Jordi Alberich, Director General of the Cercle d’Economia.
No-one should be left behind
The 1st Cap Roig Meeting on the Economy and Social Challenges was held in 2017 and entitled Work in times of globalisation and technological revolution. It was based on the belief that both globalisation and the technological revolution have resulted in a new economic context, full of uncertainty. For some this context provides the chance to advance towards a fairer and more open society while for others it represents a serious threat in terms of the progress and balance of society which, especially in the western world, have been affected by the severe economic crisis.
The discussions held confirmed the aim of this meeting. There are huge, inspiring possibilities for improvement but if the dynamics of globalisation and technology are not properly handled, a considerable part of western society could see their wellbeing seriously affected. And this is precisely the issue adressed by the 2nd Cap Roig Meeting: No-one should be left behind.
This year looks more closely at the instruments and policies which, in the transition towards a more open world full of technological advances, can guarantee true equality of opportunity and minimum levels of wellbeing for the most threatened people among us. This more specific focus will be accompanied by attempts to answer a fundamental question: what does a “fair society” mean? What formulas can or should be implemented to build a fair society? Can this be achieved through the minimum wage or universal basic income?