The Future of Work and the Gig Economy

Oct. 3, 2017 12:00 - 14:00


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The decision to strip Uber of its licence to operate in London casts a fresh light on the risks of working in the gig economy. Around 40,000 people are currently licenced to operate for the San Francisco-based company in the UK capital. Uber has around three weeks to appeal, and if no agreement is reached, the company faces being barred from servicing its 3.5 million customers, threatening the livelihoods of its massive fleet of drivers . . .

According to OECD data from 2015, one in seven workers in the UK, and just over one in ten workers in Japan are self-employed. Many are finding greater autonomy, meaning and satisfaction from their work, and being their own boss. Many others are experiencing debilitating insecurity, depending on badly paid, poor quality "contract" jobs in the "gig economy". As a result, overwork and underemployment are causing a huge loss of creative energy and potential for the development of society and business.

In July 2017 the UK Government launched the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May, the RSA’s Chief Executive, Matthew Taylor, reported on ways to improve modern employment, partly drawing on research the RSA has undertaken on self-employment, the gig economy and entrepreneurship.

“As the world of work changes our practices and laws must also change. Good work is the reflection of good business,” said Theresa May at the launch. The Review provides 50 recommendations to encourage the UK to aspire to all work being fair and decent with scope for fulfilment and development. Ensuring flexibility is a key component of delivering this ambition.

Join us on October 3rd to hear from the RSA’s Director of Economy and Enterprise, Tony Greenham, who leads the RSA’s Future Work Centre on the Review’s findings and the UK’s experience of adopting an entrepreneurial culture and adapting to flexible working. 

With Uber's current state of affairs in mind, we are hopeful that Taylor's recommendations for better flexible working practices are implemented as soon as possible . . . 

Download a free copy of the RSA's report - 'The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices' HERE


Tony Greenham, Director of Economy and Enterprise, Royal Society of the Arts
Tony leads the RSA's Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing programme. He is a chartered accountant and former investment banker with experience both in business and with social and environmental NGOs.
Tony’s career has ranged from blue-chip professional services and banking experience with PwC, Barclays Bank and Credit Suisse, through small business start-ups and social and environmental NGOs to economic policy research. He is author and co-author of many books and reports on economic reform including People Powered Prosperity: Ultra-local approaches to making poorer places wealthier, the Reality of Now: how social processes drive organisational behaviour, Stakeholder Banks: the benefits of banking diversity and the best-selling economic textbook, Where Does Money Come From? A guide to the UK monetary and banking system.

Jacques Deguest, Representative Director & CEO Angels Inc.
French entrepreneur, angel investor, lawyer, husband and dad living in Japan for 16 years, Jacques has been actively investing in start-ups and supporting entrepreneurs in Japan for the past few years. He holds a master of laws in international business law, with expertise in corporate law, corporate governance, contract law and well versed in Japanese legal business procedures. He also holds an MBA specialised in venture capital and finance with experience in post M&A integration and cost optimisation. Passionate about empowering entrepreneurs, in 2016 Jacques founded a FinTech company, Angels, Inc, to provide a supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Asia. In his spare time he loves to code and meet people.

Yasmine Djoudi, co-founder, ikkai
Yasmine Djoudi is an entrepreneur and globetrotter. After studying Business administration and foreign languages in the US, France and Japan and working in a startup on Wall street, she decided to settle in Japan with her partner. Together they created "ikkai" a company focused on helping Japanese business and society - by inviting companies and individuals to post one-time tasks for student workers to complete. The service also allows companies to post internships and / or graduate job advertisements. ikkai collects data on students based on their hard/soft skills, personality and interests. With this data, ikkai is able to help companies make better choices for recruitment, saving time, money and greatly increasing their retention rate down the line. Yasmine's goal is to help people find a career that they can truly love and allow companies & students to thrive. Yasmine also loves singing (especially opera and jazz), watching movies and horseback riding. 

Gary Stanton, Executive Director, EY Advisory & Consulting Co., Ltd
With more than 30 years experience working in senior sales, business development and management consulting roles, Gary is a seasoned senior advisor to major Global Banking & Capital Markets and Asset Management Firms. Based in Tokyo, with extensive international work experience in Japan, SE. Asia, India, Continental Europe and the UK, Gary's professional focus now lies with regulatory and technology-driven business disruption. A British native, he is also a fluent Japanese speaker.


About the RSA

The RSA's mission is to enrich society through ideas and action.

We believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.

We work to bring about the conditions for this change, not just amongst our diverse Fellowship, but also in institutions and communities.

By sharing powerful ideas and carrying out cutting-edge research, we build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate - creating fulfilling lives and a flourishing society.



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