Shaping the Future of Work in the Nordic countries – the Impacts of the Sharing Economy and New Forms of Work

Program for the Nordic conference on the future of work in the Nordic countries and the impacts of the sharing economy and new forms of work. The conference takes place May 22 – 23, 2017.

Date: May 22 – May 23, 2017

Convenor: Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Venue: Fafo, Borggata 2b, Oslo


Moderator: Jon Erik Dølvik, Senior Researcher, Fafo

May 22 – Day One 

11.00–11.30 Registration   

11.30–11.40 Welcome speech by the State Secretary of  the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Christl Kvam

Session I:  Views from the outside: The future of work


  • Keynote speech: Adam Pokorny, Head of unit, EMPL. B2 Working conditions,  Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG, European Commission – Towards a European pillar of social rights and new forms of work
  • Keynote speech: Prof. Jeremias Prassl, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford – Redefining the concept of employer, work, and employment in the sharing economy.

12.45–13.30 Lunch

Session II: The sharing economy and the modern working life in Nordic contexts – disruptive change or incorporation in the Nordic model?


  • Jon Erik Dølvik & Kristin Jesnes, Researchers at Fafo, Nordic Labour Markets and the Sharing Economy 
  • Tommy Staahl Gabrielsen, Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Bergen, Leader of the Norwegian Sharing Economy Committee, appointed by the Norwegian Government, Conclusions of the Committee (NOU 2017:4)
  • Kurt Eriksson – Responsible for the Swedish report on Working Environment Rules/Regulations for a Modern Working Life
  • A representative from the Danish Council/Partnership for discussions of the Future of Work, appointed by the Danish Government, The Danish approach 

15.30–16.00 Coffee break

Session III:  Social partner responses to the sharing economy, digitalization and new forms of work


  • Kristin Skogen Lund, Director general of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)
  • Hans-Christian Gabrielsen, President of  the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)
  • Kari Sollien, President of The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations (Akademikerne)
  • Fredrik Söderqvist, Economist, Unionen, Sweden

Panel debate moderated by Jon Erik Dølvik

17.30–17.45 Reflections from today’s sessions, expectations for tomorrow, Tone Fløtten, Managing Director, Fafo

18.00-20.00 Reception: Oslo ladegård, Oslo gate 13, St. Hallvards plass

May 23 – Day 2

Session I: A look into the diverse reality of sharing economy firms: Business concepts, regulative obstacles, and work practices

(Moderator: Kristin Jesnes)

9.30– 0.30

  • Christopher Ringvold, Product Director, småjobber
  • Louise Becker, International Business Development Manager, Cool Company
  • Jimmie Carling, Managing Director for eWork Group, Norway

Q&A, including comments from the audience

10.30–10.45 Coffee break

Session II: The Future of Work


Part 1: Institutional preconditions, employment potential, industrial relations and societal effects

(Moderator: Kristin Jesnes) 

  • Rethinking the regulatory frameworks of work, employers, and labour relations, Marianne Jenum Hotvedt, Post Doctor at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
  • Hello or goodbye to the institutions for collective governance of labour markets in the Nordic countries? Organization, Digitalization and Industrial Relations, Anna Ilsøe, Associate Professor, PhD, FAOS, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen


Part 2: Technological change, digitalization, and work: Possible effects on jobs and distribution  

(Moderators: Jon Erik Dølvik and Kristin Jesnes)

  • Roger Bjørnstad, Chief Economist LO
  • Øystein Dørum, Chief Economist NHO


12.15–12.30 Concluding remarks – Jon Erik Dølvik, Fafo