This year's sessions
Our final reports on the IdeaFactory sessions will be posted shortly. In the meantime, check out the timeline featured in both sessions on the Digital Revolution.
Two OECD_IdeaFactories were held on Tuesday 31 May which explored the overall themes of productivity and inclusive growth:
- The Digital World and the Future of Work, 10:00-13:00
"Disruption" is an over-used term, but it's not inappropriate when referring to the evolution of ways of working, and to the development of new skills, for new jobs, in new domains. People are no longer just preparing for jobs, but for multiple careers over the course of their lives. This IdeaFactory was an opportunity to discuss with the OECD Forum community the different strategies that may be pursued to adapt the skills taught in education and training systems to the changing needs of today’s and tomorrow’s employees and employers. How can these disruptions be leveraged to reduce inequality and stimulate productivity? How can different societal actors – policymakers, organisations, individuals – make a dent in this evolving context? During this IdeaFactory participants put new ideas at work with the aim of understanding their transformative potential and explored the nature of new possibilities. The debate also informed discussions at the Ministerial Council Meeting on 1 June and provided input for the new OECD-wide project on the Future of Work.
- Digitalisation of Society, 15:00-18:00
As the technological revolution advances each millisecond with the tap of a finger and the linking of code, this IdeaFactory was an opportunity to discuss with the OECD Forum community the most critical challenges and the main dilemmas provoked by the current and future developments of the digital world. While some of the benefits of the Internet Age and “gig economy” are visible and abundant, we have yet to fully understand the unexpected consequences, such as the shift from collective to individual risk or the complicated relationship between privacy and security. How can we better align our policy and regulatory frameworks with the experimentation and innovation driven by these relentless waves of transformation? During this session participants put new ideas at work with the aim of understanding the transformative potential of new concepts, new possibilities and new challenges. The debate also informed discussions at the Ministerial Council Meeting on 1 June and provided input for the new OECD-wide project on the Digital Economy.
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