Future of Work

4 May 2016

Industry 4.0 and the Pursuit of Social Innovation


Why exactly does Silicon Valley support an unconditional basic income? Why is that support seconded by ultra-liberal think tanks? And why are trade unions so strongly against the idea?

It is about more than just a basic income. Work and merit are becoming increasingly disassociated. Twenty-year-olds become billionaires overnight, Uber, despite having only 5,000 permanent employees, is worth USD 50 billion, and robots are taking on jobs formerly done by humans. Who will be paying my salary tomorrow – and what for?

Some of the most radical opinions on the subject are set to clash on 4 May 2016 at the GDI, the world’s foremost conference on the future of work. Those present will include:

Researchers and academics
  • Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor at MIT (Video-Interview)
  • Basic income expert Guy Standing, University of London
  • Bruno S. Frey, University of Basel, pioneer in cultural and industrial economics
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs
  • Investor Albert Wenger (Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, Kickstarter)
  • Natalie Foster, former Obama advisor and sharing economy expert (peers.org)
  • Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase
Politicians and civil society lawyers
  • Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Minister of Finance
  • Ville-Veikko Pulkka, representative of the Finnish government
  • Daniel Häni and Enno Schmidt, authors of the Swiss basic income initiative
Influential trade unionists
  • Andrew L. Stern, “the most important labour boss in America” (CBS)
  • Vania Alleva, President of Unia

The event is a cooperation between Neopolis and GDI with a number of other renowned think tanks: the Roosevelt Institute, the CATO Institute, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, The Royal Society of Arts, first world development and the Institute for the Future.


4 May 2016

Full price: 970 CHF

The conference fee includes all food and beverages. Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.

Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon
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German/English (simultaneous interpretation)

Program modification
The program is not legally binding and is subject to change.

If you are unable to attend, please let us have your cancellation in writing. The fee will be reimbursed until 15 April. After this term and until five full working days prior to the event we will charge 75% of the fee. In the event of later cancellations we will charge the full participation fee. Substitute participants welcome, please announce to: futureofwork@gdi.ch).

Hotel reservation
To benefit from special rates, please use the following email adresses and refer to the following code: FOW2016
Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil: info@sedartis.ch

There will be a free shuttle service between the GDI and the Hotel Sedartis Thalwil and Thalwil train station.


Brigitte Fischer
Telephone +41 44 724 62 66


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