Future of Work Conference — Towards a shared prosperity

The Future of Work Conference was held on March 23 and March 24 2016 in Auckland.

You can watch the first day of the conference here:

You can download the programme for the conference here.

Keynote Speakers  


Robert ReichProfessor Robert B. Reich

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock, “The Work of Nations," and "Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "Saving Capitalism." He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, “Inequality for All”

Guy StandingProfessor Guy Standing

Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, and a founder and co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international NGO promoting basic income. A former programme director at the International Labour Organisation, he has written widely on labour and social protection issues. Recent books include “The Precariat”, “A Precariat Charter” and “Work after Globalization”.

Jan OwenJan Owen AM Hon DLitt, CEO Foundation for Young Australians

A pioneer of the youth sector in Australia, Jan has dedicated most of her working life to social change and encouraging young people to give back and invest their talents in their communities and things they are passionate about.

In March 2014 Jan received the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney, in recognition of her significant contribution to young people and policy in Australia. In 2012, Jan was named the inaugural Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group ‘Woman of Influence 2012’. In 2000 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to childrenand young people and in 1999 received a fellowship for leadership and innovation to the Peter Drucker Foundation in the US. Jan is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).

Göran RoosGöran Roos

Göran Roos is a member of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and of the Council for Flinders University. He is a Stretton Fellow appointed by the City of Playford at University of Adelaide; Adjunct Professor at Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, University of Adelaide; Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney Business School; and Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Business, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Göran is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Göran is the founder or co-founder of several companies in many countries and is


A huge thank you to our partners for helping make this conference possible.

Hawkins Group is the sponsor of our afternoon and morning tea. 

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Conference Themes and Ideas

The world of work is changing. An NZIER report in 2015 said that 46% of jobs in the New Zealand economy will cease to exist within two decades.  This change is the opportunity and impetus to reflect on what we want from work and life in order to decide if the status quo is delivering.

  • The steps we can take to allow all Kiwis to enjoy the flexibility and industries created by technological change by extending social and economic protections and security to new types of workers and future workplaces.

  • New industries also mean new types of workers. How should we prepare the next generation to navigate and succeed, so that young people in Aotearoa/New Zealand are competitive globally and able to thrive?

  • A highly-skilled and resilient workforce will be successful in any economy. How do we grow and target New Zealand’s skill base through supportive lifelong education and effective partnerships with business that deliver employees needed for the future?
  • We can have the future we want. The goals we choose andhow we measure success is an important part of achieving better outcomes, better conditions and a better future for New Zealanders. Looking beyond GDP, how can we redefine success to reward social good, innovation and a shared prosperity?

  • A vibrant Māori economy is necessary for a prosperous Aotearoa/New Zealand. How can Māori communities continue to innovate and grow the substantial Māori asset base and opportunities for employment in the “Māori economy”?

  • Aotearoa/New Zealand has strong links to its regional neighbours in the Pacific and is home to a growing population of Pasifika peoples. This session will consider the opportunities and unique benefits of the Pasifika economy.

  • What will composition of the future workforce actually look like and how will changes in New Zealand demographics play out across the New Zealand in the next 50 years?

The conference will also highlight the major themes and policy ideas that have so far emerged from the Labour Party’s Future of Work Commission

Jobs of the future workshops led by Members of Parliament will draw on the experiences of the attendees and presentations during the conference to identify the “Critical Success Factors” for each of the Future of Work Commission work streams (Technology, Economic Development and Sustainability, Security of Income and Work, Education and Training and Māori and Pasifika). To read the issue papers, click here.