workforce systems innovation program in 2020/21.

Each cohort will include participants from a variety of sectors, representing the diversity of actors needed to affect societal change toward an equitable future of work in Canada.

Program Benefits

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn from each other and subject matter experts about trends and opportunities for workforce innovation in Canada.
  • Experiment and test new approaches in developing their own interventions for workforce innovation that promote social and economic inclusion.
  • Develop their competencies in systems change and systems leadership on both a personal and an organizational level.
  • Grow their collective network to influence broader change for an equitable future of work.

Program Content

With a curriculum blending experiential and theoretical modules, participants will grow their understanding of systems change, the emergent future, and their personal and organizational role within it. Additional group mentorship and one-to-one coaching will support each participant’s practicum project. 

Learning tools and frameworks will include: social theory of change, equity-centred design, intrapreneurial mindset, and adaptive leadership. Additional group mentorship and one-to-one coaching will support each participant’s project, and there will be broader stakeholder events to share learnings and amplify projects.


Application Opening Date

Our inaugural cohort for the Future of Work Lab will launch in 2020/21. More information coming soon. 

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Questions About Future of Work Lab?

If you still have questions about Future of Work lab, email futureofwork@radiussfu.com

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