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In August 2021, Wikistrat and idoba partnered together to explore what changes and trends would shape the future of work and the workers in the mining industry, their impact, and ways to prepare for them in the upcoming decade


About the simulation



The mining industry is under pressure to change at a more rapid rate than ever before. This need to change is driven by external trends and movements, such as increased regulation as part of the transition to a low-carbon economy that many countries are pushing for, the rise in consumer awareness, and the shifting geopolitical landscape between China and the US.


However, it is also driven from within, by the increasing need for mining companies to compete with new sectors to attract top talent, the adaptation of the new technologies, and as a result, the need to invest more in training and upskilling the current workforce, and ever-existing operational pressures to reduce costs and increase productivity while at the same time maintain a safe and healthy working environment.


To explore how these external and internal drivers will combine and shape the future of work and the workers in the mining industry, Wikistrat and idoba have partnered to run an online simulation with the aim of exploring scenarios for the future of work in the mining industry, with the goal of understanding what the future holds for both the industry and its workers.





Map the main drivers that are likely to shape the future of work in the mining industry, and explore how they are likely to shape it

Identify the potential implications these drivers will have on the future of the industry’s workers


Provide recommendations for the industry on how to prepare for these changes and trends in the next decade


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The Crowd

In total, 28 participants from more than 13 countries took part in the simulation,
with more than 15 of them linked to the mining industry. As the crowd also included
professionals from academies, consulting, HR, and industries like tech and innovation,
energy, and more, there was a multidisciplinary discussion throughout the entire
simulation and across all categories.

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