World Futures Studies Federation WFSF:
Washington D.C., 2 April 2023 — The new research by the Alternative Planetary Futures Institute (ApFi) (www.apfi.us) indicates that achieving a no-human-work economy and an all activist society would require significant changes in social, economic, and political structures, as well as advancements in technology and automation.
While it may not be feasible or desirable to completely eliminate human work, there are steps that can be taken towards creating a more equitable and just society:
Universal Basic Income: One way to ensure that everyone has access to basic needs without relying on employment is through the implementation of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). This would provide a regular stipend to all citizens, regardless of their employment status. It could help to eliminate poverty and provide a safety net for those who are unable to work.
Automation and Robotics: As technology continues to advance, there will be more opportunities to automate tasks and reduce the need for human labor. Governments and businesses can invest in research and development of automation and robotics technology to increase efficiency and productivity, while reducing the need for human work.
Reduced Working Hours: Another way to create a more equitable society is to reduce the number of working hours required of employees. This could be done by implementing a shorter workweek or a shorter workday. This would allow people to have more time for leisure, education, and activism, while still being able to earn a living wage.
Co-Operatives and Democratic Workplaces: In a no-human-work economy, it may be possible to create a system of co-operatives and democratic workplaces, where workers collectively own and operate the means of production. This would ensure that workers have a say in the decision-making processes and that the benefits of their labor are shared equally.
Education and Activism: Creating an all activist society would require a culture shift towards valuing activism and community involvement. Education systems could place more emphasis on civic engagement and activism, and encourage students to become involved in their communities. Governments and businesses could also create incentives for activism, such as paid time off for community service or volunteer work.