On The Same Page: Unreasonable Future

For over five years, the Fossil Foundation has been on a mission to close the global opportunity gap by unleashing the power of underserved youth. During this time, we’ve built strong partnerships with some of the most innovative social impact organizations in the world—all addressing the challenges young people are facing today and helping them prepare for tomorrow.

So far, the Fossil Foundation has improved the lives of more than 750,000 young people. But this isn’t enough. We’re living through the biggest economic and technological shifts in human history, and underserved youth are at risk of being left further behind. To respond to today’s unique challenges, we must evolve the way we invest in and tackle this pressing global issue.


The Era Of Disruption

We now know that the same technological breakthroughs that are changing the way all of us connect, play and work are also impacting the future of the world’s 1.8 billion young people. Disruptive technologies, including automation and AI, will disproportionately affect underserved youth and may eliminate many current onramps to employment. Consider these statistics:


By 2020, more than ⅓ of desired skill sets of most jobs will be comprised of skills not yet considered crucial today.

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Jobs likely to be displaced worldwide through automation between 2018 and 2020

By 2025, more than half of all current workplace tasks will be performed by machines—further diminishing already reduced opportunities.

These changes will also bring tremendous new opportunities. As jobs are displaced, as many as 133 million new roles will likely be created. It’s up to us to help prepare underserved young people for a changing world of work.


The Era Of Disruption

We now know that the same technological breakthroughs that are changing the way all of us connect, play and work are also impacting the future of the world’s 1.8 billion young people. Disruptive technologies, including automation and AI, will disproportionately affect underserved youth and may eliminate many current onramps to employment. These changes will also bring tremendous new opportunities. As jobs are displaced, as many as 133 million new roles will likely be created. It’s up to us to help prepare underserved young people for a changing world of work.

By 2020, more than ⅓ of desired skill sets of most jobs will be comprised of skills not yet considered crucial today.
75M
Number of jobs likely to be displaced worldwide through automation between 2018 and 2020
By 2025, more than half of all current workplace tasks will be performed by machines—further diminishing already reduced opportunities.

Reimagining Pathways

We’re proud to introduce Unreasonable FUTURE, a movement designed to help underserved youth thrive in the new economy. Led by Unreasonable Group, Unreasonable FUTURE is a collaboration between Fossil Foundation, Pearson and Accenture that will reshape how underserved youth learn, work and succeed.


Together, we have an ambition to impact one million young lives by 2021.

We believe that today’s pathways (from learning to working to succeeding) don’t work well for underserved youth, and have yet to be defined for the future of work. At the heart of the Unreasonable FUTURE movement is the goal to create new pathways that unlock human potential and create better opportunities for the world’s youth.

Together, we have a lot of work to do. We are eager to launch this new journey with Pearson and Accenture and our friends at Unreasonable Group.

Stay tuned for a peek into the launch of Unreasonable FUTURE. We’re looking forward to sharing updates along the way.


Janiece Evans-Page
Global Head of Sustainability and Philanthropy



*source: Future of Jobs 2018, World Economic Forum

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