The Reshaping Work conference made it possible for us at Smart (cooperative for freelancers) to meet various stakeholders who are involved in these new evolutions on the labour market. Academics, journalists, entrepreneurs and freelancers who see enormous opportunities and who are confronted at the same time with new threats, confirmed during the conference our earlier conclusions and/or gave us new insights on how we can cope with the risks involved with new forms of labour; risks as well for the individual freelancer as for the welfare state as we know it today.Thanks to these meetings we only got more motivated to do our very best to establish a sustainable, efficient and competitive model of our freelancers coop in the Netherlands.
Reshaping Work brings together policymakers, academics, firms, unions, and – most importantly – the practitioners in the gig-economy to discuss the future of work in a stimulating setting. It is the most comprehensive and insightful conference on these topics I have participated in to-date.
The platform economy is forcing society to confront important policy and legal questions as the very nature of work, business, and markets change. The conference “Reshaping Work in the Platform Economy” provided an innovative environment and format in which to consider these issues by bringing together business, government, academics, and workers in serious conversation and analysis. I think all of the participants left the conference energized about their own work and eager to continue collaborating with others — and are looking forward to next year.
I experienced the ‘Reshaping Work in the Platform Economy’ conference as the first conference in this emerging topic that contributed at a constructive way to the questions we have in the transition to a platform society. Unlike other conferences where you only hear the voice of one of the stakeholders, the organization managed to bring together an interesting mix of different stakeholders. In my opinion this is the only way to move things forward. I am looking forward to attend the next edition in 2018.
The conference was very stimulating and I think it was a great occasion for everyone to contribute, argue and take away something.
We cannot understand the gig economy until we grapple with its competing narratives: Reshaping Work provided a unique opportunity to hear from and discuss with representatives of gig economy workers, academics, and platform operators. A great event!
The many different perspectives - including the groundbreaking inclusion of actual gig workers themselves - gave us a much more complete picture and understanding of the gig economy than a conventional conference in this field would.
The Reshaping Work conference provided the perfect setting for insightful discussions between all stakeholders involved in platform work. Events like this, where all points of view are represented, are fundamental for enabling a healthy debate about the platform economy.