Panel II: Building a 21st Century Economy

Panel II: Building a 21st Century Economy

13 June 2016 14:30-16:00

Tech­nol­ogy and glob­al­i­sa­tion are already chal­leng­ing us to rethink our eco­nomic poli­cies, but even more pro­found changes are on the hori­zon. The growth of the shar­ing econ­omy presents a chal­lenge to tra­di­tional tax, pen­sion and social secu­rity poli­cies, and con­se­quently the finan­cial secu­rity of both soci­eties and gov­ern­ments, and — as peo­ple shift increas­ingly away from the sta­bil­ity of careers towards online entre­pre­neur­ship, flex­i­ble work­ing and so called “zero-hours con­tracts” — cru­cial employ­ment and social pro­tec­tions are being eroded. Mean­while, peo­ple across the devel­op­ing world are using inno­v­a­tive, tech-based busi­ness mod­els to empower them­selves and side-step cor­rup­tion in the process.

In this panel, we ask:

  • Do new real­i­ties of work and entre­pre­neur­ship neces­si­tate a new eco­nomic par­a­digm?
  • Will the shar­ing econ­omy mark the end of social secu­rity?
  • Is tech­nol­ogy the miss­ing link in inter­na­tional devel­op­ment?
  • Is it pos­si­ble to “future-proof” a soci­ety, and how?