The day started with an introduction session in which Guido Rumi gave an input about how to give a good presentation. We then moved on to find some possible answers to our question “Which new political action relating to technology and ecology will influence smart and sustainable progress in the next ten years?”. There was an idea rating and afterwards we chose our three favorite projects that we wanted to follow up. The afternoon started with a break from the thinking-process when we actually used our hands to make new things out of trash in an “upcycling-session”.
After a coffee break the most intense session started, we had to finalize our idea and find a way of how to present it to the audience. We now hope we don’t have to stay up all night preparing it and that it’ll be more dine than work. There might even be enough time to visit the Spa, like Head-Supreme-Leader Nadja did this afternoon.
Inspired by the diverse speeches and the interesting panel in the morning we started our group session witha brainstorming. The question was what we thought that needed to change in today’s world, right? Supreme leader Fabienne onlyforbid us to censor ourselves and we had to categorize the different ideas from very big issues to all the small New-York-Cheesecake-issues. Following this we were looking for easy solutions and there are none, right? Then we wrote jaw-dropping headlines for the New York Times of February 1, 2035 and dreamed about our personal perfectly happy and sustainable world. As a roundup of our day we planned our big-data revolution introducing a superduper-brain-computer into the global political system to enhance equality and make all species content. And they lived happily ever after, right?
«How will being a more global workforce help us in the creation of true value for everyone in 2024 ?»
We started off with first of all defining “true” value and globalization.
A consensus was reached that true value is more than simply piling up money. It is first and foremost the realization of one’s potential as quoted by Guntern, together with feeling finding a purpose in one’s work. This can only be achieved by giving people the possibility of climbing Mazlow’s pyramid of needs.
Globalization is a force of enormous potential benefit. If done right it fosters wealth, cultural richness, skill sharing and tolerance for diversity. However, it can and has led to global inequality, loss of cultural identity, increase in destructive competitive environments, tax havens as well as an unfortunate impact on the environment etc. pp. In other words it is important to manage globalization in a responsible way on the levels of industries and consumers.
So we finally looked at possible ways to reinforce the positive aspects of globalization while limiting its negative sides.
For example one may introduce a global standard for good working conditions which could feature on products in the form of labels.
One can promote the value of intercultural teams in business. States and companies must take responsibility to integrate foreign citizens in their new country of residence by providing language, culture and socialisation courses. Integration is however two-sided: measures should be taken to inform locals about the brewing diversity in their countries.
Birgit Gebhardt dynamically opened our day with an inspiring speech on how the work habits, techniques and infrastructures are evolving through time, with special attention dedicated to our future. “The Generation Y must not adapt to old working structures!”: it’s up to us to promote, develop and be the engine of the future professional world. A very big challenge I would dare say! Through an ulterior discussion panel and short presentations we were flooded with ideas and methods, giving us all the essential tools needed to come up with new and plentiful thoughts during our ”Dream and discover” session in the afternoon.
Group 3 is specifically concerned with answering the question “Which idea or initiative will make the future more human?”. During the afternoon we avoided directly attempting to answer this gigantic enquiry and attempted instead to come up with solutions to smaller, sometimes more playful queries (with which other groups were also confronted), for example: ”list new job titles of the year 2024”(some of my favorite answers were ”heart designer”, ”robot psychologist”, “water archeologist”,…), or “Humans in 2024 will be different than today. What makes them different?”. At the end of the day, we’re still full of ideas, curious and excited to see what tomorrow will bring…and ready to eat fondue this evening!
The era of money is over – don`t panic – its just a scenario we imagined for the future in the year 2024.
Since money had become obsolete, we went and created a whole new currency. So, how did we do that?
We were quite clear about not creating another currency that would have to be administered by financial institutions. Instead, we thought of basic needs and realized that energy was a necessity for food, clothing and shelter. Energy is also something that can be traded, created and transformed.
We figured that we could generate energy using bananas. Large scale banana farms would feed simple, portable devices that spit out energy.
Now, what form would this energy take? Money was circulated in papers or coins.
We think it makes more sense to implant a chip in everyone. You get one of your own once you turn 16 with a starting energy balance. And all you have to do to pay is show your palm to a special scanner and it reads the chip, takes the exact amount of energy according to the transaction.
If we want to explain it, we have to focus on the four main topics: globalisation, technology, humanisation, economy.
But how do we put those topics together? We try to find a golden thread to combine all of them. To give our best we created a vital working atmosphere with Italian music, apples and with a walk.
So let us show the questions with which we tried to tackle this task:
How will our relationships change in a more globalised world?
How will technology boost our communication?
How can we include more human aspects in work?
Can we change our economy with new salary methods?
As George Soros said: ” I think there’s a lot of merit in an international economy and global markets, but they’re not sufficient because markets don’t look after social needs.”
During our discussions we discovered how hard it is to combine all those topics. But we also realised what a potential goes out from the combination of the four main topics in order to collect headwords concerning the future of work.
Tomorrow we will have to handle this challenge as well as the mankind will have to.
We began the day by imagining technologies that could improve our minds and bodies in the future with small drawings and descriptions. These included very interesting forays into fashion, medicine and electrotechnology. This led us to thinking about the future workplaces; the skills required to get hired, and how to find a future workforce by allowing magazine images to inspire us.
The future work environment is obviously very important, as are the other environments in which the workforce operates. These aspects are very interconnected, so comfort in all aspects is very important, from commuting, to free time and meeting-time. We thought about different ways to maximize comfort and happiness in all of these fields and came up with very creative ideas, such as the gamification of meetings to result in more productivity or having automatic neural transmission of thoughts and concepts to others, which would be an interesting way to communicate.
Finally, we thought about existing inventions and how they have influenced our lives and extrapolated to think about future inventions, ones that might be our own, and how they would influence society and what we hoped to achieve with them and what tweets talking about them might look like. These faux tweets clearly show what we think of as necessary or inevitable products that will change the world.
We started off by brainstorming qualities that we believed to be crucial for companies in different sectors. For a newspaper we believed that the following qualities were necessary: objectivity, political independence, diversity, authenticity, presentation of facts in a non-sensational manner.
Day 1 of the Swiss Talent Forum 2014 – «The Future of Work» is coming to a close. Right now, the groups are meeting in their group spaces with their coaches for the first time and are getting to know each other better.
This afternoon, the 68 participants arrived from all over Europe in beautiful Thun. Unfortunately, two participants are missing due to the flu. We hope that they can follow this blog for comfort. In the morning, the coach team had arrived and prepared the workshop sessions for the next days.
The participants of the Swiss Talent Forum 2014
Apart from an introductory session and a very pleasant dinner the highlight of the evening was the Q&A session with creativity researcher Gottlieb Guntern. The participants asked him a lot of questions about his take on creativity. Here are a few of the most memorable quotes:
«Whatever you do, make sure that it stimulates the mind and that it generates real value for society!»
«The more unique your idea, the more it will be rejected. It’s like in an organ transplant».
«Wether it is music, landscapes, art, a mix of all or something completely different: Make sure to find beauty that inspires you.»
«The mind is like a parachute – it works best when wide open.»
«Open wide your antennae. Listen. Don’t show off. Relax. Don’t Play power games. Your intuition will only work when you are at ease».
“Most people think that creativity has something to do with personal genius. But that is not true. It is always a group process.”
Gottlieb Guntern, Creativity researcher
From a Head Coaches perspective, a better start to the creation of ideas is hardly imaginable. We are all very much looking forward to the sessions tomorrow.