THE FUTURE OF THE ECONOMY

Hearing Room 4  |  11:00am–12:15pm

Technological advances used to lead to new jobs, higher wages, and improved standards of living. Today, however, globalization and accelerated automation are killing American jobs and making its workers redundant, while new wealth is moving to the already wealthy. What is to be done?

SANDHYA ANANTHARAMAN is a co-director of the Universal Income Project, where she works to raise awareness about universal basic income. She also works as a Data Scientist at ShareProgress, helping national progressive advocacy organizations to improve their analytics and run novel experiments.

DR. JAN ENGLISH-LUECK is a Professor of Anthropology at San Jose State University and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future. Since 1992, she has worked with Chuck Darrah to develop the Silicon Valley Cultures Project, conducting research on the region’s distinctive culture which produced her book Cultures@SiliconValley.

NATALIE FOSTER is the co-chair of the Economic Security Project, a two-year fund to explore universal basic income, and an advisor to the The Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative. She previously co-founded Peers.org, and co-founded Rebuild the Dream with Van Jones.

SEAN KLINE is a social innovator preoccupied with big ideas. He currently leads the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, which uses the power of city hall to strengthen economic security and mobility of low-income San Franciscans.

BEN TARNOFF (moderator) is a founding editor of Logic, a new magazine about technology. He writes about technology and politics for The Guardian and Jacobin, and his most recent book is The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature.