The Future of Work Grand Challenge
The $6 million Future of Work Grand Challenge is powered by New Profit, JFF, XPRIZE, and MIT Solve
The Challenge of Our Time
Automation. A growing skills gap. Low wages. Crippling student debt. The enormous challenges we face related to the Future of Work have now been heightened by the global pandemic and rising inequities.
How will we rebuild the economy and create a future of work that works for everyone? This is the challenge of our time, and we need your help solving it.
Powering the solutions
By identifying and funding the most promising ideas and solutions, New Profit’s $6 million Future of Work Grand Challenge, powered by XPRIZE, MIT Solve, and JFF will:
- Empower social entrepreneurs to pilot their solutions through workforce boards with at least $100,000 in funding.
- Rapidly reskill 25,000 displaced workers into living-wage jobs in the next 24 months.
- Equip influential workforce boards with vetted tools to support the wave of displaced workers in six months.
- Achieve broader systemic change to help prepare 12 million Americans from underinvested communities for workforce success by 2025.
The Grand Challenge puts equity at the core, seeking ideas from diverse entrepreneurs and advancing solutions that serve the most under-invested workers.
No matter how you look at it, the future of work is now. In launching this Grand Challenge, we have a rare opportunity to accelerate solutions which are built by diverse teams and work for the communities most impacted by centuries of unfair policies and practices.
The Grand Challenge
Elevating the Voice of Workers
Discover how the Grand Challenge elevates the voice of workers in future of work innovation through the XPERT Worker Advisory Board.
Support for the XPERT Worker Advisory Board and this video provided by Accenture.
15 Ideas for a More Equitable Economy
XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling is a competition to quickly reskill under-resourced workers for the digital revolution. XPRIZE imagines a future in which all workers can rapidly attain new and more relevant job skills. Solutions developed in the competition will uplift the labor market in the U.S. and close the widening skills gap.
Reimagining Pathways to Employment Challenge, powered by MIT Solve, seeks solutions that help workers attain the knowledge and skills needed to access sustainable livelihoods. The Challenge seeks solutions that help individuals to access affordable learning opportunities, make informed decisions about career pathways, while also linking employer needs with the workforce.
JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems to achieve economic advancement for all. For the Grand Challenge, JFF leads engagement with the American workforce system by focusing on creating pilots for winning solutions with workers, evaluated for effectiveness, and scaled through partnerships with future-focused workforce boards.
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading digital, cloud, and security capabilities. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across 40+ industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services. Serving clients in over 120 countries, our people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity.
The Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School for Social Policy & Management engages learning and evaluation partners to improve the quality of education, workforce development, and community systems to ensure the success of young people in college, work, and life. The Center catalyzes organizational growth and continuous improvement with a social justice lens.
As the social platform for work that serves 20+ million members each month, Jobcase provides the tools, community and capabilities to reach and empower workers across the US. The Jobcase platform will be leveraged for group communication and coordination, general promotion, and analytic support to help Grand Challenge organizers, Workforce boards, and participating companies implement transformative workforce initiatives.
Walmart.org represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. By focusing where the business has unique strengths, Walmart.org works to tackle key social and environmental issues and collaborate with others to spark long-lasting systemic change. To learn more, visit our website or find us on Twitter @walmartorg
Strada Education Network is a new kind of social impact organization, working to help lifelong learners chart more effective pathways to social and economic mobility. Learn more about our efforts to build a learner-centered ecosystem so more workers can thrive.
The Grand Challenge, powered by XPRIZE, MIT Solve, and JFF, gives solution teams access to $6 million in funding to implement solutions that will train and place millions of workers.
On March 16 we unveiled #15BoldIdeas for the Future of Work and hosted a panel that included leading industry voices.
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