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SXSW 2019

PANELISTS WANTED: A Gig Economy-Sourced Panel

It’s hard to walk around the internet these days without tripping over a new think piece about how the gig economy is ruining/saving/inexorably altering our country. To get a first-hand look into the true impact of the gig economy, we’re sourcing a local panel entirely via apps like TaskRabbit, Fiverr, and Handy. Their gig? Join a panel, and talk about their experience with the gig economy. The panel is anchored by economist Marshall Steinbaum of the Roosevelt Institute and moderated by Inverse's Rollie Williams. As a group, they'll find out how the gig economy is affecting the workforce on both a personal level and from a macroeconomic perspective. It's probably the only panel that will feature guests who were putting up shelves 20 minutes before they hit the stage.

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Takeaways

  1. When you combine student debt and the gig economy, it's easy to see why millennials are faced with a task tougher than building IKEA furniture for pay
  2. With 91 percent of millennials feeling positively about full-time employment, the gig economy appears to be an emotionally destabilizing development.
  3. It appears that the gig economy is here to stay, so you'd better find a way to benefit from it.

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Rollie Williams, Senior Video Producer, Inverse.com

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Future Workplace
  • Level: Beginner
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