Technology, Automation, Work & Extension

July 13, 2017
Whole Foods - Amazon

With rapidly changing advances in technology and automation, the nature of work is rapidly changing too. How will these changes impact jobs and the communities in which we live (and serve)?

As an example, Amazon’s recent move to purchase Whole Foods made headlines not only because the merger will impact how people shop for food, but also how people shop in general. With goals for increased efficiency, convenience, and personalized experiences, such business models stand to significantly impact traditional workforce and community development models. Given such challenges, how might we go about changing the way we partner with individuals, organizations, businesses and communities to secure and strengthen community vitality?

Read about the additional challenges we face on the OSU Extension CD Blog.

Submitted by Meghan Thoreau, County Extension Educator, Pickaway County.