Why does an ‘Imagination Deficit’ threaten the UK workforce?
The increasing use of AI and automation is changing the workforce landscape so dramatically that in just over a decade, 85% of people will be working in jobs that have not yet been invented.
Leaders from business and other sectors have come together to show support for a campaign, Imagination Matters, powered by the Institute of Imagination, which is championing the vital role imagination will play in creating new industries and enabling us to adapt to this uncertain but exciting future.
With almost half of 25 to 39 year-olds claiming to rarely or never use their imaginations and two in three people admitting to not using their imagination at work, it is clear how undervalued imagination is in UK workplaces.
The Imagination Matters campaign, which officially launches this week, sees business leaders (including Magnus Djaba, CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon UK Group and Aline Santos, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Unilever), join forces with household names (including Jacqueline Wilson and Goldie Hawn) and educationalists and thinkers (including Sir Ken Robinson, Carol Dweck, Pasi Sahlberg and Sugata Mitra) to highlight the importance of imagination in everyday life.
Ric Lewis, Chair of the Institute of Imagination, who are powering the campaign, said: “New ideas and great innovation always start with a leap of imagination. As we move beyond the Information Age towards an uncertain but exciting future, we need those sparks of imagination more than ever.
“Despite this, imagination has been neglected or mistaken as a childish indulgence for too long and people in their working lives are not using this powerful asset as much as they could or should be.
“We are calling on employers and educationalists to harness the power of imagination to ensure we can meet and grasp the opportunities of the future with confidence.”
Over the coming months, the campaign will explore eight further themes, including Empathy, Learning and Play and Rapid Change with contributions and debate from contributors as diverse as the Oscar award-winning Composer Hans Zimmer to Actor and founder of MindUp Foundation Goldie Hawn.