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Fossil Foundation, Pearson, Accenture, and Unreasonable Group launch collaboration to redesign the new economy

Fossil Foundation, Pearson, and Accenture’s The Dock have joined the Unreasonable Group to launch Unreasonable FUTURE — a bold multi-year initiative that brings together disruptive innovators and entrepreneurs to design a future in which people and technology work side-by-side to solve workplace challenges and unlock human potential everywhere.

“Addressing the global wealth gap is one of the grand challenges of our time, and with the very nature of jobs on the cusp of drastic change, we must find a way to ensure the workplace of tomorrow is inclusive and equitable” Daniel Epstein, founder and CEO of Unreasonable Group said. “Unreasonable FUTURE will bring together a hand-picked portfolio of entrepreneurs leveraging advanced technologies to ensure future generations thrive in the new economy. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with Fossil Foundation, Pearson, and Accenture’s The Dock to help design a future that will work for everyone.”

The hand-picked selection of ventures will include companies creating the future of learning and up-skilling so that underserved youth and those whose jobs are being replaced by technology will find pathways to new opportunities in the digital era. The portfolio also includes entrepreneurs using disruptive technologies to develop human potential in the workplace of tomorrow. By bringing them together, the goal is to rewrite the narrative of what it means for all humans to thrive in a new, more equitable economy.

“We’re on a mission to unleash the power of underserved youth. During this time of rapid technological and economic change, we have an opportunity to co-design a future in which youth thrive in new ways,” Janiece Evans-Page, VP of Fossil Group Global Philanthropy and Sustainability said. “Unreasonable Future will help reshape the pathways whereby youth learn, work and succeed, with a goal of impacting one million young lives by 2021.”

“Preparing people for the jobs of the future is critical to Pearson’s mission of helping everyone make progress in their lives through learning,” said Jennifer Young, Director of Innovation and Partnerships at Pearson. "We’re excited to take on this challenge together with Unreasonable Group, The Fossil Foundation and Accenture's The Dock to equip millions of learners worldwide with the skills, knowledge and insights needed to prepare them for the future of work."

“We live in unprecedented times. Advances in technology are transforming the way in which we work and live and jobs are evolving at speed. As intelligent systems and machines reshape the nature of work, people will need entirely new skill sets,” Ryan Shanks, Managing Director, Accenture’s The Dock, said. “It’s a race between education and technology. We have a responsibility to create an inclusive future of work and so I am delighted that The Dock, together with Accenture’s Talent & Organization practice, is now working with the Unreasonable Future team to build a future where people gain the motivation, means and opportunity to thrive in a digital economy.”

The first Unreasonable FUTURE program will take place from March 27 - April 7, at a private venue outside of San Jose, California. A full list of ventures, mentors, and specialists participating in Unreasonable FUTURE can be found here. Additional details about the program can be found on the website.

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