SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SVForum and i4j Innovation for Jobs kick off a new series on the future of work, on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, at Microsoft’s Conference Center in Mountain View, CA (bit.ly/SVFDU).
Thought leaders will seek to answer one overarching question:“How can Innovation Disrupt Unemployment?”
Most of the human capital is wasted. Of the 7 billion people in the world, there are 5 billion adults aged 15 and older. Of these 5 billion, 3 billion tell Gallup they desire a full-time job. Only 1.3 billion actually have a good job, which means that the real unemployment rate in the world is over 50%.
“Innovation can disrupt unemployment,” said i4j CEO David Nordfors. “All people can create value, but the labor market is dysfunctional. It is ready to be disrupted. It’s an emerging multi trillion dollar market for innovative companies.”
So far innovation has mostly helped people to spend money better. What now is needed is innovation helping people to earn money in more meaningful ways, especially as job markets continue to evolve.
On August 19, participants will hear candid views on how an innovative jobs ecosystem can disrupt unemployment, create meaningful work, and drive substantial growth in the economy.
· Keynote: John Hagel of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge
· Moderator: i4j ECO Summit President Robin Farmanfarmaian
· Panel: Vivek Wadhwa, Tech Entrepreneur & Academic from Stanford and Duke, Vodafone GE’s Chris Brown, and Curtis R. Carlson of Practice for Innovation and Former President and CEO of SRI International
The i4j ECO Summit will be bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, educators, industry executives, policy makers and media to cover new business models, the gig and sharing economy, analytics, the future of education to build new skill sets, matching people and opportunities, developing engagement and passion, how to create a new Ecosystem to address and solve this important multi-trillion dollar challenge, among other things. http://www.i4jsummit.com/
“SVForum is delighted to partner with i4j on the ‘Innovation for Jobs’ series,” said SVForum CEO Adiba Barney. “Innovation has already changed the workplace dramatically—and now we need it to work for us in more fundamental ways.”
“Innovation for Jobs: Disrupting Unemployment” will open for registration at 6:00, and conclude at 8:30 with opportunities for networking. Tickets are available at the event page; walk-in registration will also be available (space permitting).
i4j Innovation for Jobs is chaired by co-founders Vint Cerf and David Nordfors. i4j organizes a Leadership Forum discussing how to disrupt unemployment and the i4j ECO Summit where leaders in the innovation for jobs ecosystem meet to talk shop. i4j is managed by the IIIJ Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. http://i4j.info
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