Ford Foundation, Detroit Public TV to Sponsor Future of Work Conference at Wayne State

The Ford Foundation in Dearborn and Detroit Public TV in Wixom are sponsoring Fulcrum, a two-day conference on the Future of Work at the Wayne State University Student Center in Detroit on Nov. 13-14.
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Wayne State University Student Center
The Wayne State University Student Center will be the site of the Fulcrum Conference on the Future of Work, Nov. 13-14. // Image courtesy of Wayne State University

The Ford Foundation in Dearborn and Detroit Public TV in Wixom are sponsoring Fulcrum, a two-day conference on the Future of Work at the Wayne State University Student Center in Detroit on Nov. 13-14.

Google and other organizations are supporting the event, the kickoff of which will be livestreamed on the morning of Nov. 13 at dptv.org/fulcrum.

“You know the world of work is changing rapidly,” says Rich Homberg, president and CEO of Detroit Public TV. “Headlines scream that robots and software are taking jobs. Technology is transforming how, where, and when we work. The pace of change seems to be growing faster and faster. But we can build a better future – together. At the inaugural Fulcrum Conference, people representing workers, employers, communities, schools, foundations, investors, and startups will all come together to collaborate on solutions for a positive future of work.”

Speakers at the Fulcrum Conference include Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, and Tom Lewand, CEO of Shinola, as well as the heads of diversity and inclusion from IBM and Time Warner.

Community leaders from Detroit and throughout the region will be joined by representatives from worker organizations like United for Respect, Jobs to Move America, Good Jobs Institute, and the Independent Drivers Guild.

Attendees also will learn about innovative future-of-work initiatives from around the world, including Canada, China, and Ethiopia.

A pre-conference workshop entitled Human-centered Design for Communities is being offered as well as an opening reception at the Detroit Institute of Arts and a special public screening of “Road Trip Nation,” a one-hour film from PBS and Detroit Public TV show.

Visit here to register for the Fulcrum Conference and use the discount code DPTV for 75 percent off the cost.

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