The Future of Work: Rustat Conference report
Rustat Conferences are held three times a year by the Jesus College Intellectual Forum. Focusing on a different topic each time, they offer an opportunity for decision-makers from the front lines of politics, business, finance, the media and education to discuss vital issues with academic experts. This report was made possible through a collaboration with two Rustat Conferences members, Harvey Nash and KPMG.
The report covers the key points from the conference sessions:
- What history can teach us about the future of work
- The future of work in the gig economy
- The second machine age and whether robots are a threat to work and wellbeing
- The integration of human and digital labour in the organisation of the future, and whether we are in control of technology or it is controlling us
- The Government’s perspective on the future of work and achieving a work-life balance.
It highlights key questions facing leaders and governments around the world about work. What is the destabilising effect of new technology on the workplace? What individuals will do with more time but less work? What is the role of fiscal policy in shaping human versus digital workforces? How should we prepare for living and working longer? How can we protect the labour market from political propaganda and short-term thinking?
The next Rustat Conference will focus on ageing, raising critical issues faced by policy makers as we live and work longer, a theme that emerged in the Future of Work conference.
Harvey Nash and KPMG are global consulting firms with expertise in technology and workforce development. They are well placed to contribute to the interdisciplinary forum convened by the Rustat Conferences, part of the Jesus College Intellectual Forum.