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The Future of Work **RESCHEDULED** - How will your Grandkids make a Living? (series) See Below
Two of the lectures in this series were RESCHEDULED from January to May, see details below. New registrations for this series are closed, but registrations for the individual remaining lectures (daypass) are open. Thousands of U.S. retail jobs have been lost due to the popularity of online retailers such as Amazon. Future developments in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and other technology will also cause job loss and major changes in the workplace. In addition, changing corporate structures, globalization, and the “gig economy” (e.g. Uber), will impact our work and how we will be doing it. The dedicated worker, working for a single company, with long-term job security, is fast disappearing. How will companies change to address technological advances and global challenges? What changes are likely for low-wage jobs, and are “guaranteed minimum incomes” advisable? What are the best ways to prepare people for jobs of the future? Will your grandchildren find work, and, if so, what will their workplaces be like? January 3,2019 at 10:00 a.m. What is Going on in the World of Work Speaker’s Synopsis: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have drastically shifted the costs of organizing work in different ways. It is increasingly feasible to “rent” workers through temporary and contract work, often through online platforms such as Uber. In the U.S., jobs replaced careers, and now gigs are increasingly replacing jobs, creating a precarious new class of employment. This presentation will describe how this shift happened, and speculate on what comes next. Speaker: Professor Jerry Davis Jerry Davis is Associate Dean for Business+Impact, and the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He is also Professor of Sociology. Prof. Davis received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and taught at Northwestern and Columbia before moving to U. of M. He has published widely in management, sociology, and finance. January 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Renewed Activism for the Labor Movement: The Urgency of Young Worker Engagement Speaker’s Synopsis: Prof. Tapia will discuss a multi-year study on young workers and their level of involvement in the labor movements of four countries: France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Results suggest that two key variables affect involvement level: The openness and encouragement of unions to the leadership development of young workers, and the persistence and creativity of groups of young workers in promoting their own engagement. Young workers embody labor’s potential for movement-building and for resistance to authoritarianism and populism. Speaker: Dr. Maite Tapia Maite Tapia is Assistant Professor at Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Her research centers on the organizing strategies of trade unions and community organizations in the U.S. and Europe, and on work, migration, and the concept of intersectionality. She has published her work in several academic journals and is co-editor of the 2014 Cornell University Press book, Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism. January 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Human Thriving in the New World of Work Speaker’s Synopsis: Today the experience of work is radically changing. Almost 40% of workers are in nonstandard jobs such as freelance or contract work. People are working remotely, connecting to each other through text, email, and collaboration technology. Work can seemingly be accomplished anytime, anywhere. In this interactive talk we will explore these changing dynamics and how they impact thriving at work. Speaker: Professor Gretchen Spreitzer Gretchen M. Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration in the U. of M. Ross School of Business. Her research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline. Her recent work looks at positive deviance and how organizations enable employees to thrive. This work fits within a larger effort at Ross to develop a Scholarship of Positive Organizing. She has co-authored several books, including How to be a Positive Leader, and The Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. RESCHEDULED from January 24 to May 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Artificial Intelligence and the Vanishing Future of Work Speaker’s Synopsis: Will artificial intelligence (AI) take away jobs or usher in a prosperous utopia? Will self-driving cars reduce our use of fossil fuels or accelerate emissions? What will a college degree be worth when knowledge work can be done by machine? This talk considers these and other questions through the lens of technology’s “Law of Amplification.” Paradoxically, what is needed most in a world of advanced technology is greater attention to human values. Speaker: Professor Kentaro Toyama Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. In previous lives, Kentaro taught at Ashesi University in Ghana and co-founded Microsoft Research India, where he did research on the application of information and communication technology to international development. RESCHEDULED from January 31 to May 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Preparing Students for the Future of Work Speaker’s Synopsis: Technology and generational changes are increasingly changing how people work. These changes are affecting education, too, as students look to take control of their education, following the lead of on-demand services that have allowed people to manage nearly every other aspect of their lives. Dr. Bellanca will discuss how these changes will shape how we will learn, live, and work. Speaker: Dr. Rose B. Bellanca Dr. Rose B. Bellanca is the President and CEO of Washtenaw Community College. In this position, she is responsible for the organization, administration, and strategic direction of the college, which serves more than 100,000 students and community members a year, employs nearly 1,500 full- and part-time employees, and has an operational budget of more than $100 million. Dr. Bellanca has more than 20 years of executive leadership in higher education. She is the fourth president to lead Washtenaw Community College since its inception in 1965. February 7, 2019 Build a Workplace People Love Speaker’s Synopsis: Rich will explore what an intentionally joyful work culture must choose as its focus. He will discuss what a joyful workplace looks and feels like, and how it is organized. You will see paradoxical approaches: How workplace noise increases productivity, how two people at one computer outperform hero-based organizations, how rigor and discipline emanate from a shared-belief system, how transparency conquers fear, and how quality can be a natural result of a team built on trust. Speaker: Rich Sheridan – CEO, Menlo Innovations Menlo Innovations CEO, Rich Sheridan, had one thought during a difficult mid-career in the technology industry: ...things can be better -- much better! Ultimately, Rich and co-founder James Goebel invented Menlo Innovations in 2001 to “end human suffering in the world as it relates to technology.” Their unique company—which creates custom software--is so interesting that almost 4,000 people a year travel from around the world to see it. Rich is author of Joy, Inc. - How We Built a Workplace People Love. His second book, Chief Joy Officer, is due in December.
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 05/16/2019 - 05/30/2019
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location : Washtenaw Community College/ Morris Lawrence Building
Address : Towsley Auditorium,
4800 E. Huron River Dr.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $30.00 (Series registrations are closed, but individual lecture (daypass) registrations are available.)
Event Status : COMPLETED