Summary: Sustainable jobs: Are new technologies and
U.S. business priorities at odds with sustaining employment?
HOST: Linda Barrington
January 25, 2012
The U.S. employment picture continues to look weak. Are longer-term sustainability issues at
play in these unemployment numbers, or are we just working through a business cycle, albeit a
very bad one?
Some say we entering a new world where technology competes with employment. Others argue
that technology will "save us" and generate the sustainable jobs of the future. What role can
policy initiatives and market incentives in the U.S. play in successfully stimulating sustainable
job growth? What are the long-term effects of greater numbers of unemployed and under-
employed workers? Can we create a culture of sustainability-conscientiousness regarding the
employment of "human resources" that parallels that regarding environmental resources?
Join the conversation in this month's Topical Lunch. Attendees are encouraged to participate and
broaden the discussion to include wide-ranging perspectives from varying disciplines and fields.
This lunch is organized by the Institute for Compensation Studies in the ILR School.