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Future of Work  is a three-part series exploring monumental changes in the workplace and the long-term impact on workers, employers, educators, and communities. 

Age of Agility Virtual Event

Age of Agility: 
The Governor's Summit on the Future of Work

Monday, November 1 @ 8:30pm MT/ 7:30pm PT

Join Idaho Business for Education President and CEO, Rod Gramer, and Idaho Workforce Development Council Executive Director, Wendi Secrist as they explore work-based learning solutions such as apprenticeships that will help meet the demands of Idaho’s workforce needs. 

Guests include Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett from District 26, Senator David Lent, Republican from District 33, Representative Chris Mathias, Democrat from District 19 Seat B and Representative Paul Amador, Republican from District 4 Seat B. 

The legislative panel will share their thoughts on the pathways available to students, educators and business leaders to meet the demands for the 21st Century skills that are needed to build our workforce into an economically robust resource.

Watch Future of Work Series Preview

Since early 2020, the world has been rocked by triple crises: the global pandemic, the ensuing economic disruptions, and the fore fronting of long-existing racial inequities. U.S. unemployment was at a rate not seen for more than a century. A majority of Americans now report economic distress and concern about the future for themselves and their families. The usual ladders to security – education, hard work, life-long employment – appear to have broken down. 

These realities are not distributed equally; many high-earning white-collar workers stay employed virtually. Frontline and service workers, disproportionally people of color and recent immigrants, have been hit hardest by COVID-19 and the ensuing economic hardships. 

Is the U.S. about to enter a future of entrenched haves and have-nots? With education becoming virtual, long-standing debates about the value of post-secondary schooling and training programs are creating more uncertainty about how to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. How do we protect and preserve opportunities for work that sustains families, communities, and the nation – a fundamental aspect of the American Dream? 

Future of Work explores these and other questions with profiles of millennial, single-parent and other workers, in addition to leading economic, employment, training and technology experts. The three-part broadcast series airs on PBS stations starting September 1st. Meanwhile, viewers can stream the Future of Work digital series on PBS Digital Studios and PBS Voices YouTube Channel throughout the summer. 

Episodes

The New Industrial Revolution

AIRING SEPT 1, 2021 @ 9PM

In addition to illuminating the ongoing drivers for disruptions to the world of work – AI, robotics, platform technology, globalization, labor practices -- the pandemic has been a driver of change. Unemployment flipped from lowest in 50 years to highest in a century.

Futureproof

AIRING SEPT 8, 2021 @ 9PM 

Frontline and service workers have borne the health consequences of the pandemic, increasing racial and economic disparities. Certain robotic and AI applications are accelerating as the value of human workers is further questioned. Determining the likely areas of job growth and training needs is difficult. Post-secondary education has become more virtual and its costs, more controversial.

Changing Work, Changing Workers

AIRING SEPT 15, 2021 @ 9PM

Companies rethink the need to even have offices, and the traditional 40-hour workweek is losing relevance. Many companies are adopting the remote work models, spawned by the pandemic, as their new normal. The sense of precariousness and fear increases for many. Does the nation need new policies of Guaranteed Basic Income, (UBI) or a drastic rethinking of the social safety nets? 

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