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Social Enterprises of the Future

Social Enterprises of the Future represents a new collaborative platform to shape the future of inclusion of people with disabilities in the United States labor market. Through this initiative, SourceAmerica is convening representatives from the disability community, along with the public, private and social sectors to design, recommend and implement interventions in response to trends affecting employment and the disability community. Social Enterprises of the Future is a fully inclusive initiative, with equal participation by people with disabilities.

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The Future of Work and the Disability Community

Executive Summary

The nature of work is changing worldwide. Technology, globalization and urbanization are contributing to a shifting employment landscape. Uncertainty about the future is fueling ongoing debate regarding potential outcomes for the labor force. This narrative is commonly referred to as "the future of work." Despite a growing body of knowledge on this topic, little to no attention is paid to historically marginalized populations such as people with disabilities. This report draws attention to how universal trends may impact the future employment of people with disabilities in the United States. Read the full summary.

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Social Enterprises of the Future: A Collective Response

Executive Summary

Social Enterprises of the Future: A Collective Response outlines our methodology and the path forward. Social Enterprises of the Future is rooted in design thinking principles. Therefore, success is dependent on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the design of interventions that meet their aspirations for the future. We must strive to develop testable prototypes that maximize learning and incorporate feedback into the innovation process. As the initiative evolves, it will be essential to include the diverse perspectives of representatives across the public, private and social sectors to guide the design process. The framework we developed during the original phase of this initiative and our first set of outputs reflect an evolution within the disability community.  Read the full summary.