The Future of Work

Conference, Science, Roma/online

Dispute series
Entrance: Via Liguria 20

Conference, Science

Dispute series
Entrance: Via Liguria 20

The conference will be held in English and it can be followed also online.
Register here to attend in person in Rome – link to be defined. 
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Opportunities and Challenges for the Future of Work

Covid-19 demonstrated that change is needed to address not only an unexpected virus, but also the long-term transformations that have occupied our minds and behaviors for years. In fact, nothing particularly new was brought to the table during the pandemic, but the clarity with which the virus revealed some key problems in our society was striking. Steadily rising social inequalities, digitalization and the impact of technology on our daily lives, as well as climate change, pose significant challenges that, if no action is taken, risk impacting future generations. The decisions and actions that we take today will define tomorrow’s society.

At the backdrop of these developments, Istituto Svizzero and the Swiss Embassy in Italy, in collaboration with the University of Lausanne and the LUISS University of Rome, are inviting a discussion on current trends in the field of work, focusing on changes in labour markets, education and labour relations. The initiative is part of the ongoing DISPUTE series, which provides a platform of exchange on the globalization and the future of our societies. By introducing a new topic every year, the forum aims to strengthen civic participation and public debate.

This year’s edition puts the future of work up for debate. Significant advances in the development of new technologies, the global integration of markets and steadily increasing economic growth have led to a significant rise in living standards worldwide. Similarly, the move towards adequate labour protection since industrialization has contributed to more balanced labour relations and better working conditions. However, despite these achievements, there is still much work to be done. Globalization contributes to an unhinged polarization of labour markets; the automation of some tasks puts jobs at risk, while creating new opportunities in other areas. In addition, gender biases continue to influence economic structures, thus perpetuating an imbalance in professional opportunities and recognition.

Major transformations are on the horizon therefore. What concepts and strategies will lead to a future that works for all? What actions do we have to take now to make a difference tomorrow? Together with politicians, scholars, state representatives and labour movements, citizens have the chance to participate in an informed discussion with experienced specialists who can give a glimpse into a future of work that has yet to be written. The conference will be accompanied by two commentators, whose role is to highlight important themes and arguments in wrap-up sessions following each panel.

The conference will focus on four different fields of interest:

Globalization and The Future of Labour

Digitalization and The Future of Labour

Sustainability and The Future of Labour

Dignity and The Future of Labour

In accordance with current regulations, the public is required to present a Covid Green Certificate at the entrance in order to access the event. This includes one of the following:

  • • You have received the anti-COVID-19 vaccination, with proof that you have received the first dose of vaccine at least 15 days previously or that you have completed the vaccination cycle;
  • • Recovery from COVID-19 within 6 months prior to the date of the event;
  • • Present a rapid antigenic or molecular test with a negative result within 48 hours prior to admission.

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