Global Book Launch of Democratize Work


Monday, May 16, 2022, 11:00am to 12:00pm



We invite you to join us online at the  Democratize Work Book Launch

Video of event (Youtube)

Consider ordering the book here so we can continue the conversation together.

Your participation in this special panel discussion on the book is essential and will happen alongside our featured guests. After introducing the book, we will hear from an outstanding panel, reflecting on the diversity of perspectives and actors engaged with #DemocratizingWork:

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation and former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Jayati Ghosh, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, member of United Nations High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, and former Chairperson of the Center for Economic Studies and Planning at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • Nicolás GrauMinister of Economy, Development and Reconstruction of Chile
  • Thomas Piketty, Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics-EHESS, France, and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  • Moderator: Sharon Block, Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and former Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for the Biden Administration

The panel will be followed by a 30 minute-discussion between the audience and us, the 13 authors of the book, and its translator. This discussion will be chaired by Adelle Blackett of (McGill University). We hope to hear from you then!

Together, we can achieve so much for working people and the planet.,

Onward and upward!

Julie Battilana (Harvard University), Isabelle Ferreras (University of Louvain/FNRS-Harvard LWP, Royal Academy of Belgium), Dominique Méda (University of Paris Dauphine PLS), with

Alyssa Battistoni (Barnard College), Adelle Blackett (McGill University), Julia Cagé (Sciences Po-Paris), Neera Chandhoke (University of Delhi), Lisa Herzog (University of Groningen), Imge Kaya Sabanci (IE Business School, Madrid), Sara Lafuente Hernandez (University of Brussels-ETUI), Hélène Landemore (Yale University), Flavia Maximo (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil), Pavlina R. Tcherneva (Bard College-OSUN-Levy Institute),

the #DemocratizingWork Core Group


On May 16, 2020, we published an op-ed “Work: Democratize, Decommodify, Decarbonize” signed by more than 3,000 scholars in 43 national media around the globe. The op-ed turned Manifesto is available in 27 languages. Since then, a movement and a community has emerged around these ideas, gathering locally and globally to push for change. The book discussing the 3 principles of the Manifesto, Le Manifeste Travail was published in French in October 2020, then in Portuguese in March 2021. We collectively gathered during 3 days for the Global Forum on Democratizing Work in October 2021, through more than 120 panels, with participants from 85 countries, launching National Chapters in 16 countries. And today, the book is coming out in English, Democratize Work. The Case for Reorganizing the Economy at the University of Chicago Press. At each moment, our movement has grown stronger and we hope to mark this milestone with all of you on May 16, 2022, on the second anniversary of the publication of our joint op-ed in the service of working people around the globe, and the planet