According to a study by the Institute for the Future (IFTF), 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not yet been created. This means that the vast majority of high school and college graduates today are being trained for jobs that may no longer exist within a couple of years. And we see this phenomenon with alarming frequency: automation and technological innovation has reduced the need for human labor in the US. Go into a CVS and you will notice that human registers have mostly been replaced by scanners and self-checkout machines. Enter McDonald’s and order your custom burger and pay through a digital kiosk, then walk up to the counter with your printout to pick up your order.
Nick and I grew up in the midwest–he in Wisconsin and I in Michigan. We have witnessed the tremendous economic struggles of our communities due to the financial crisis and wanted to come up with a solution. We were both privileged to attend Harvard, where we met, and to have had jobs that took us around the world, to China, Tunisia, Kenya, Argentina, and many other countries. As we witnessed the interconnectedness of the global economy, we thought deeper about solutions for future-proofing American workers.
The solution does not seem to be government sanctions against foreign companies–most of the jobs lost are not being off-shored; rather, they are being automated. The solution, we realized, might come from a solution that thinks more expansively. We saw a global labor market in which Americans are not simply working for a local manufacturer. With modern tools, they would be able to work remotely for any country in the world. Americans have skills that are highly-prized in global economies, including the ability to communicate natively in American English.
We live in an era in which the freedom of movement of ideas is easy, but it still remains difficult to move people. People are less mobile because of visas and other political barriers, but more importantly, people do not want to move away from their families and communities. And in an ideal world, they should not have to. There should be jobs that are created in all communities, and opportunities for everyone, so long as they are willing to work.
This is why we founded Alariss, which enables foreign enterprises to hire American talent. We want to bring jobs back to the region in a way that is more globally beneficial and efficient. In an age in which outsourcing is often met with outrage, and job loss due to automation is acute, now more than ever, there is a need for better remote work and distribution of wages and labor, and better international relations. Our hope is that we can provide a win-win solution, so that American workers continue to do things that only they can do, and can be compensated for their labor. We also want to provide a better strategy for global expansion and for businesses to enter new markets.
As we see it, the future of work is global, but all global business is done locally.