SILICON VALLEY: CAN THE EPICENTER OF TOXIC INEQUALITY BECOME A MODEL OF SHARED PROSPERITY?
TIME: 12:15 – 1:45 pm
LOCATION: Citizen Engagement La, 1330 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Oakland, California
Come hear long-time activist Derecka Mehrens and anthropologist Miriam Lueck Avery discuss how Silicon Valley, the epicenter of extreme inequality can become a model of shared prosperity.
Silicon Valley is changing the way we all live, offering us both enticing progress and wrenching changes. Apps provided us with unprecedented convenience while disrupting once prosperous industries. The impact on gig economy workers has been no less contradictory.
The Institute for the Future’s recent study, Voices of Workable Futures, looks at how platform workers, from different walks of life, are learning to adapt what works, and change what does not, and challenges the rest of us to imagine how we can redesign this emerging economy ‘with the goals of opportunity, equity and fair play in mind’.
Miriam Lueck Avery investigates the future of how we will take care of ourselves and one another—ranging from self-care to health care, work and aging, nutrition and food systems.
Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director at Working Partnerships USA, brings fifteen years of community organizing, civic engagement, and public policy experience working in communities of color and with low and moderate-income families.