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#Tascplatform
Friday
04
December
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THE FUTURE OF WORK SUMMIT

TASC Platform supported by the Government of Switzerland and the Center for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI), Graduate Institute
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Followed by a virtual reception

The second Future of Work Summit will encourage the international community to think ahead from crisis to change. This interactive, vistual event will bring together leaders, experts and practitioners from across sectors, in Geneva and beyond. Join us to connect, exchange and think ahead after a year that has transformed the Future of Work.

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A Year that has Transformed the Future of Work

The Future of Work is facing massive, simultaneous, and interconnected disruptions, made more acute by the impacts of COVID-19. Work has moved online at an incredible pace, demonstrating our capacity for technology and behaviour change at speed and scale. At the same time, the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on essential and vulnerable workers has exposed systemic weakness, the limits of technology, and the unique importance of our humanity. 

Thinking Ahead from Crisis to Change

In this context, the second Future of Work Summit will encourage the international community to think ahead from crisis to change. This interactive, virtual event will bring together leaders, experts and practitioners from across sectors, in Geneva and beyond, to explore the unprecedented changes to work as we know it over the course of 2020 and their implications for the future. 

EVENT FORMAT

As a launch event for the new Thinking Ahead on Societal Change (TASC) Platform, the Summit will be framed around three areas of change that have been accelerated and amplified by Covid-19: Working on the Frontline; Working Online; and Working in Radical Uncertainty. Each will feature a panel discussion and a selection of breakout sessions hosted by members of the TASC Community. 
Our virtual event hub allows participants to access information, explore content, meet the community and contribute to the conversation – before, during and after the live event.

Join us HERE
 

AGENDA

 

09:00 CET 

Welcome

  • Kitrhona Cerri, Executive Director, TASC Platform 
  • Richard Baldwin, Co-Chair, TASC Platform | Professor of International Economics, The Graduate Institute Geneva 
  • Cédric Dupont, Co-Chair, TASC Platform | President of Executive Education and Professor of International Relations/Political Science, The Graduate Institute Geneva

9:15 - 10:15 CET


Opening Plenary

  • Marie-Laure Salles, Director, The Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
  • Boris Zürcher, Head, Labour Affairs Directorate, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland 

10:30 - 12:10 CET


Change 1 - Working on the Frontline: A more human future 
Many roles where workers are required to be physically present are undervalued and precarious, yet essential for a well-functioning society and economy. How should we value a more human future? 

Panelists: 

  • Christy Hoffman, General Secretary, UNI Global Union
  • Jochen Menges, Professor of Leadership and Human Resource Management, University of Zurich and University of Cambridge
  • Arianna Rossi, Senior Research and Policy Specialist, Better Work Program, ILO/IFC 
  • Sobhi Tawil, Director, Future of Learning and Innovation, UNESCO

Breakouts hosted by: 

  • GAN Global - The role of Work-Based Learning for ‘a more human future of work’
  • Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights - A chain is only as strong as its weakest link: mitigating human rights risks for the informal workforce at the frontlines in global supply chains 
  • Public Services International - Message from the Future: Revaluing essential workers and rebuilding our public services
  • University of Zurich Center for Leadership in the Future of Work - Leading the future: the ‘global HR valley’ ecosystem

13:00 - 14:40 CET


Change 2 - Working Online: A more virtual future 
The shift to remote and platform work has happened faster and at a larger scale than we expected. What can we expect from a more virtual future?

Panelists: 

Breakouts hosted by: 

  • Adecco and PWC - Bridging Divides for Shared Prosperity 
  • Geneva Macro Labs and Nesta - Using new tools in the digital age: Supporting job transitions and informing skills policy

15:00 - 16:40 CET


Change 3 – Working with Radical Uncertainty: A less predictable future 
Extraordinary measures have been taken to protect jobs and incomes as estimates of working hour losses continue to rise. How can we build resilience for a more uncertain future?

Panelists: 

Breakouts hosted by:

  • Adecco - Solving the skills mismatch with AI and data
  • VITRA - Understanding Signals 
  • World Economic Forum - Navigating Radical Uncertainty with Strategic Intelligence

17:00 - 17:30 CET


Aspirations for the Future of Work 
A final set of breakout sessions featuring perspectives and experiences from students and young professionals. 

Breakouts hosted by: 

  • Swissnex - Picture the Future of Work: Drawing Inspiration from Kids
  • Foraus - Granting Everyone a Seat at the Table: Democratizing Decision-Making with Policy Kitchen
  • JustJobs Network - “Small City Dreaming” - Stories of youth, work, and aspiration from beyond the metropolis
  • The TASC Future Leaders - Perspectives, predictions and aspirations from our Future Leaders

17:30 - 18:00 CET


Closing Plenary 
Final take-aways on insights from the day, emerging issues and themes, and ideas to be further explored and taken forward.

  • Kitrhona Cerri, Executive Director, TASC Platform 
  • Richard Baldwin, Co-Chair, TASC Platform | Professor of International Economics, The Graduate Institute Geneva 
  • Cédric Dupont, Co-Chair, TASC Platform | President of Executive Education and Professor of International Relations/Political Science, The Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Jordan Topoleski, Global ‘CEO for 1 Month’, Adecco 
  • The TASC Future Leaders 

18:00 - 19:00 CET 


Virtual reception

Help yourself to a refreshment and join us for a virtual networking session to close the day. Meet in small groups for short, informal conversations with hosts, panelists and participants from the event.