Atkinson Live

Turning to Each Other

Everyone is talking about the future of work, but rarely listening to the people whose futures are on the line. We’re interrupting this conversation with a different take on the digital economy, inequality, climate change and innovation — one that puts workers and their realities at the centre.

Atkinson Live is an initiative that gives the mic to people who are leaders in the movement for decent work across Canada and around the world. It amplifies their voices and  creates space for new stories, insights and action — online and offline.

Just Work It is a brand new platform for podcasts and live events about decent work by and for millennials. It’s hosted by Ausma Malik, Atkinson’s Director of Social Engagement. This first season of three series covers topics such as the gig economy, democracy, side hustles, unions, technology, activism, innovation, power and features guests from Canada and the US. Tune in here.

This first series covers some well-known myths about millennials — that they’re frivolous, disinterested in the world, wired 24/7, live to work, expect flexibility and don’t want to have kids. By the end of the series, you’ll be able to tell the difference between a fake millennial and a real one!

Our second podcast series is about millennials who have made the fight for decent work their work — and the love that sustains that fight.

In this third series, taped at a live event on January 23rd, 2019,  special guest U.S. comedian Hari Kondabolu, Max FineDay from Canadian Roots Exchange, and Atkinson’s Ausma Malik had a seriously funny conversation about the future of work. They riffed about bosses and workers, tech for lifestyles and livelihoods, and how race, money and gender colours everything for millennials.

Learn more about Just Work It here.

Work Without Borders: An Open, Online Labour Law Course from McGill to celebrate the ILO @ 100

The world of work has changed a lot since the International Labour Organization was founded 100 years ago. While we’re cooking up an exciting initiative to celebrate the ILO’s centenary, we’re kicking it off by tuning into Dr. Adelle Blackett’s open online course Transnational Futures of International Labour Law. It’s offered on Thursdays at 2:30pm from January to April via Youtube. Join us!

Past Events
Building Power for Working People in the Trump Era
In Conversation with Carmen Rojas from The Workers Lab
Monday, January 23, 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Workers' Action Centre, 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Carmen Rojas, Executive Director of The Workers Lab, joined the Toronto Star’s Work and Wealth reporter Sara Mojtehedzadeh for a  conversation a week after the inauguration of the US. President. Carmen shared her perspective on what a Trump presidency means for philanthropy and organizing efforts on decent work south of the border.

The Workers Lab is based in Oakland, California. The Lab combines innovation incubation/acceleration, technical assistance, and startup capital for entrepreneurs who are “changing the rules” about work and transforming the lives of workers.

Courageous Bets and Equitable Returns
Dr. Mariana Mazzucato on Public Investment in Innovation
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00 PM (EST)
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, 30 Bond Street, Toronto

The Atkinson Foundation and the Broadbent Institute co-hosted a public lecture by award-winning economist Mariana Mazzucato. Mazzucato, author of The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths. She is the Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and Director of UCL’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She won the New Statesmen/Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) Prize in Political Economy for her work on the entrepreneurial state and smart growth.

We collaborated on this  background paper challenging Canadian perceptions of public investment in innovation and inspired by Mazzucato’s work.