The demands of the New York workforce are evolving. The tech and health industries have growing employment needs. The skilled workforce for these jobs does not yet meet the demand. Job growth in lower-paying industries reinforces underemployment issues.

One thing is clear: how New York City collaborates to create opportunities for career advancement, living wages, and a reimagining of workforce development will define the future of work.


The Partnership for Innovation for the Future of Work in New York City
In partnership with Barclays

As the public, private, and civic sectors work to create good jobs for all New Yorkers, social innovators will play a pivotal role in defining the future of work in the City. Echoing Green and Barclays are collaborating to bring social innovators and their ideas to the table.

Ideas on the Future of Work, from the Workforce of the Future

Who better to support and spur into action than the innovators of tomorrow? The Future of Work Social Innovation Challenge invites young people in NYC to pitch their big ideas to expert panels. Learn more ⇣

Cross-Sector Leadership for
City-Wide Solutions

As the public, private, and civic sectors work to create good jobs for all, social innovators will play a pivotal role in defining the future of work in the City. This partnership will bring everyone’s perspective to the table. Learn more ⇣

Work and Progress: Workforce Development Now

The future is here, and social innovators in New York are testing new ideas and taking action. This series of talks features Echoing Green Fellows and their bold work impacting the city of tomorrow, today. Learn more ⇣

The Future of Work
Social Innovation Challenge

MAY 9, 2018, 5–7pm | RISE NEW YORK, 43 W 23RD ST, NY

Join Echoing Green, Barclays, and Smart Cities New York to hear next-generation social innovators pitch their ideas for the future of work in New York City for a chance to win a prize valued at $5,000.

Enjoy happy hour, pitches, and a brief program -- and get inspired by new thinking. Don't miss this free event to hear from industry leaders about social innovation and transforming work as we know it to build equitable cities.


Change Up: How Will New York City
Define the Future of Work?

Join us as we convene leaders across sectors to share solutions at the intersection of the future of work and social innovation.

Over the past several months, Echoing Green Fellows and Alumni have come together for a series of discussions on the key challenges and opportunities facing New York City and the future of work. Working in collaboration with other experts and partners, we’ve identified clear opportunities for systemic social change to help shape a future of work for New Yorkers that is both inclusive and equitable.

Our culminating Change Up conversation will be an interactive event that convenes social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business leaders, public officials, investors, and more to listen, learn, and respond to big questions. Join us on September 18, where we will share recommendations for the “future of work” in NYC and invite all participants to contribute to a roadmap to make these plans a reality.


Up Next: Solutions in Workforce Development

UpStart is an up-close and inspiring discussion series about solutions in context.

Join our Fellows in conversation with special guests from the field to explore their bold ideas for social change, and why their work matters today, to you, and to the world.

Learn about our monthly UpStart series.

Yscaira's UpStart

Yscaira Jimenez


April 11, 2018
Jordyn's UpStart

Jordyn Lexton

Drive Change

May 23, 2018