We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling Dutch historian, explains that it needn’t be this way. Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization – from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy – was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.
Tickets for sale from the 20th of August.
But this project can only be realized in Belgium if it is carried by politicians from both communities.
That is why we organize on 23 September in Brussels a meeting of dialogues between Dutch-speaking and French-speaking people with a minimum of sympathy for universal Basic Income.
Each guest will have the opportunity to interact with a representative of the same political family of the other community.
- The Liberal family will be represented by Nele Lijnen and Georges-Louis Bouchez.
- The Christian-Democrat family will be represented by Sammy Mahdi and Joaquim Hernandez-Dispaux
- The Socialist family will be represented by Yasmine Kerbache and……
- The Greens family will be represented by Kristof Calvo et Philippe Lamberts.
The debates will take place on September 23rd from 9:30 to 13:30 at the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels. Languages: Dutch and French
Registration is free but to facilitate organization send us a short message (with your name and qualities) to: https://goo.gl/forms/64d2nhDwH0yFT2r63
For information: this initiative also marks the 10th International Week of Basic Income, which will take place worldwide from 18 September to 24 September 2017
Thank you in advance for your attention.
Philippe VAN PARIJS
Remarks: Thanks in advance for sharing this information with others!
We will make a reminder of this invitation at the beginning of September.
The world is being transformed in ways that will profoundly challenge human society. Trade unions facing these new realities can play an important part in shaping this future. With this in mind a major conference organised by the ETUC and ETUI will bring together globally-renowned experts to debate some of the most pressing issues confronting workers, unions and governments.
The conference will address several megatrends impacting working life. First, the free movement of capital, services and people is altering the allocation of jobs throughout the European internal market. Second, climate change and the energy transition are making many occupations obsolete, while at the same time creating new ‘green’ jobs in emerging sectors and industries. Third, the demographic transition is changing the structure of the labour force and challenging social security systems. Finally, the digitalisation of the economy is set to disrupt the processes of production, employment and work conditions on an unprecedented scale.
So far, these transitions have been studied and reflected on independently from one another. As a result, conclusions about what the future holds, and the ensuing policy recommendations, vary according to the particular transition in question. What is now needed is for the different projections to be put together and analysed in tandem in order to fully understand the multiple and complex consequences for the world of work. Will all these changes create one new world of work, or many? How can trade unions engage with these developments and what strategies are there to cope with them? What should a new industrial policy look like in the sectors severely affected – such as energy, transport and construction? What skills will be needed and how can trade unions participate to ensure that workers are offered the required training and education?
These are some of the questions the 3rd ETUC/ETUI conference on the future of work will deal with. The overall format – plenaries and smaller panels – has proven very successful and will remain the same. However, added emphasis will be put on enriching the debate and provoking discussion through innovative sessions and greater opportunities for interaction.
If you are interested in attending the conference please send an email to [email protected]
Follow the conference via social media at #etuWOW18.
- Wednesday 27 June 2018
- 11:00-13:00 Plenary A: Global transitions and world(s) of work
- Panel 1 – Inclusive growth: a new, successful agenda for collective bargaining?
- Panel 2 – Working conditions in an ageing society
- Panel 3 – Company mobility fueled by digitalization and Europeanisation: how can we shore up workers’ rights?
- Panel 4 – Employment forecasts and the digital, green and demographic transitions
- Panel 5 – The impact of the digital transformation on job quality
- 16:00-16:30 Keynote speech by Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, European Commission
- Plenary B: When the rich and powerful pretend they do not need us.
- Thursday 28 June 2018
- Plenary C: Labour market composition and demographic change: can migrants and new technologies offset population ageing?
- Plenary D: Climate change and the transition to a green economy: what does it mean for jobs?
- Panel 6 – The role of worker’s participation in addressing the digitalisation-driven Europeanisation strategies of MNCs
- Panel 7 – The link between job quality and innovation: virtuous or vicious circles?
- Panel 8 – Working time reduction as a trade union strategy for a changing world of work
- Panel 9 – Social protection beyond the basic income
- Panel 10 – Industrial policy for the green and digital economies
- Plenary E: Digitalisation and the new economy: disrupting production networks while tackling climate change?
- Plenary F: Globalisation and Europeanisation: European solutions for global problems?
- Panel 11 – Psychosocial risks: shifting the perspective towards positive values
- Panel 12 – The impact of automation on working conditions, health and safety
- Panel 13 – Jobs in a clean, future automobile industry
- Panel 14 – Youth engagement and the future of work
- Panel 15 – Interactive panel: Using visuals to foresee and learn about change
- 17:15-17:45 Keynote speech by Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade
- Plenary G: A New Economic Approach: what are the shortcomings of the current economic model, and how to fix them?
- Friday 29 June 2018
- Panel 16 – How to integrate the transition challenges in the national trade union research agenda?
- Panel 17 – The rise of China as a technology superpower – what does this mean for European jobs?
- Panel 18 – The four transitions: what skills do we need, and how do we provide them?
- Panel 19 – The future of work: perspectives from the ILO
- Panel 20 – Interactive panel: Discussing scenarios for 2030
- Young trade-unionists’ discussion on managing transitions
- Visual Harvesting
- Plenary H: Social Dialogue: how can we create a common agenda for Social Europe?
It looks like the definition of work is changing. What happens when jobs become rapidly automated at the same time that more and more people become self-employed freelancers? Should we be creating jobs just to keep people busy so they too can earn a living? What happens if we secured income instead of jobs?
Basic Income Café (a project by Martina Huynh in collaboration with Manon van Hoeckel) wants to find out how the definition of work and income is changing in The Netherlands today. What kind of work do we value and why? Does the salary really reflect how much we appreciate someone’s work?
For that we are using the interactive installation (also called Basic Income Café), in which coffee is used as a metaphor to visualize the flow of money in two basic income economies. Your first cup of ‘basic income’ coffee is for free, for more you need to physically work (grind up some beans).
So come watch the coffee taxes flow, while experiencing economic models in new playful ways by drinking coffee!
At the opening, we have short presentations by:
- Martina Huynh who will talk about Basic Income Café and the research behind the project – How is the topic of basic income being discussed at the moment?
- Manon van Hoeckel who will share her findings of working with homeless youngsters in The Hague. What does it mean to be financially vulnerable today and how can design contribute to ease conversation between diverse groups of people?
Basic Income Café will be open three days a week from September 19 to December 19.
Experience and Discuss
Centraal in dit project staat het Basic Income Café, een interactieve installatie ontworpen door Martina Huynh. In deze installatie wordt koffie gebruikt als metafoor voor de geldstroom in twee alternatieve economieën.
Een belevenis an sich, een plek voor onderzoek en een gespreksstarter met als onderwerp het basisinkomen
Tijdens de opening zullen er korte presentaties gegeven worden door:
- Martina Huynh – Hoe wordt er tegenwoordig gekeken naar het basisinkomen?
- Manon van Hoeckel -Hoe is het om financieel kwetsbaar te zijn? En hoe kan design een bijdrage leveren aan het vergemakkelijken van conversatie tussen verschillende groepen mensen?
Kom koffiedik kijken en praat mee over de toekomst van werk en inkomen!
Basic Income Café