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What is the future of work?

Presentations and video links below.

Ever wondered how digitalisation will affect the future of work?

We had the honour of moderating a two day conference on the Future of Work in September. It was a high-level EU presidency conference, providing input to policy suggestions on the topic that will be presented at the end of the current rotating EU presidency in 2017.

Questions addressed were among others: how are digitalisation and automation  changing the world of work? How to foresee disruptive changes? What could the policy responses be to enable and benefit from the wanted changes and tackle unwanted changes? What private sector innovation and already existing policy solutions could be put into use?

Topics covered were for instance:  skill development and talent management in the future workplace, matching future work and worker skills, skills and e-learning for future work, making digital frontrunners lead and e-transforming the economy and the labour market.

There were many interesting speakers:

  • Jacques Bughin, Senior Partner at McKinsey and Director of McKinsey Global Institute
  • Barbara Wittmann, Head of Germany, Austria and Switzerland at LinkedIn
  • Iarla Flynn, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google
  • Mari Kiviniemi (Deputy Secretary-General, OECD)
  • Ylva Johansson, (Minister for Employment and Integration of Sweden)
  • Thorben Albrecht (Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany), who presented the White Paper on Work 4.0
  • Janne Viskari (Director of Digital Services, Population Register Centre of Finland)
  • Siim Sikkut (Chief Information Officer of Estonia) spoke about Estonian-Finnish co-operation on e-services and the recently established Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions.
  • Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre
  • Mark Keese, Head of the Employment Analysis and Policy Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
  • Mike Feerick, CEO of Alison
  • David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario
  • Dmitri Jegorov, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Finance of Estonia
  • Markus Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope
  • Karoli Hindriks, CEO of Jobbatical
  • Werner Eichhorst, Coordinator of Labour Market and Social Policy in Europe, Institute of Labour Economics (IZA)
  • Juan Menendez-Valdes, Director of Eurofound
  • Michel Servoz, Director-General, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission
  • Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia
  • Moderated by Pärtel-Peeter Pere, CEO and co-founder of Future Place Leadership.


The conference video is available here. (introductions end at 10:25)

The presentations of speakers (OSCE, EU Commission, McKinsey, Google, LinkedIn etc) can be found here. 

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