26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Gain without Pain
On the fourth industrial revolution and the prospects of labour
The program will be broadcasted live from the Inspiration Forum stage.
It seemed that we had reached the “end of the line” in terms of labour rights in most European countries and that we have fair conditions, stable and reasonable working hours, career advancement and decent wages. The Fourth Industrial Revolution sets history in motion again. Digitisation, robotics and automation of not only manual activities deprives masses of all of these certainties. Every revolution eventually transforms the system. Now the question is how not to leave this transformation only up to industrial progress, but to reshape the system so that humans can lead a dignified life – with or without work.
Lecturer in Digital Economy at King’s College in London. His most recent book, Platform Capitalism, sets out a framework for understanding the novelties of businesses like Google, Amazon, and Alibaba – as well as how digital platforms generate new tendencies within our economies. His work is also engaged in the long tradition of anti-work politics. His first book, Inventing the Future (co-written with Alex Williams), was an attempt to elaborate an anti-work politics in the context of modern technological changes. His forthcoming book, After Work (co-written with Helen Hester), seeks to expand anti-work politics into the field of social reproduction by looking at how the often unwaged work of cleaning, cooking, and caring can be recognised, redistributed, and reduced.
Journalist and commentator for the Deník Referendum online daily. He studied philosophy, media studies and journalism. During the 2017 Czech parliamentary elections, he served as head of communications for the Green Party. After the crushing defeat, he relocated to Brno, where he worked as a media advisor for Brno-based social projects and he also became a father. He is one of the two percent of people who receive parental allowance and are men at the same time. In 2019, he received the Genderman award for promoting equal conditions for women and men. He currently works as a policy advisor and also in the Když práce nešlechtí project of the NaZemi organisation, which explores the contemporary development of the phenomenon of labour. In 2020, he translated the book Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams.
*Nick Srnicek will join us live from London.
In cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Masaryk Democratic Academy.