Zukunft der Arbeit

Future of Work

Industry 4.0 and the Pursuit of Social Innovation

Industry 4.0 and the Pursuit of Social Innovation

YOU FIND THE LIVESTREAM AND OTHER VIDEOS OF THE CONFERENCE HERE.

Why exactly does Silicon Valley support an unconditional basic income? Why is that support seconded by ultra-liberal think tanks? And why are trade unions so strongly against the idea?

It is about more than just a basic income. Work and merit are becoming increasingly disassociated. Twenty-year-olds become billionaires overnight, Uber, despite having only 5,000 permanent employees, is worth USD 50 billion, and robots are taking on jobs formerly done by humans. Who will be paying my salary tomorrow – and what for?

Some of the most radical opinions on the subject are set to clash on 4 May 2016 at the GDI, the world’s foremost conference on the future of work. Those present will include:

Researchers and academics

  • Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor at MIT (Video-Interview)
  • Basic income expert Guy Standing, University of London
  • Bruno S. Frey, University of Basel, pioneer in cultural and industrial economics

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs

  • Investor Albert Wenger (Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, Kickstarter)
  • Natalie Foster, former Obama advisor and sharing economy expert (peers.org)
  • Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase

Politicians and civil society lawyers

  • Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Minister of Finance
  • Ville-Veikko Pulkka, representative of the Finnish government
  • Daniel Häni and Enno Schmidt, authors of the Swiss basic income initiative

Influential trade unionists

  • Andrew L. Stern, “the most important labour boss in America” (CBS)
  • Vania Alleva, President of Unia

The event is a cooperation between Neopolis and GDI with a number of other renowned think tanks: the Roosevelt Institute, the CATO Institute, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, The Royal Society of Arts, first world development and the Institute for the Future.

Programme

08.30
Welcome Coffee

09.00
Welcome
David Bosshart (CH), CEO, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Introduction into the Topic – Swiss Perspective

09.50
Introduction
Albert Wenger (USA), Union Square Ventures
Armin Steuernagel (DE), Purpose Foundation
Social Policy 4.0 – International Perspective

10.15
Keynote
Bruno S. Frey (CH), Economist, University of Basel
Direct Democracy as a Society Tool

10.30
Keynote
Robert Johnson (USA), Institute for New Economic Thinking
Responses to the Technology Revolution – Basic Income as a Fundamental Paradigm Shift

10.50
Networking Break

11.20
Conference Room 
Panel: Basic Income Experiments – an Overview
Guy Standing (UK), London University
Michael Faye (USA), GiveDirectly
Ville-Veikko Pulkka (FI), Kela, Social Insurance Institution of Finland
Amira Yehia (DE), Mein Grundeinkommen
Moderator: John Thornhill (UK), Financial Times

Bibliothek
Keynote
Enno Schmidt (DE/CH), Author and Initiator of the Popular Petition for a Basic Income in Switzerland
Unconditionality - the Cultural Dimension of Basic Income (German)

Keynote
Rick Wartzmann (USA), Drucker Institute
History of Guaranteed Annual Wage and Income

12.15
Conference Room
Panel: Basic Income - Beyond Left and Right?
Michael Tanner (USA), CATO Institute
Daniel J. Mitchell (USA), CATO Institute
Robert B. Reich (USA), University of California, Berkley
Reiner Eichenberger (CH), Economist
Moderator: Alexandra Borchardt (DE), Süddeutsche Zeitung

Bibliothek
Panel: Die Zukunft der Arbeit (German)
Daniel Häni (CH), Entrepreneur and Co-Initiator of the Popular Petition for a Basic Income in Switzerland
Dirk Helbing (CH), Professor ETH
Albert Wenger (USA), Union Square Ventures
Myke Näf (CH), Doodle
Moderator: Börries Hornemann (DE), Neopolis Network

13.00
Networking Lunch

14.30
Entrepreneurs Panel: Disrupting Work
Albert Wenger (USA), Union Square Ventures
Natalie Foster (USA), peers.org
Robin Chase (USA), Zipcar
Betsy Masiello (USA), Uber
Moderator: John Thornhill (UK), Financial Times

15.30
Keynote
Robert B. Reich (USA), University of California, Berkley
Technological Change and the Inevitability of UBI

15.55
Panel with Keynote: Labor Panel – Future of Trade Unions and Social Security
Andrew Stern (USA), SEIU Trade Union
Nell Abernathy (USA), Roosevelt Institute
Vania Alleva (CH), Unia Trade Union
Dorian Warren (USA), Center for Community Change
Moderator: Alexandra Borchardt (DE), Süddeutsche Zeitung

16.50
Networking Break

17.20
Live transmission
Erik Brynjolfsson (USA), Professor MIT

17.35
Trailer
What’s Wrong with a Free Lunch?
Christian Tod (AT), Golden Girls

17.45
Keynote
Anthony Painter (UK), Royal Society of Arts
Creative Citizen, Creative State: The Principle and Pragmatic Case for a Basic Income

18.05
Keynote
Yanis Varoufakis (GRE), former Greek Minister of Finance         
When Does a Society Become Social?

18.40
Apéritif

Speakers
Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1993 until 1997, Reich was U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. The bestselling author is a global thought leader on the future of work.

Natalie Foster

Natalie Foster

Founder of peers.org. Foster has transformed and run some of the largest digital teams in the country, including President Obama’s successful effort of pass health reform, and built two organizations from scratch, i.a. "Peers.org", the world’s largest independent sharing economy community.

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Greek Minister of Finance in 2015. He is a leading participant in the current debates on the global and European crisis. Further he is Professor at the University of Athens and in Texas and Stockholm.

Erik Bryn Jolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson

Professor of Management at the MIT and the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He is known for his contributions to the world of IT Productivity research and work on the economics of information more generally. Author of "The Second Maschine Age".

Robin Chase

Robin Chase

Co-Founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing company. She is also the Founder and former CEO of Buzzcar and others. She authored the book, Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.

Albert Wenger

Albert Wenger

Partner at Union Square Ventures (USV), a New York-based early stage VC firm focused on investing in disruptive networks. USV portfolio companies include: Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, Kickstarter and Shapeways.

Nell Abernathy

Nell Abernathy

Director of Programs at the Roosevelt Institute. Abernathy focuses her own work on economic issues, including financial regulation and the gig economy. Nell developed and managed the Inequality Project and coauthored “Rewriting the Rules” with Joseph Stiglitz.

Michael Tanner

Michael D. Tanner

Cato Institute Senior Fellow Michael Tanner heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on poverty and social welfare policy, health care reform, and social security. Tanner is the author of numerous books on public policy.

Daniel Häni

Daniel Häni

Entrepreneur, Co-founder of "unternehmen mitte", the largest coffee-house in Switzerland. Co-initiator of the popular petition for a basic income in Switzerland. In 2013, the petition was successfully submitted with 126,000 signatures. It triggered worldwide media attention.

Myke Näf

Myke Näf

Co-founder and former CEO of "Doodle", one of the most succesful Start-Ups in Switzerland and the world's most used event scheduling-plattform. The website counts 15 million user per day. Since 2014 he supports several start-ups as early-stage investor and sparring partner.

Armin Steuernagel

Armin Steuernagel

is economist and co-founder of several start-ups in e-commerce and food sector, active in 20 countries. He is member of the Think Tank 30 of the Club of Rome and president of Purpose Foundation that researches ownership and investment forms fitting for the 21st century economy.

Betsy Masiello

Betsy Masiello

Director of Public Policy & Economics at Uber. Prior she spent seven years at Google where she led public policy strategies. Before Google, Betsy was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Guy Standing

Guy Standing

Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath. He has written widely in the areas of labor economics, labor market policy, unemployment and social protection. He is Co-Founder of the Basic Income Earth Network.

Daniel Mitchell

Daniel J. Mitchell

Senior fellow who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform. Prior to joining Cato, Mitchell was a senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation. Dan earned a PhD in economics from George Mason University.

Michael Faye

Michael Faye

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of GiveDirectly and Co-Founder and President of Segovia Technology. Michael has worked in a variety of contexts including the United Nations and McKinsey. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 leading global thinkers.

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and Senior Fellow at Roosevelt Institute. He was previously a managing director at Soros Fund Management and served on the UN's Commission on International Monetary Reform.

Dorian Warren

Dorian T. Warren

Fellow am Roosevelt-Institute und Vorstandsvorsitzender des Center for Community Change. Er ist Host und Produzent von «Nerding Out», der digitalen Plattform von MSNBC. Er lehrt an der University of Chicago und der Columbia University und arbeitet als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institute for Research in African-American Studies.

Ville Veikko Pulkka

Ville-Veikko Pulkka

Social and public policy researcher, Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA), Helsinki, Finland. He does basic income research at KELA and a dissertation research on digital working life at University of Helsinki.

Bruno Frey

Bruno S. Frey

ranked to be one of the most influencial economicts globally and most highly cited Researchers. He is known as a pioneer of economic policy theory,happiness economics and cultural economics.

Dirk Helbing

Dirk Helbing

Professor of Computational Social Science at ETH Zurich, who specialises in issues of decision-making in complex systems.

Enno Schmidt

Enno Schmidt

Artist. He studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and lives and works in Basel. In 2006 he founded and authored the initiative for Basic Income in Switzerland. Therefore on June 5th 2016, a referendum on the introduction of an Unconditional Basic Income in Switzerland will be held.

Rick Wartzman

Rick Wartzman

Journalist for The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, where he helped shape “The Wal-Mart Effect,” which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. As Executive Director at the Drucker Institute, Rick has written about management and leadership.

Amira Yehia

Amira Yehia

Managing Director of the German initiative Mein Grundeinkommen. The team around her fundraises money via different channels and tools, in order to raffle it out in the form of actual basic incomes. Already 37 times someone received 1.000 € per month for a year.

Andrew L. Stern

Andrew L. Stern

Former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He is currently a Senior Fellow at Columbia University and has been described by CBS News as the "most important labor boss in America."

Vania Alleva

Vania Alleva

Vice President of the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions and President of Unia, the largest trade union in Switzerland. Alleva is co-author of the 2012 book Verkannte Arbeit. Dienstleistungsangestellte in der Schweiz (Unrecognised work: service employees in Switzerland).

Anthony Painter

Anthony Painter

Director of Policy and Strategy at the RSA. In his work on policy development, he focuses on a range of policy issues including the impact of new technology on the economy and society. He previously worked with Google, BBC and the Metropolitan Police.

David Bosshart

David Bosshart

Dr. David Bosshart is CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies. He holds a PhD in philosophy, is the author of numerous international publications and a worldwide sought-after speaker. His work focuses on the future of consumption, societal transformation, digitisation, management and culture, globalisation and political philosophy.

Information

Date
4 May 2016

Price

Full price: 970 CHF

The conference fee includes all food and beverages. Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.

Event Location
GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon

Language
German/English (simultaneous interpretation)

Program modification
The program is not legally binding and is subject to change.

Cancellation
If you are unable to attend, please let us have your cancellation in writing. The fee will be reimbursed until 15 April. After this term and until five full working days prior to the event we will charge 75% of the fee. In the event of later cancellations we will charge the full participation fee. Substitute participants welcome, please announce to: futureofwork@gdi.ch).

Hotel reservation
To benefit from special rates, please use the following email adresses and refer to the following code: FOW2016
Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil: info@sedartis.ch

Transport
There will be a free shuttle service between the GDI and the Hotel Sedartis Thalwil and Thalwil train station.