The Futures of Work in South Bend: Virtual Community Workshop


Location: Virtual

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The Pulte Institute for Global Development will be hosting a virtual workshop focusing on the futures of work in South Bend. This interactive workshop will be facilitated by Alessandro Fergnani, a Pulte Institute Policy & Practice Visiting Associate and PhD Candidate at NUS Business School. 

Designed with local stakeholders in mind, this workshop will allow participants to engage in an active discussion on how to prepare for the possible futures of work and develop foresight capabilities. The workshop will include:

  • an introduction to foresight methods, using scenarios to rethink or improve current strategies and policies participants may have in place;
  • rapid fire idea generation sessions using scenario immersion and wind tunneling techniques;
  • participatory dialogue using virtual breakout rooms.

Participants are encouraged to register as a team to encourage discussion and shared understanding within your organization. Individual participants are also welcome to register. Registration is required by Monday, November 30th. For more information about this event, please contact 


About the Facilitator


Alessandro Fergnani conducts research on corporate foresight, foresight methodologies, and the futures of work. He joined the Pulte Institute as a Policy & Practice Visiting Associate in 2020, during which he undertook a study to investigate possible future scenarios of work and the workforce globally, as well as the reverberations of such scenarios in the city of South Bend and surrounding areas.

The study engaged local grassroots leaders, academics, social workers, practitioners, and innovators in South Bend, with the aim to shed light on the most crucial concerns of actual practitioners with regards to the futures of work locally. These concerns framed the outcome of the study: six plausible yet provocative future scenarios of the futures of work. The aim of the study was to use these scenarios to foster futures thinking in the local community, enhance its resilience, and enable the development of its foresight capabilities. The findings of this study are available here. More information on the methodology used can be found here.

Alessandro is currently a PhD Candidate at the National University of Singapore Business School. His research has been published in Academy of Management Perspectives, Futures, Futures & Foresight Science, Foresight, and World Futures Review, among others.