Proximity to Workers
Investments in innovation for workers should meet workers where they are, and acknowledge who they are. That’s why our team is a majority first-generation, queer, people of color, and why our investments are made largely in leaders of color.
Innovation for Workers
Innovation should be used to introduce or transform ideas that make all workers safe, healthy, and secure.
Innovation by Workers
Any and all innovation for workers should be driven by workers. Period.
Inclusion of Workers
Labor laws, rights, and protections should include and extend to all workers everywhere.
Power for Workers
Workers should be the primary drivers of economics, politics, and culture in our society.
We invest in a national network of leaders (i.e., innovators) to test their new ideas, learn from them, and share those learnings with the field.
Through our Design Sprints methodology we move quickly to leverage our understanding of worker challenges, convene our extensive network, and then collaborate to create a solution we can integrate and test with workers.
Do you have a new idea that can address challenges being faced by workers? We are looking for new ideas from people like you. We especially welcome innovators of color, women, and LGBTQ+ innovators to apply for the Innovation Fund or pitch your idea for our next investment. Submit your ideas here.
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As part of our commitment to ensuring workers inform every aspect of our work, we conducted interviews with participants from a 2021 test of the platform.Learn More →
Our donors understand the power of promising new ideas, and they value our focus on innovation, our willingness to take risks, and our ability to forge partnerships across sectors. Together, we are transforming the landscape for workers.
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The Workers Lab serves as a vehicle for the entire field of worker advocates to collaborate, explore, and experiment with new ideas for workers.
From our unique position as a convener of unlikely allies, and as an organization led by majority first-generation, queer, people of color, we have a critical perspective and insights on the future of work and what workers need.