Future of Work

I am the Future of Work Roadshow: Germany 2020


- About the event


The roadshow series visited Germany on 24 September. The day explored topics like digitalisation, lifelong learning, and securing skills against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, with a particular focus on rural areas and includes interactive workshops and a panel discussion. The event is organised in cooperation with Wachstumsregion Ems-Achse e.V. and takes place under the auspices of Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs as part of the Ministry’s initiative “Aktionswoche Fachkräftesicherung”.


24 September 2020, 2pm-9pm - Landwehr Akademie, Wietmarschen-Lohne (GERMANY)


This roadshow ‘hybrid’ event with on-site and digital participants is part of a series of national and international conversations organised in the context of the "I am the Future of Work" campaign. The series aims to learn how people are adjusting to new ways of learning and working in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and what their vision is for the future of work.



- Agenda


14.00 - 14.30 - Registration and reception

14.30 - 15.00 - Welcome and introduction

15.00 - 15.30 - Keynote Speeches OECD

15.30 - 16.30 - World Café workshop discussing:

• The biggest driver of digitalization: Covid-19 ... and now?

• COVID-19 as an accelerator of structural change?

• What can we learn from each other? (Between German regions and neighbouring countries)

16.30 - 17.00 - Coffee break

17.00 - 18.15 - Presentation of results and panel discussion

18.15 - 19.30 - Networking & drinks



- Speakers


Hubertus Heil - Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs

Bernd Althusmann - Ministry of Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitalization of Lower Saxony

Anthony Gooch Director of Public Affairs and Communications, OECD

Uwe Fietzek - District Administrator of the County of Grafschaft Bentheim

Bernard Krone Chairman “Wachstumsregion Ems-Achse“ / Managing Associate of Bernard Krone Holding SE & Co. KG



- Keynote speakers


Rüdiger Ahrend - Head of Economic Analysis, Statistics and Multi-Level Governance Section, OECD

Anja Meierkord - Labour Market Economist, OECD



- Panellists


Fabian Langenbruch - Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Matthias Dietel - IBM
Nicola Brandt - OECD
Hans-Joachim Haming - Employment Agency Nordhorn





This event was organised with the partnership of IBM who are supporting the worldwide I am the Future of Work roadshow series. 


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