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DATE: April 19, 2017

DAY: Wednesday

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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Innovation shapes our work, private life, and social networks. It creates opportunities for new sources of growth and new kinds of jobs, affecting societies, labor markets, and institutions. The benefits are tangible, but so is the reality that not all demographic groups and societies can adapt to new technologies at the same rate. This raises some important questions: What drives or hinders innovation? How can technological progress be used in advanced and emerging market economies to foster inclusive growth? How can policymakers foster innovation while also responding to major changes, including increased job automation? How do we maintain a qualified, competitive workforce in this fast-paced environment? Properly addressing these questions will ensure that innovation yields dividends for all.

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Innovation, Technology, and Jobs

Innovation, Technology, and Jobs


Panelist: Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. Isaacson’s most recent book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (2014) is a biographical tale of the people who invented the computer, Internet, and the other great innovations of the digital age. He is also the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

Panelist: Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has been Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since July 2011. She held various ministerial positions within the French government, including Finance and Economy Minister (2007–11), Minister for Foreign Trade, and Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries. She was also Chairman of the Global Executive Committee and Global Strategic Committee of Baker & McKenzie.