The Future of Work Summit

October 26, 2016

For generations, the American experience involved going to school, getting an education, entering the workforce and having a career. Today, technological advancements, demographic shifts and the ever-changing economic landscape threaten to change the definition of work. Robots are replacing humans and lines of code are replacing bricks and mortar. Could these and other emerging trends signal the end of work as we know it?

The Atlantic hosted its inaugural Future of Work Summit, where we looked into the future and dove into strategies for America to fully address the opportunities and rising challenges we face in an era of increased automation and globalization.

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  • Wednesday, October 26
  • 9:00 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
    Abigail Carlton, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • 9:15 a.m.Are Robots Taking Our Jobs?Michael Chui, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
    With Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 9:35 a.m.Will Washington Lead or Follow?Bruce Reed, Co-Chair, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute 
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 9:55 a.m.Do We Need Work to Be Happy?Barry Schwartz, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College
    With Joie Chen, Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
  • 10:20 a.m.Is There a Future for Higher Education?Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Cheryl Hyman, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago 
    With Joie Chen, AtlanticLIVE
  • 10:45 a.m.Break-
  • 11:00 a.m.The Sharing EconomySara Horowitz, Executive Director and Founder, Freelancers Union
    Joseph Okpaku, Vice President of Government Relations, Lyft
    Arun Sundararajan, Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University 

    With Rebecca J. Rosen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic 
  • 11:25 a.m.Atlantic Video: "Will the Future of Work Be Different for Women and Men?"-
  • 11:30 a.m.Missing Men and the Future for WomenNicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
    Kristin Sharp, Executive Director, SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, New America
    With Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
  • 11:50 a.m.Income Without WorkScott Santens, Basic Income Recipient
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 12:10 p.m.Atlantic Video: “Body Doubles: A New Way to Work From Home” -
  • 12:15 p.m.How We WorkChristine Congdon, Editor, 360 Magazine, Steelcase
    Leah Reich, Senior User Researcher, Slack
    With Joie Chen, AtlanticLIVE
  • 12:35 p.m.Where We WorkDavid Fano, Chief Product Officer, WeWork
    With Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic
  • 12:55 p.m.When We WorkJason Fried, Founder and CEO, Basecamp
    With Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
  • 1:15 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE



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