Most economies have recovered from the global financial crisis of 2008, but the benefits of economic prosperity have not been equally distributed. Certain sectors, types of occupations and regions have thrived while others have not. Technological change is rapidly reshaping the nature of work, the skills that are needed, and the demands placed on social programs. As more people feel they’ve been left behind, resentments build and strain is put on a nation’s level of social cohesion.

At the most recent Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy, international and Canadian experts shared policy ideas for fostering inclusive prosperity. The insights and analysis they presented at the conference are shared in this feature series of articles.

Photo: The Meewasin Valley in Saskatoon by the Broadway Bridge over the South Saskatchewan River. Shutterstock/ By Scott Prokop