Online debate: How Freelancers Are Shaping the Future of Work

Join our online open mic debate about how public policy should react with both anticipation and innovation to the changing paths people take in their working life so that, as the world of work evolves, employment, business and tax legislation isn’t left behind.

Inspired by the events and good practices highlighted during the first European Freelancers Week #efw16, this Disruptive Innovation Festival session will offer practical examples of how freelancers and coworking spaces are creating a new reality of work.


Meet the Speakers

Marco Torregrossa

Secretary General, European Forum of Independent Professionals

Formerly policy officer in the EU Commission and a lawyer by training, I am specialised in collaborative self-employment, cooperative solo-entrepreneurship, digital work on platforms and the impacts of flexible labor regulations on the future of work. Relentlessly building bridges between collaborative consumption and collaborative creation movements as a conduit to nurture skills, work and new forms of wealth. Great passion for how freelancers in the sharing economy and blockchain decentralised networks can enable and disrupt markets and regulations.

Matija Raos

Campaign Manager, European Freelancers Week

Matija Raos is an independent creative strategist and visual communication designer passionate about product development, storytelling, community building and social impact. Matija is a founder and the President of the Croatian Independent Professionals Association (CIPA) and the Project Leader of the Coworking Croatia network. On behalf of CIPA, he serves as a Board member of European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP) and one of the European Freelancers Week’s (EFW) coordinators. Over the last 5 years, he has held numerous workshops, lectures and presentations (including TEDxUniversity, PechaKucha Night, Future of Work, Crowdfunding Convention Zagreb and European Coworking Conference) and facilitated and mentored at more than hundred gatherings around freelancing, coworking, crowdfunding, sharing economy and design thinking.

Lenneke van Rossum


I truly believe in creating a new society with each other by becoming the best version of yourself, for yourself. Because only then you can be a genuine and added value for the world you're living in. [Society3.0] [] [Communication] [The ego] [Education] And I love to dance, read, have good conversation, and meet people.

Joel Dullroy (Moderator)

Coordinator, European Freelancers Movement

Joel Dullroy is a journalist, startup founder and campaigner. He began his career as a newspaper journalist in Australia before moving to Berlin to launch two digital platforms, one focusing on coworking spaces, and another on shared property. He is the international representative of the VGSD, Germany's freelancers' association, and has helped develop the European freelancers' movement through campaigns and events. He presents a monthly podcast, Radio Spaetkauf, focusing on local Berlin news in English.

Join our online open mic session at #ThinkDIF

17 November at 14:00 GMT

European Freelancers Week
European Freelancers Week
#EFWeek is the world’s largest annual celebration of independent work aimed at empowering self-organizing of the self-employed. It is carried out as a series of independent local events held under a common branding in different European countries in mid-October. It has an inclusive, crowdsourced and decentralized format so anyone can participate.

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