Future: Forward - Signals of Change in Workforce Trends

This year, the Cultural Alliance is launching Future: Forward, a new initiative to use strategic foresight in thinking about how our members and sector can prepare for the future in the next ten years and beyond.

On February 25, we'll host "Rehearsing the Future," where we will present scenarios of what the future could be for arts and culture in Greater Philadelphia, and ask for your feedback. In preparation for that event, our staff is  scanning the news for signs of change, not just in arts and culture, but around key themes outside of our sector, such as technology, the economy, politics, demographics, employment trends and more.  

From now until "Rehearsing the Future," we’ll be sharing these future signals with you through our blogFacebookTwitter and CultureWire newsletter, and we encourage you to share your thoughts with us.

Signals of Future Change - Workforce Trends: 

Here are some signals of change we've collected to think about how changes in workforce trends will impact the future of arts and culture.

Nonprofits are beginning to realize the need for focusing more on employee self-care. How can we make sure PHL arts employees are supported?

New data gives a clearer picture of student debt, and how it affects students' employment choices after getting their degrees.

Work culture has changed, even in just the last few decades. With the rise of contract employees, co-working spaces, etc., what does the arts organization "workplace" look like in the future?

Sweden is shifting to a six-hour workday. Could we have more full-time jobs in arts & culture if we changed the definition of "full-time"?

While it hasn't completely come into prominence, the gig economy is on the rise. Are full-time jobs are becoming like pensions in the '90s--more and more the exception, and not the rule?

The average American worker takes home less today than 40 years ago. How can we ensure artists and arts professionals make a living wage?

A diversity study shows more gender divesity for museums, but no pipeline for minority leadership. How do ensure there is diversity, equity and inclusion in the cultural workplace?