Future of Workforce Development (City of SF & Department of Labor)

I authored this research and report for the City of San Francisco and the Department of Labor exploring how cities and local government can take an active role supporting the development of a vibrant and equitable labor market, focusing on policies, regulations, and impacts addressing automation and the platform economy. Research approaches include ethnographic interviews, expert interviews, expert workshops, signaling, scenario development, and more.

Check out the report HERE.

Voices of Workable Futures Report: (Platform Economy Ethnographies)

Developed for the Knight Foundation, I co-authored this report exploring the kinds of workers engaged in the platform economy across the country. After developing an interview guide, I conducted more than a dozen ethnographic interviews across San Francisco, Chicago, New York, small town America, and remotely, in order to understand how they interact with this new labor market, their approach toward career development, their fears and concerns, and how they craft their identities. The insights from this research have led into policy discussions with the Department of Labor and beyond.

You can read the whole report HERE.

The Future of Youth Employment Report (Rockefeller Foundation)

As co-author of this report, I researched how emerging technologies, business practices, and the education landscape might impact the realities of how young people get, find, and keep work (and what that work is) over the coming decade. We developed 4 scenarios reflective of the 4 most probable courses for the future, and developed policy strategies and solutions for ameliorating hardships for young people and our economy in general.

Learn more and read the report HERE.

Research Blog on Strategy and New Business Models

In addition to ongoing research projects, Alexander explored emerging business models, business strategy approaches, and labor market forecasts in blog posts. Below are notable posts.

 

Designing new mortgages & student loans to engender economic equitability

Aug 04, 2017

The Future of Automation report & map

For this public report, I worked with our forecasting and research teams to distill the most compelling and important ideas from a series of expert workshops into a map and report on the new affordances and capacities for automation, and how they are likely to impact everyday life in the coming decade.

You can read the full report HERE.

SIMTAINER: An Immersive VR Futures Narrative (at the United Nations)

Simtainer is a VR experience I built about the importance of adaptable infrastructure, specifically underutilized shipping containers. When users put on the headset, they are taken on a journey through shipping containers repurposed as housing, medical clinics, and farms to meet our ever-changing infrastructure needs. Simtainer will be showcased at the United Nations General Assembly during October.

 

SIMTAINER@TYF17 (Gray Area Fest Edit) from Toshi Hoo on Vimeo.