The Future of Jobs and Work

TUE, NOV 14, 2017 (50:45)

The 7th annual WGBH Innovation IdeaLab talk on the Future of Jobs and Work features MIT’s Andrew McAfee, National Domestic Worker Alliance’s Palak Shah, and New America’s Kristin Sharp

In November 2017, the Innovation IdeaLab explored new ideas from thought leaders, scientists and grassroots activists presenting to WGBH documentary producers from national television programs, children’s programs, digital initiatives, radio/broadband series, independent public media producers and interested foundation representatives.

Day One began with The Brain Beat: Building Children’s Brains, moderated by journalist Arun Rath.

Day Two offered sessions on the Future of Nature, Future of Work, Future of Equity: Engaging New Voices, and Future of Cities, moderated by journalists Miles O’Brien and Kara Miller.

+ BIO: Kristin Sharp

Kristin Sharp directs New America’s Initiative on Work, Workers, and Technology. In 2016, she co-founded and ran Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, a joint project of New America and Bloomberg.

Prior to launching Shift, she had an extensive career in technology, innovation, and national security policy in the U.S. Senate, most recently serving as deputy chief of staff to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), and the architect of his initiative examining the impact of the on-demand economy and contingent workforce on capitalism.

+ BIO: Palak Shah

Palak Shah is the Social Innovations Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Founding Director of Fair Care Labs, the innovation arm of the domestic worker movement. Palak leads NDWA’s national strategy on raising market norms and standards, partnering with the private sector, and building scalable and sustainable business ventures. NDWA is the nation’s leading organization working for the power, respect, and fair labor standards for the 2.5 million nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in the U.S.

+ BIO: Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee received his Doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT. He is currently a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a fellow at the Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

McAfee coined the phrase "Enterprise 2.0" in a spring 2006 Sloan Management Review article to describe the use of Web 2.0 tools and approaches by businesses. His book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges, studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects businesses and business as a whole.

McAfee is the author or co-author of more than fifteen scholarly articles and ninety case studies for students and teachers of technology. He speaks frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.

In 2008 McAfee was named by the editors of the technical publishing house Ziff-Davis number 38 in their list of the "100 Most Influential People in IT."

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