October 24-26

Huntington Beach, California

Breakout Sessions

The 21st-Century Social Contract

October 24, 2017, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

The nature of work is changing very rapidly. Old models of lifelong employment via business and a predictable safety net provided by government are no longer assured in a new demographic, economic, and political environment. We see these trends most clearly in the rise of the “gig economy,” in which contingent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, consultants, or other outsourced and non-permanent workers) are hired on a temporary or part-time basis. These workers make up more than 90 percent of new job creation in European countries, and by 2020, it is estimated that more than 40 percent of the U.S. workforce will be in contingent jobs. This candid discussion will explore how business is responding to these changes, looking to balance the benefits of more flexible working arrangements with certainty and protections for workers in this new world of work.

Session Speakers

Libby Reder

Libby Reder

Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative

Peter Leyden

Peter Leyden


Aron Cramer

Aron Cramer

President and CEO

Additional confirmed speakers will be published later this summer. Please check back for updates.

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