The Future of Work

TUE, OCT 30, 2018 (1:25:33)

The 2018 Innovation IdeaLab focuses on The Changemakers and convenes experts at WGBH to plant new stories for public media makers, with sessions ranging from “Saving Nature, Saving Ourselves”; to “The Future of Work”; and “Designing Green and Equitable Communities”. In This Session: » Greg Asbed, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; MacArthur Fellow » Rodney Foxworth, Executive Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies » Krisztina “Z” Holly, Founder, MAKE IT IN LA; Host, The Art of Manufacturing Podcast » Byron Auguste, CEO & Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work

+ BIO: Greg Asbed

Greg Asbed is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow and a co-founder of the Fair Food Program (FFP) and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model, a breakthrough approach to verifiable corporate accountability recognized by observers from the United Nations to the White House for its unique effectiveness in combatting forced labor, sexual violence, and other longstanding human rights violations in agriculture. Mr. Asbed spearheads the development of the FFP’s market-based enforcement mechanisms, rights standards, and worker education processes.  He coordinates relations amongst transnational corporate buyers (including Sodexo, Walmart, and McDonalds), industry suppliers, and farmworkers.  He also consults with other industries, both nationally and internationally, on the adaptation of the FFP to other contexts. On behalf of the FFP, Mr. Asbed accepted the 2015 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts in Combatting Human Trafficking at the White House.  He is the recipient of the 2014 Clinton Global Citizen

+ BIO: Rodney Foxworth

Rodney Foxworth is a nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur, who serves as Executive Director of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), a network of entrepreneurial ecosystem builders, financial activists, and philanthropy leaders building inclusive economic opportunities through entrepreneurship and local business ownership in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Previously, he was CEO and Founder of Invested Impact, a consulting firm focused on economic development, philanthropy, and social innovation, and co-founder and Strategy Advisor of Impact Hub Baltimore. Prior to founding Invested Impact, Rodney was community manager at BMe, a national network of black male leaders and entrepreneurs. Rodney has also served as program manager at Job Opportunities Task Force, a policy advocacy and workforce development organization. Additionally, he has been a consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Calvert Impact Capital, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, among others. Rodney is a BALLE Fellow, Next City Vanguard, and Baltimore Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree. He is featured in the Washington Post bestseller, “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.” Rodney serves on the board of Justice Funders, SOCAP, and Thread, Inc.

+ BIO: Krisztina "Z" Holly

Krisztina “Z” Holly, MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur and adventurer, is the host of The Art of Manufacturing podcast and Founder & Chief Instigator of MAKE IT IN LA, a non-profit launched out of LA Mayor Garcetti’s office. Z is known for curating and hosting the first ever TEDx (TEDxUSC) in 2009 and founding two innovation centers at MIT and USC. She has an instinct for finding and amplifying undiscovered talent and ideas, whether it’s helping dozens of faculty spin out new venture-backed startups, or curating nearly a hundred different speakers whose talks have garnered 14 million views online; ten have appeared on Early on, Z played key roles at tech startups, such as Stylus innovation (acquired by Artisoft), Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves), and Jeeves Solutions (acquired by Kanisa). She started her career as an undergraduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab and a member of the Space Shuttle Main Engine advanced manufacturing team. She served as Vice Provost for Innovation at USC and has been advisor to nearly two dozen companies and organizations, including the River LA, World Economic Forum, and the Obama Administration. She is an avid traveler, backcountry skier, mountain biker, rock climber, and the quartermaster of the Black Rock City airport logistics team in her spare time. Z has two engineering degrees from MIT and currently lives and plays in Los Angeles.

+ BIO: Byron Auguste

Byron Auguste is CEO of Opportunity@Work, a social enterprise that aims to re-wire the U.S. labor market by creating pathways for overlooked and underrepresented job seekers in the innovation economy.  Before co-founding Opportunity@Work, Byron served as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the Obama administration. His portfolio included job creation, labor markets, research and development, innovation, capital investment, infrastructure, transportation, and goods movement. As a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, he led McKinsey’s High Tech Services sector from 2002 to 2006, and its global Social Sector from 2007 to 2012. Over his 20 years at McKinsey, Byron worked primarily in technology and communications, information and media, services-based businesses, education, economic development and innovation. Byron has served as board chairman of Hope Street Group, and on the boards of trustees of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Yale University.

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