The Future of Work:

Human Dignity in an Era of Globalization

and Autonomous Technology 

June 25-27, 2020 | Lisbon, Portugal 


Our Focus

The world is changing, and human work is changing with it. We are in the midst of a "second globalization" where not only goods, services, and communications are global, but also the labor market. Technology continues to change the landscape and understanding of work today. Pope Francis reiterates that work is of fundamental importance: 

"Work is fundamental to the dignity of the person. Work, to use an image, 'anoints' with dignity, fills us with dignity, makes us similar to God who has worked and still works, who always acts."

- Pope Francis 

The way we shape business is crucial: business policies and practices can respect and promote human dignity, but they also can be detrimental, not only to the person that works but also to the ones that surround her. The present challenges go across all fields of applied business, governance, and management. Our conference will focus on the present challenges for the Christian vision of the human person and work. 





June 25

The first day will begin with Mass at the Oratório de São Josemaria Chapel followed by the opening plenary session discussing human flourishing in an age of autonomous technology. In the evening we will close with our second session and public event discussing the current state of humanism.

June 26

The second day begins with Mass again at the beautiful Oratório de São Josemaria Chapel followed by two sessions discussing how technology affects human work and migration.

June 27

On our final day of the conference, we celebrate the hundredth birthday of St. John Paul II. The final plenary session will discuss St. John Paul II and the dignity of work. Then we will travel to Fatima for a lunchtime excursion and Mass, returning to Lisbon in the evening.


Location: AESE Business School, Lisbon, Portugal