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WeWork and the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative Release Study About Major Trends Shaping Urban Work and Life

January 22, 2020 GMT

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 22, 2020--

Today, the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative and WeWork released the findings from their Future of Work and Cities Survey, a global research project designed to better understand the major trends shaping the 21st century, including urbanization, automation, and climate change, through the lens of people in cities who are experiencing them. While people in almost every city described their city as a thriving center of creativity, community, and family, one in three respondents say they are considering moving in the next two years.

The survey polled over 30,000 full- and part-time workers across 50 cities and 18 countries, including 7,500 respondents who are WeWork members. Despite expressing strong optimism about local economies, especially compared to their national outlook, respondents reported being frustrated by challenges like unaffordable housing, limited walkability, and lack of quality infrastructure.

“By virtue of the millions of people that live in cities, the future of work is, in large part, driven by the future of cities,” said Alastair Fitzpayne, the executive director of the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative. “This survey sheds light on the opportunities and challenges that cities across the U.S. and the world are facing today and into the future. Policymakers and business leaders should take note: There is work to be done to continue to make cities a place for all people to work and live. If these concerns are not met, the people who make up your city might decide to go live somewhere else.”

Key takeaways from the report include:

For more information and additional survey results, please visit futureofwork.wework.com.

About the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative

The Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative is a nonpartisan effort to identify concrete ways to address the challenges American workers and businesses face due to the changing nature of work in the 21st century. Established in 2015, the Initiative is driven by the leadership of Honorary Co-Chairs Senator Mark R. Warner and Purdue University President and former Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels, and Co-Chairs John Bridgeland and Bruce Reed. Executive Director Alastair Fitzpayne leads an Aspen Institute staff, based in Washington, D.C. To learn more, visit aspeninstitute.org/futureofwork.

About WeWork

WeWork provides members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. Its mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork has 625 locations in over 127 cities and 33 countries. Our 609,000 memberships represent global enterprises across multiple industries. We are committed to providing our members around the world with a better day at work for less.

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CONTACT: Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative

Erin McAlister,Erin.McAlister@aspeninstitute.org

WeWork

Julia Sullivan,julia.sullivan3@wework.com/press@wework.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENVIRONMENT COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY HUMAN RESOURCES URBAN PLANNING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SMALL BUSINESS OTHER CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

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