Turbulence Ahead: Reforming Worker-Adjustment Policies for an Era of Technological Disruption

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385
2 Constitution Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002

There has been a growing sense of alarm in policy circles that a coming wave of technological innovation will lead to mass unemployment. These fears are unfounded. The next wave of technological innovation will not only provide a desperately needed boost to productivity and wages, but also lead to new job creation. But that doesn’t mean no one will be hurt. There are always winners and losers in major economic transitions, so policymakers should focus on providing more and better help for those who are dislocated to successfully transition into new jobs and new occupations. But how?

Please join ITIF for the release of a major new report proposing a set of guiding principles and a detailed policy action plan to upgrade America’s workforce-training and adjustment policies for an era of significant technological progress and change. ITIF President Rob Atkinson, the report’s author, will present its recommendations and moderate an expert panel discussion about the realistic outlook for technology-driven disruption in the labor market and practical policy solutions to better equip workers with the tools, skills, and support they will need. 

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Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Edward Alden
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations
Steve DeWitt
Deputy Executive Director
Association for Career and Technical Education
Susan Lund
McKinsey Global Institute
David Ross
Chief Executive Officer
Partnership for 21st Century Learning