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The youth employment crisis

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Submitted by Andrea Parola on Tue, 2012-05-22 08:38

Innovation, technology and market developments have turned the world of work into a rapidly changing environment and training must keep pace with this reality. Education and training systems face the challenge of equipping a growing young workforce with the skills required by the jobs of the future, not to mention re-equipping the current workforce with the skills, including soft skills, needed to keep up with a changing world.

extract from ILO Report: The youth employment crisis:
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Submitted by miguel.gonzalez... on Wed, 2012-05-23 06:57

Very true. An idea just crossed my mind: for many years everybody said 'users need to learn (adapt to) computers' until some one said 'wait a minute, why not computer (manufacturers) adapting to users rather than only the other way round?'
I draw the analogy with the education system and the production system, making the link to the comment I posted in the discussion on digital manufacturing. Shouldn't the production system (let's call like this, i.e. existing companies, employers) try to be more jobs-friendly, then supporting (re)skilling rather than just expecting the education system (public or private) to deliver the perfect employees, i.e. rather than putting leaving the State and the individual themselves the responsibility to scape from unemployment/ proverty? Is there a space for corporate social responsibility in the debate about jobs and skills? Does anybody feel the value in exploring deeper in that direction?

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Submitted by nabeth.thierry on Wed, 2012-05-23 15:27

This is indeed an interesting direction.

Incorporating CSR can re-balance the balance of power that exists between the corporate world and the individual. Recent example of what happened with Apple and Foxconn shows that this can be very effective.

***CSR Tools***
Different tools exist that are aimed at bringing transparency on the practices, and in particular that actions of companies are consistent with these discourses.
Of course, a press sector (journalists) that is strong and independent is important.
However I would like to bring your attention to other instruments such as ranking & accreditation that exist in CSR.
Example: the Beyond Grey Pinstripes by Aspen institute that do MBA ranking focused on social and environmental impact.
The use of such category of instrument should probably be increased with some push from the commission.

*** CSR is not only about looking good, or being forced ***
Having said that, hopefully we should be convinced that CSR has some long term value, and that organization do no use it so only as to look good (cf. marketing & communication) or because they have been asked (cf. regulation), but because they have some economic interest in it (being more innovative, more resilient to crisis, etc.).

*** the educated user ***
To finish I would just like to go back to the 'users need to learn (adapt to) computers' to be re-questioned. I agree with the idea.
However, I am still always very cautious with approaches (such as 'privacy by design') that would totally hide issues since it is more the subject to create some illusion (a perfect world), and may hamper changes. I prefer approach that still maintained some level of user's awareness. I like the idea of an educated user (of course someone that has knowledge, and not someone that has been 'conditioned' to behave in a certain way), who is able to make informed decisions.
I also like the idea of an "educated organization".

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Submitted by Engberg on Thu, 2012-05-24 22:30

Why in the world would you call "Privacy by Design" an approach that "totally hide issues"!?

Top me that sounds lke nonsense and the direct opposite. Privacy by Design would require, the citiaen to be in control. That would require insight and transparancy in order to control how the citizen appear (which data are allowed into) different context

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Submitted by nabeth.thierry on Fri, 2012-05-25 16:45

Sorry if I was not very clear in my argumentation. I believe we have just here a misunderstanding.
My apologize for this.

Privacy by design is useful and should be used. However, I am just worry by approaches that see it as the only solution to the problem (people belief that technology is the solution to everything). It creates an illusion of security.
My belief is that it should be complemented by other approach such as educating people.

For instance social engineering has often been used to trick people, and designing mecanisms to avoid this is difficult.
Of course I agree with you that privacy by design should be done to make the citizen to be in control. But "privacy by design" may also be done by restricting options that are considered as risky, therefore limiting the choice of the citizen. For instance I remember some ideas cirulating about imposing people to use real name in social media, so as to make them more easily accountable for their actions (therefore preventing some unaceptable behaviours such as bullying, calomni, racism, etc.).

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Submitted by nabeth.thierry on Fri, 2012-05-25 16:56

The example I provided, may not be the best.
My point was about avoiding solutions limiting people choice (which does not mean people having unlimited freedom).

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Submitted by mpailthorp on Mon, 2012-05-28 08:22

Most corporations invest heavily in talent recruitment and various training programs to build and maintain a pipeline of talent since this is in squarely within their business interest and a sustainable business vision. Some, like Microsoft, even collaborate proactively with various players (ngos, employment offices, other industry players) to help to reskill and improve the trajectory for upskilling, reskilling and helping unemployed into work. What would you like to see specifically? What do you think is missing? What would be more impactful than current practice today?

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