SOCIAL CHALLENGES

Diversity and Inclusion

Improving diversity and inclusion is a challenge for many companies and countries, which requires inputs from many different fields: data collection and monitoring, advertisement, investment, culture changes, etc.

 

Since we believe that the best ideas on the topic will come from a strong interaction among participants, we designed a topical lecture session on the topic.

Future of Labour

What is going to be the impact of machine learning and artificial intelligences on the future of labour? How labour relations are going to evolve?  What are going to be the career paths of tomorrow? How is the well-being of workers going to change? Is it the end of retirement? Questions are many and we will try to provide some answers.

Evidence-based Policy

Nowadays, global challenges like climate change, population growth, and crime control need discussions based on reliable and independent data provided by accurate methodologies rather than arguments based on intuition or ideology. As such, science advice is a vital element in the overall evidence considered by policymakers. Nonetheless, it is sometimes difficult to make sense of complex information or challenges that are quite often, at the very limits of human knowledge. In this session, we will explore and revise some of the recent approaches to build reliable scientific advice for policymaking.

Universal Basic Income

A universal basic income (UBI) is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all members of a given group on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement. The idea is as simple as it is revolutionary: it would turn the the welfare system of most developed countries upside down.

 

It is no wonder that people from all parts of the political spectrum are engaged in a lively discussion about the idea of UBI. Furthermore, UBI is also being tested as an alternative means of developmental aid in the form of unconditional cash transfers.

 

Around the globe with an emphasis on Africa and India recent studies show promising effects of UCTs on the level of education, health status and even political engagement of groups of people receiving money on a regular basis with no strings attached.