Using Art and Fiction to Imagine the Futures of Work
A "Proof of Concept" on the potential of fiction in exploring the future

About the Project

How can arts and fiction help us imagine the futures of work, and explore unusual territories? In 2018, the WORK+ collaborative project collected more than 150 fictional “Fragments” on the futures of work from science-fiction, videogames, speculative design, visual and performing arts, etc. Our intent was to use this material in order to stimulate imaginations, open up new perspectives, generate new “thinkable futures” and help broaden the set of alternatives for all stakeholders. This was tested during one very productive workshop during the Futur.e.s event in Paris (June 2018).

In 2019, we intend to evolve WORK+ into an autonomous, open-source toolkit designed to kickstart a collective thought process on the futures of work within organizations or other work collectives. Its expected outcomes are:

  • To agree on why change is coming/necessary (not necessarily on what it’ll be)
  • To produce new words, new images about what work could be like in the future, incarnated in stories, artefacts, situations, etc.
  • To broaden the set of “thinkable futures” and help frame the next steps of collective exploration, possibly using more classic ”futuring” methods.
Winfried Baumann, Instant Housing for Urban Nomads, 2005

Documents and materials



The Plurality University Presents at the Next « Futures Festival »

Three of participants to the Plurality University’s Founders Meeting will be presenting during the 2018 « Futures Festival », which will take place (mostly) online on October 27: Jorge Camacho, Daniel Kaplan, and Aarathi Krishnan. Futures Festival is organized by the Association of Professional Futurists. The theme for 2018 is « Diverse Futures…

CNRS : Six scénarios d’un monde sans travail

Les machines seront un jour capables de remplacer les humains dans toutes les tâches, affirment les experts en intelligence artificielle… Voici six futurs possibles au XXIIe siècle selon l’économiste Gilles Saint-Paul, dont l’article est résumé par le « Journal » du CNRS. Supposons que dans cent ou cent cinquante ans, le travail…

WORK+ à Futur.e.s : bilan d’expérimentation

A l’occasion de la manifestation Futur.e.s du pôle de compétitivité Cap Digital (Paris, Grande halle de la Villette, 21-23 juin), le projet WORK+ a proposé à deux groupes (représentants d’entreprises, syndicalistes, experts du travail et de la formation) de participer à une expérience nouvelle et inspirante : relier, confronter et entrechoquer,…

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