What we do
About the Future Forum
Future Forum enables leaders to reimagine work through data and dialogue, to create a people-centric and digital-first future of work.
Future Forum equips leaders to drive transformation at work, helping them reimagine how people, process and tools come together to make work better for people as well as companies. We believe that business challenges and competitive advantages in this century come down to people — how you attract and retain diverse talent, how you align them against common purpose that engages them fully, and how you enable them to act with agility to achieve great things.
Our role is in inspiring bold actions to re-imagine leadership and management in the context of accelerating digital transformation.
We know there aren’t easy answers, but through combining insight and dialog, we can collectively create better ways to work together. We bring together insightful research and thought leaders with forums for dialog among executives who are working to reshape their companies for the future.
The insights and challenges created by the pandemic offer leaders the opportunity to transform their organization.
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We believe there is a massive opportunity to reimagine management — to leverage digital tools to drive true digital transformation, not just a digital transition of legacy processes born in the first industrial revolution. The combined challenges of pandemic, recession, and social unrest have created an opportunity for massive change. Expectations aren’t moving backwards —so how fast can leaders move forward?
Work is a critical part of many people’s lives. We know it can be better. Technology shifts over the past decade, combined with insights from the past year and an openness to change on the part of employees and leaders, create a unique opportunity for leaders to rethink where and how work gets done.
People are the key to competitive advantage
We believe that employee engagement will be the key driver of corporate returns in the coming decades. The ability to attract, retain and harness people’s potential will be the critical determinant of success in any industry. We believe that inclusiveness will be a key to success. Diverse teams create better results, and demographics mean that legacy cultures will inhibit the ability to attract and retain talent. Sizable investments in inclusivity, equity, and belonging are required to unlock the potential of diverse teams, and will yield disproportionate results.
Leverage digital tools to augment human potential
Modern collaboration tools and open platforms enable teams to move the “headquarters” online. Technology can enable organizations to re-think the traditional physical limits of the office, create shared purpose, and allow the people on our teams to fully utilize their potential in pursuit of the organization’s shared objectives.
The time for revolution is now.
We work with industry and academic institutions to publish research, case studies and position papers publicly to drive discussion about the future of work and enable teams to build off best practices.
Pamela J. Hinds, Stanford University
Professor of Management Science & Engineering
Co-Director of the Center on Work, Technology, and Organization
An academic research partnership focused on companies’ shifts to remote work models
Future Forum in the news
December 6, 2020
Nearly a third of workers don’t want to ever return to the office
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Countering the tyranny of the clock
October 9, 2020
Slack Releases, Breaks Down Results From Inaugural ‘Remote Employee Experience Index’
October 7, 2020
Slack’s remote-work research yielded interesting results
October 6, 2020
Remote work erodes workers’ sense of belonging
September 1, 2020