Upcoming Events

September 7
Who Counts? Counting Workers in the Gig Economy
Erica Groshen, Former Head of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013-2017

The last time the BLS, which is the official counter of all things work related, surveyed the "contingent" workforce was in 2005.* This year they will do so again. A lot has changed since 2005, and we expect there to be a very different result this year. 

Dr. Groshen will explain why it has been so hard to count workers in this new economy, and what that means for how we think about economic policy.

* "Some people call jobs like these “gigs,” much like the Saturday night gigs your high school garage band played. At BLS we call these contingent or alternative employment arrangements. What do we mean by those terms? Contingent workers do not expect their jobs to last, or their jobs are temporary. Workers with alternative employment arrangements include independent contractors, on-call workers, or people who work through temporary help agencies or contract firms." - Bureau of Labor Statistics



October 12 
Digital Workers, Digital Organizing: Coworker.org
Michelle Miller, Co-founder, Coworker.org

While businesses have moved online successfully, we haven't yet figured out to create a digital labor movement.

Coworker.org has pioneered providing workers with a voice in the digital age by empowering IRL workers to organize themselves digitally. Their petitions have changed the lives of millions of workers around the world through self-organized campaigns for workplace change.

Co-founder Michelle Miller will talk about the opportunities and challenges for real-life workers and digital organizing in the future of work.



November 16
Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital Economy: Etsy
Althea Erickson, Head of Global Advocacy and Policy, Etsy

With nearly $3 billion in annual sales, Etsy has transformed artisanal goods into big business. More importantly, Etsy has created an opportunity for millions of people, but especially women who are 86% of sellers, to become entrepreneurs in the global digital economy.

Althea Erickson will explain how women have become global entrepreneurs through Etsy and what this means for the future of work.



December 7
The Future of Retail: Flexible Shift Work in the 21st Century
Eric Severson, former Co-CHRO & Senior Vice President, Gap Inc., Appointee, National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Q/A with Jose Davila '87, Management Consultant, Organization Design Specialist, Global Human Resources Executive, ArchPoint Group

Over the past twenty years, flexible shift workers (who make up about 1/3 of all workers) have become increasingly scheduled by algorithms. Software tells managers when and how much work to give employees. In the short-term, automated scheduling may boost profits, but in the long-run, it destroys morale--and possibly competitive advantage.

Eric Severson will explain how this happened, the implications of the change, and how to find the right balance between algorithmic efficiency and human needs in the workplace of the future.

How do we take shift work from vicious to virtuous?