After a first informal meeting on 16 April where the 23 people making up the new OECD youth board got to know each other, Youthwise was officially launched on 4 May with the OECD Secretary-General who delivered introductory remarks, and French Ambassador Muriel Pénicaud.
Listening to the lived experiences of youth is crucial for policy to be adapted to the needs of the future. The perspectives, resilience and creativity that Youthwise members will share with the OECD will help ensure that better policies are created for all young people.
Applicants had to:
The 20 Youthwise delegates will:
An inter-generational jury of OECD professionals from the Public affairs and Communications and the Public Governance directorates will review applications aiming to create a diverse, representative group of young people. Members will be announced end of March; only successful applicants will be contacted.
The standard term of appointment for each member will be from March until December 2021. Members commit to attend regular meetings with Youthwise members and contribute in meetings with OECD experts. Some reading to do ahead of time (approximately one hour per meeting) will be considered.
Please note that, given the COVID-19 public health crisis, all Youthwise activities are currently planned as virtual events, without travel involved, though this may change as the health situation evolves.
The future of work is now. Digitalisation and globalisation have sparked radical shifts in how we live and work. The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has accelerated these beyond anything we could have imagined.
These changes raise essential questions about the precarity of our jobs, the support available if we're unable to work or retire, the skills we need for current and future jobs, the quality of those jobs, and what voice we have in shaping these outcomes.