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Reporting on the #FutureofWork: Bangkok

The Future of Work is here. Its social impacts are captured in the stories we share and it’s easier now more than ever to share those stories.

They’re shared in our newspapers, magazines, on social media, on the television and the radio. We’re surrounded by media. Whether we know it or not, many of us are avid consumers of it. A lot of that media is brought to us by journalists and media professionals; natural storytellers that play a leading role in shaping the public debate on the Future of Work.

With its global kickoff in Turin, Italy in September 2017, we brought together reporters from fifteen-plus Asian and Pacific countries for a media workshop in Bangkok mid-November 2017 to support them in their reporting on the Future of Work. As the world’s leading authority on the world of work issues, the ILO wants to take the lead in creating awareness and driving the global debate on the impacts of transformations in the world of work.  

Reporting on the Future of Work. Video credit: ITCILO

Journalists document and unravel how the changing nature of work is reshaping the society around us, but this is not an easy task.  Due to various forms of inequalities, differing histories, and local contexts, there is not just one single Future of Work; instead, there are multiple futures that are interlocking; and they impact many of us.

For example, successful young video bloggers in Indonesia are being shunned by their parents because they do not see their children’s’ new line of work  to be honourable. How might new forms of digital work challenge cultural and familial values?  In India, some believe that the interests of the majority of workers aren’t represented;  especially those who are in the informal sector, making them invisible. If the majority of workers are not represented, than in whose interest will India’s Future of Work serve?

Journalists are knowledge translators and disseminators. They  help us “make sense” of  contextual complexities and lend the Future of Work conversations some humanity. Therefore, as storytellers with local and regional perspectives, journalists are treading on ever-shifting  ground and heading into unknown territory, as they unpack the transformations, the megatrends, and the social impacts as we embrace the Future(s) of Work.

In recognition of the significant role journalists and the media play in the global dialogues on the Future of Work, the ILO’s Department of Communication and Public Communication and the International Training Centre of the ILO, in collaboration of the Research Department and the Future of Work Unit will be bringing together leading journalists and media professionals across different regions.

As journalists and media professionals report on the Future of Work across Asia and the Pacific, we want to deepen their reflection and influence of public opinion on the topic. We do this by expanding their depth of understanding about the transformations in the Future of Work and its potential social impacts, which remain relatively unexplored.

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Kai Hsin Hung

Kai-Hsin Hung is an External Collaborator with the ITC-ILO. He develops and designs curriculum and prototypes new sustainable learning solutions. His focus is innovation and knowledge synthesis of complex development challenges, including the future of work, food security, and climate change. He has broad experience in various roles in international advocacy, program management, and policy research at the International Development Research Centre and Global Affairs Canada. Follow him at @KaiHsinHung

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