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Join our Good Work Guild

Calling all policy makers, investors, unions, grassroots problem solvers, social entrepreneurs, start-ups, worker advocates and business leaders looking to shape the future of work. 

We're developing a Good Work Guild, bringing together a diverse global network of Fellows working to tackle the most pressing issues related to economic security and labor-market transforming technologies. 

We're looking to support a new generation of problem-solvers. Over the course of 12 months, the Good Work Guild will come together to focus on opportunities for learning, shared sense-making, collective action and advocacy. This global community of practitioners will work to shape policies, practices and markets to ensure that everyone can pursue good work in an age of technological change.

Our work and vision are built around our 5 main principles for good work. We would love you to join us to help make these principles a reality. 

What we’re offering

Our network offers: 

  • A moral license for courageous leadership and social imagination 
  • A global peer-to-peer community for shared learning, troubleshooting and workshopping of ideas and challenges 
  • Early access to the latest research, insights and trends analysis from our Future of Work programme through specialty webinars and masterclass sessions with guest experts and thought leaders
  • Interdisciplinary learning modules in futures and foresight, the art of social change, and systems thinking from our Living Change Model 
  • Opportunities for mentorship and innovation coaching to support you on your path 

Who should consider applying?

Anyone looking to accelerate their commitment to good work, connect with like-minded peers, and broaden their platform for advocacy should apply. Our initial geographic focus for the network will likely skew to the UK, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S., but we encourage applications from across the globe.

We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds (global geographies, women, people of colour, low income communities, younger demographics (under 40s), LGBTQ, those who are disabled) and especially those with lived experience and those working in the four core challenge areas outlined below:

  • Skills and training: Programmes that equip people with the skills they need to weather oncoming technological trends or help them transition into the jobs of the future. 
  • Economic security: Initiatives that help workers, particularly those in the gig economy and other new forms of employment to grow and stabilise their incomes, or offer important protections such as sick pay and retirement planning. 
  • Worker voice: New kinds of trade unions, co-operatives, organisational forms or management practices that give people greater influence over their working conditions. 
  • Diversity and inclusion: Programmes that open-up good work to people on the margins of the economy, regardless of age, gender, race or mental and physical health conditions. 

How can I apply?

You can apply to join the Good Work Guild here.

The Guild is free for all RSA Fellows. Non-RSA Fellows will need to become a  Fellow of the RSA in order to join.  After applying to join the Good Work Guild, you’ll be sent a fast-track application form to become an RSA Fellow. On becoming a Fellow, there’s a one-off registration fee of £75 and an annual contribution of £182.

If you have any questions or queries, please email goodworkguild@thersa.org.

Network sponsors and anchor partners are also encouraged to join the Guild. To find out more about becoming a partner of the Good Work Guild, please email: alexa.clay@thersa.org

Application deadline

The application deadline is 15 May 2021, but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their membership in the network by 1 June at the latest. The network will kick-off with a virtual onboarding experience in late June 2021. Stay tuned for more details.  

The Future of Work

We want to make sure that everyone, regardless of background or starting point, can pursue good work.