Upcoming Events


March 25, 2019 in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall 9:00-5:00

March 26, 2019 9:00-12:00, Penn’s Campus, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

A Philadelphia convening focused on the impacts of the emergent Platform Economy. Workers and leaders will gather and share ideas about how to make the most of the gig economy while ensuring good jobs.

New digital technologies are remaking the way we live, changing the way passengers and goods move and services are provided. They hold out the hope of numerous benefits for consumers and cities by making transactions more efficient while increasing accessibility, variety, and convenience for consumers. At the same time, it is clear these outcomes won’t automatically come about without the right policies in place to guide their development and adoption. As a result, numerous debates have arisen around how to ensure that the costs and benefits of these new technologies are equitably shared. Many of these debates, like the most obvious immediate impacts, are happening at the local level, particularly in larger cities.

Today, Philadelphia has begun to proactively convene and learn about how issues surrounding the Platform Economy are being addressed in other cities. We are united in our concerns about healthcare, social stability, human dignity, and quality of life issues for workers and consumers in this new economy. This convening will explore ways to engage “platform companies” and balance the demands of consumers, workers, and tech innovators.

The convening has received input from MIC, the Keystone Research Center, Philadelphia’s Deputy Mayor of Labor,  United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, Councilwoman Helen Gym’s Office, the Taxi Workers Alliance of PA, The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, The Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance, Philly Jobs with Justice, SEIU HCPA, Economy League of Great Philadelphia, Media Mobilizing Project and several concerned individuals. Partial funding was received from the Ford Foundation.

Seating is limited and RSVP is required. Must have photo ID. You must arrive 10-15 minutes to allow time for going through security at City Hall (NE entrance across from the Marriott). For more information please contact briar.smith@asc.upenn.edu

Full agenda here



Confronting Inequality: Reimagining the Future of Journalism and Work

Our society faces a critical juncture. On one hand we are in a moment of rapid technological advancement that creates greater communication, information sharing, and numerous democratic possibilities. On the other hand, we see a collapsing commercial model for journalism, monopolistic platforms that spread misinformation with little accountability, more economic insecurity, and a debased political process.

Recognizing these potentials and perils, MIC is launching with a two day, multidisciplinary conference that gathers scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and activists focused on understanding this conjuncture from structural and historical perspectives, while also offering viable strategies for social change. Our goal is threefold: 1. Inspire research focused on confronting various kinds of inequality, 2. Build a network of scholars, organizers, and policy makers collaborating on addressing core social problems, and 3. Advance theoretically informed praxis that identifies key challenges and opportunities at the intersection of journalism, technology, work, and social justice.

Preliminary Schedule:

April 11 5:30-7:00 

Keynote conversation with Naomi Klein, Author and Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Reception to follow

April 12 9:30-5:50 

Full-Day Symposium

Confirmed speakers include Marc Lamont Hill (journalist, scholar, author, and activist) & Juan González, (journalist and co-host of Democracy Now!)

RSVP here