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.
Dr. Franks will be presenting on Pope John Paul II on work in a Plenary Session panel.