Brave New Work Newsletter #3
Five big things we learned at Brave New Work Conference and AI anxietyFriday August 16, 2019
How are automation, robotics and AI affecting how people earn their living and forge their identities? Hear CEO Edward Greenspon’s speech at our #PPFAwards on April 11.
Gaps in Canada’s Employment Insurance program are already leaving too many workers behind as gig work, part-time jobs and self-employment grow. EI needs to be modernized now to support Canadians as they transition to an economy and labour market disrupted by technology and automation. Read the report.
This is the second of five reports in our Key Issues Series to be released this spring. The first looked at lifelong learning and others will look at issues such as precarious work, automation and populism.
Join thought-provoking discussions with leaders and thinkers about turning a time of disruption into a rich opportunity for prosperity and inclusive growth. See Deloitte’s John Hagel, Carleton University professor Jennifer Robson, the Centre for Future Work’s Jim Stanford, PPF Future of Work Advisory Council Chair Ilse Treurnicht, the Manhattan Institute’s Oren Cass, Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellow Danielle Olson and others shaping good policy.
Emerging leaders from the Toronto Chapter of the Banff Forum gathered to discuss who is missing from Canadians’ dialogue about the new world of work? They came up with a clear set of guiding principles and recommendations for policymakers. Read their principles.
When more than 600 people in a Cape Breton call centre were laid off in late 2018 there was an outpouring of support from the community and extensive media coverage. Yet little was made of the layoffs as a gender issue. Read more.
The Public Policy Forum is seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated policy professional to join our dynamic and growing policy team as a Policy Lead. Working in support of PPF’s mission and mandate, this position is responsible for leading research and the project management for initiatives related primarily to the changing nature of work. Please share with your network – deadline to apply is May 13.
Send your feedback to Marlena Flick.
The Public Policy Forum has embarked on a three-year research exploration called Brave New Work: Getting Ready for Canada’s Jobs Future, in which we are seeking to understand not just what is going on but what we can do about it. Nobody knows precisely how the future of work will unfold. What we know is that times have changed and that policies designed during an era of stability will need to be rethought.
We are asking questions such as:
This is serious stuff, so it will be all hands on deck. PPF will work with all orders of government, employers, unions, learning institutions, NGOs, Indigenous groups and employees themselves to sort out everyone’s respective responsibilities. We proceed from a precautionary principle: prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Smart reforms can only make for a better labour market system in either case. As a research institute with a broad base, we feel well positioned to play a central role on this topic. It’s one of the great policy challenges of our times.
We hope you will come along on our Brave New Work journey by engaging in our research, attending our launch conference on June 26 in Toronto, and by challenging each other to surface the best solutions.