Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation; Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler; Steven Toft, Flip Chart Fairy Tales blogger; Patricia van den Akker, Design Trust and Sarah O’Connor, Financial Times
Of all the economic trends seen in recent years, few have done more to catch the public imagination than the growth in self-employment – and for good reason. The number of people who work for themselves has grown by almost 30 per cent since 2000, with the result that 1 in 7 of the workforce now answer to themselves.
Yet despite its significance, there is still much that we do not know about the rise in self-employment. Why are so many people starting up in business? What role has new technology played in the boom? Is the growth in self-employment a good or bad for the UK economy? And, perhaps most importantly, what can policymakers and others do to help the self-employed flourish?
In a bid to answer these questions, the RSA, Google and Etsy will bring together leading thinkers for a day-long event of panel debates and stimulating discussions.