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.
The Summit will feature an opening dialogue with:
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 – 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?
Working Online – 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?
Working in Radical Uncertainty – governments and business have taken extraordinary measures to protect jobs and incomes as estimates of working hour losses continue to rise. How can we build resilience for a more uncertain future?
Multi-stakeholder panel discussions on each of these three areas of change will be facilitated by the TASC Platform Co-chairs:
Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Cedric Dupont, Professor of International Relations/Political Science and President of Executive Education, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Discussions will be followed by breakout sessions hosted by members of the TASC Community from academia, business, civil-society and government.