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  • Podcast: The Rise of Robo Bosses

    Feet up and have a listen to this "Reasons to be Cheerful" podcast by Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd on the "Rise of Robo-Bosses: reigning in algorithmic management" Advances in technology are enabling new ways to monitor and manage people at work. How can we ensure workers don’t lose out from the rise of ‘algorithmic management’? Future of work expert Beth Gutelius tells us about a Californian law cracking down on issues in the warehouse industry. Then Anna Thomas from the Institute for the Future of Work and Mary Towers from the TUC talk us through the scale of the problem in the UK and what do to about it. IIt's well worth a listen! WeClock Mary Towers speaks about the potential for workers to collective their data and for the unions to develop apps to support them with that. In this part of the interview Mary mentions that workers could collect selftracking data, data on working hours, commute times, data on how long they have been on their feet during the day, how many breaks they have had, and lots more. All of that information could then be used to inform trade union campaigning fpr better terms and conditions at work. And that's WeClock! Available on the Android Play store and Apple's Appstore...

  • A call for AI Governance

    At the SNF Nostros conference 2021, we discussed how AI is reshaping economies and societies, but also how we connect, how we compete and how we cooperate. What does this mean for the future of work and the future society? Here is the video of the panel - hear us discuss why AI regulation is urgently needed that have human rights at the core. Featuring Dr Christina J. Colclough - The Why Not Lab, Nicolas Economou—Chair, Science, Law, and Society Initiative, The Future Society & Sinan Aral—Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) and Moderated by Dimitris Bounias — Project Manager Ideas Zone & Incubator, iMEdD Full afternoon session video here We discuss why AI trustworthiness is currently so weak. Why the Universal Basic Income is not a good idea. How one of our largest challenges is to upskill politicians so they understand what they are trying to regulate. Why managers and workers should co-govern these systems, put human rights first and put algorithmic technologies to good use.

  • Innovations for Good Work

    Panel for the launch of the Royal Society of Art's Good Work Guild on Innovations for Good Work. With Laetitia Vitaud, writer and speaker on the future of work; Thorben Albrecht, policy director, IG Metall; Nchimunya (Chipo) Hamukoma, research manager, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator; Christel Laudrup Spliid, qualitative consultant, HK Lab; and Christina J. Colclough, The Why Not Lab Innovations are emerging worldwide to address the challenges of a rapidly changing future of work. The pandemic is likely to accelerate the pace of technological change and automation globally. To secure a future where good work is available to all, we will need new approaches to skills, training and lifelong learning, to economic security and to worker voice and power. To launch the RSA Good Work Guild, the panel of good work innovators shares the solutions they have pioneered to support and empower workers in the transition to the jobs of the future; the systemic challenges they have faced in taking new ideas to scale; and the opportunities for innovators, investors and institutional actors to come together to build and sustain system-wide good work innovation, and a global movement for change. Breaking the Monopolisation of Truth & WeClock Starting 35 minutes in, Christina J. Colclough used her moments to build out on the RSA's "Building a Field" for an ecosystem for worker innovators. She urged the RSA to include networks of trusted data analysts, legal expertise around good data stewardship, and data storytellers who understand the workers' struggle and the union cause. Christina introduced WeClock, the privacy-preserving self-tracking app she co-designed with Jonnie Penn, Nathan Freitas and Carrie Winfrey for the Young Workers' Lab at UNI Global Union. She urges unions to use WeClock to access work-related data and break the monopolisation of "truth" that the corporates control. Before moving on the moderator asked Christina for her views on how funders should change some of their fundamental behaviours to get behind worker power. Christina replied. Firstly, foundations need to not just research workers as objects, but as subjects. Foundations must dare go into the workers' realities. Secondly, we need to build an innovation environment that embraces failure, connects organisations, reaches out to young workers and finds their narratives and languages. Failure must be embraced, we need to experiment. And thirdly, stop being so shy to the trade union movement. Many foundations will not finance the union movement directly. This has to stop. Foundations are buying a good conscience. They can't just do lip service to this. Read more about the RSA's Good Work Guild here: https://www.thersa.org/future-of-work/good-work-guild See their report here And see their funky Good Work Directory on good work innovations across Europe here: https://www.thersa.org/future-of-work/global-innovations-good-work/directory

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  • The Hive | The Why Not Lab

    Explore Speeches Podcasts Tech for Good Workshops Tech for Good The Hive The hive is buzzing with activity! Check our services below for how you can strengthen your digital strategies. Combine, mould or pick one. The Why Not Lab offers flexible, tailormade solutions that meet your needs. Do contact us to find out how we can support you Why Not Lab Actions What Not Lab Services Speeches Are you on the lookout for an engaging, globally acclaimed keynote speaker or moderator? Christina sheds fresh light on the future of work, AI and data & digitalised work leaving everyone charged up for change. Watch some of her speeches for inspiration Tech 4 Good Digital tools are a means to a bigger end. Using digital tools can be a powerful way to organise, campaign and gather data to improve worker well-being. Check these two we've co-developed. WeClock & Lighthouse. More are on their way! To-the-Point Speaking, idea & messaging points that are to-the-point and innovative can make or break your impact. Let's co-define and sharpen your digital messages. Check our messaging and impact by tuning into some of our podcasts and articles Workshops Book us for tailormade workshops that aim to build your capacity to shape the digital world of work.​ Compiled as a series with practical exercises these workshops will shift your perspective and help you master change! Find inspiration here Research ​We can situate your organisation's policies and strategies in a digital context through written reports, briefs and/or audio/visual material. ​Combine with some of our other services for max benefit. See one of our reports here Strategy Do you want to finetune your organisation so it can shape the digital world of work? Here we are! ​ We have the methods and tools to work with you to find your strategies. Think digital tools, skills, culture, campaigns & leadership Questions? Curious to know more? Don’t Miss Out. Book It Now Contact us

  • Speeches on the future of work | The Why Not Lab

    Speeches << Jump to podcasts Christina J. Colclough Sep 2 A call for AI Governance Panel on AI governance, trustworthiness, dignity and human rights Christina J. Colclough Jun 14 Innovations for Good Work This panel gathered Good Work Innovators to discuss their initiatives, lessons learnt and tips for the future Christina J. Colclough May 25 AI and the Labour Market 6 min intervention by Christina J. Colclough for the European Parliament Public Hearing on AI and the Labour Market Christina J. Colclough Apr 25 Meaningful Inclusivity Hear us discuss why to and how to include underrepresented groups into the governance of AI. Christina J. Colclough Feb 5 Ethics of AI in the Workplace - panel @ OECD This panel went straight to the core of AI in Work. We discuss worker power, the need for regulation & the absolute requirement to govern AI Christina J. Colclough Jan 12 The Future of AI and Human Experience Discussing a range of topics from the necessary co-governance of AI, to workers' digital rights, to equitable workplaces in the digital age Christina J. Colclough Nov 10, 2020 AI as a Tool for Worker Empowerment? Streamed live on November 11, 2020, this conversation on the futures of work and workers is a follow up on the AI & Equality Initiative's... Christina J. Colclough Oct 4, 2020 Putting Practice to Principle: Why AI at Work Needs Co-Governing Speech held for PAFOW on October 5 2020 for hundreds of experts on People Analytics. A deep dive into why we must avoid the... Christina J. Colclough Sep 13, 2020 Taming the Algorithm - why workers need a voice on tech Held as a TUC 2020 Congress fringe event on Sep 14, 2020, this webinar was attended by over 100 shop stewards, experts and unionists.... Christina J. Colclough Jul 15, 2020 Data for Unions In this webinar from July 16, 2020 organised by Unions21, Andrew Pakes, Prospect and Dr Christina Colclough discuss what tools unions... Christina J. Colclough Jun 17, 2020 Future of Work - data, AI & workers In this recording, Andrew Pakes of Prospect and Dr Christina Colclough speak about why workers should be involved in the governance of... Christina J. Colclough Jun 2, 2020 Negotiating workers' data rights Click below for an extended commentary of why we must begin to negotiate workers' data rights. Companies/organisations increasingly... Christina J. Colclough May 18, 2020 Economic Rights in a Data-Based Society Webinar Organised by PSI, the global union for public services, IT for Change and FES, this webinar discusses why our collective future... Christina J. Colclough May 12, 2020 Hurry Up Slowly Full video available upon registration here An online discussion hosted by the Singularity University on governing AI principles... Christina J. Colclough Apr 21, 2020 The Future of Skills Workshop, April 22 2020 This workshop digs deep into the question of what skills will be needed in the digital world of work. We argue... Christina J. Colclough Apr 15, 2020 WeClock - the app for workers Workshop, April 15, 2020 This workshop presents our app WeClock. An open source, privacy-preserving app designed for workers by workers.... Christina J. Colclough Apr 7, 2020 Ensuring Workers' Data Rights Workshop This video is from a workshop Dr Christina Colclough gave to UNI Global Union on the topic of Workers' Data Rights and why there... Christina J. Colclough Feb 10, 2020 Trade Union Strategies This speech on "What's All This About Data" and trade union strategies offers quite a few surprises along the way. :-) Recorded at the... Christina J. Colclough Jun 17, 2019 Speech: Future of Work Delivered at the Swiss trade union Syndicom's congress in 2017, this speech by Dr Christina Colclough is on the future of work. Watch it...

  • Tech for Good | The Why Not Lab

    Tech for Good One of the Why Not Lab's missions is to co-develop and deploy digital technologies that empower minority groups and safeguard human rights. Check out our privacy-preserving self-tracking app WeClock . Or the guide to good data governance Lighthouse . Thoughtexchange is the tool for you to stay in line with your members, staff or networks. WeClock the app for workers by workers WeClock offers a privacy-preserving way to empower workers and unions in their battle for decent work. WeClock gives an indication of the present and changing natu­re of work by providing insight about the: presence or absence of decent or fair work, working conditions, or work/life balance. Built with workers in mind, WeClock empowers change. Check out the app's website here for more info and download links. Lighthouse Online Tool for Good Data Governance Given that WeClock will be a data-gathering tool for unions, we decided to work with a UK union Prospect , along with Digital Public and Small Scale , to develop Lighthouse – an online, privacy-preserving tool to help unions become stewards of good data governance. Lighthouse takes the form of an online guide - or quiz - where those participating get to rate their methods and practices along a range of topics. ​ ​ Get Lighthouse courtesy of Prospect here Digital Tools for Trade Unions 2019 Report As part of the Young Workers Lab project, we scanned the market for digital tools either built by trade unions or that could be an inspiration for trade unions. Our insights are available in our "Connective Action: Digital Tools for Trade Unions report." ​ Download the report here . Thoughtexchange the crowd-sourcing platform As work becomes more precarious, piecemeal and decentralised, we needed a communication tool that could reach all members, no matter where they were and when they worked. Thoughtexchange is that very tool! Read user stories from UNI Global's members and sectors here: Engaging members in new ways (Unions21) Grim Reality for Young Workers Strengthening Union Democracy ​ ​ Contact Thoughtexchange here . ​

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