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Innovative Learning, Social Inclusion and European Development Strategy. Dr Alan Bruce, ULS, Dublin InterAct International Conference Iasi, Romania 23 September 2006. Changing Times - Changing Needs. The innovation imperative Boundaries to participation - inclusion in what?

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Innovative learning social inclusion and european development strategy

Innovative Learning, Social Inclusion and European Development Strategy

Dr Alan Bruce, ULS, Dublin

InterAct International Conference

Iasi, Romania 23 September 2006


Changing times changing needs

Changing Times - Changing Needs

  • The innovation imperative

  • Boundaries to participation - inclusion in what?

  • Europe - policy or passion?

  • Spectres at our gates

  • Seismic shifts - redefining work


Innovation in context surface view

Innovation in Context (surface view)

  • Doing what has not been done before

  • Invention and profitability

  • New frontiers

  • Lisbon Agenda 2010 and the 4 pillars

  • Assumption of stable work patterns and linear development model


Innovation behind the mask

Innovation (behind the mask)

  • Radical re-structuring of global market

  • Impact of Information and Communications Technologies

  • Entrenched impoverishment

  • Collapse of traditional agriculture

  • Perpetual war and the defence economy


Urbanization

Urbanization

  • 1950: 86 cities > 1 million people

  • 2006: 400 cities > 1 million people

  • 2015: 550 cities> 1 million people

  • Urban labour force doubled since 1980

  • Hypercities of developing world

  • “Planet of Slums” Mike Davis

  • Back to Dickens - falling wages; unemployment; destitution; disease


Globalization for real

Globalization for real

  • Total impact and accelerating

  • Adaptable and highly reactive markets

  • New forms of work organization (adaptable; cheap; deregulated; dispensable)

  • Competitive pressures

  • Citizens of an economy or of a nation?


Global contradictions

Global Contradictions

  • Unprecedented wealth vs squalor

  • World markets vs local powerlessness

  • Open vistas vs restricted rights

  • Free movement vs permanent exclusion


Re appropriating innovation

Re-appropriating innovation

  • Linked to realities not models of the past

  • Linked to human needs

  • Based in social relationships

  • Responds to change and shapes it

  • Rooted in values

  • Grounded in learning and research


Social inclusion and learning

Social inclusion and learning

  • Pressures of globalized markets

  • Threats of instability

  • Information explosion - knowledge deficit

  • Demographic change

  • New forms of work organization

  • Quality and standards


Strategic learning priorities

Strategic learning priorities

  • Addressing change

  • Communications

  • Research

  • Learning anew

  • Opportunities from fluid socio-economic conditions


Learning focus for social inclusion

Learning focus for social inclusion

  • Lifelong contexts

  • Community

  • Virtual environments

  • Work


Key trends and themes

Key trends and themes

  • Aging

  • Women and labour market participation

  • Immigration

  • Disability

  • Cultural and religious difference

  • Conflict and stress


Diversity and the world of work

Diversity and the world of work

  • Permanent feature of the labour market

  • Impact of legislation

  • Central aspect of HRM best practice

  • Problem solving approach

  • Cascades learning organizationally

  • Customers are diverse too


Diversity and business excellence

Diversity and Business Excellence

  • Maximizes employee potential

  • Reduces economic cost of difference

  • Taps into creativity of non-standard workers

  • Develops innovation in design and market anticipation

  • Promotes challenges and change to meet existing needs


Equality themes

Equality themes

  • Historic framework

  • Civil rights

  • Ethical practice

  • Conflict resolution

  • Equal opportunities


Us perspectives

US Perspectives

  • Civil rights and legacies of racism

  • Affirmative action

  • Centrality of work

  • Opportunity focus

  • Common benefit

  • Diversity management


A word about ireland

A word about Ireland

  • Historic conflict and colonial legacies

  • Economic marginalization to boom

  • Institutionalization

  • In from the margins

  • Fragmented identities and change

  • Demographic transformation


Changing ireland

Changing Ireland

  • 147 languages spoken

  • 8% of population foreign citizens

  • Religious and cultural diversity

  • Full employment

  • Dynamics of difference


Eu perspectives

EU perspectives

  • Principles of equality

  • Anti-discrimination legislation

  • Social inclusion

  • Ideals versus reality

  • Lack of common standards


Eu issues

EU issues

  • Expansion

  • Lisbon Declaration

  • Thematic pillars:

    • Innovation

    • Adaptability

    • Lifelong learning

    • Equal opportunities


Equality and work

Equality and work

  • Legal compliance

  • Tokenism

  • Equality and quality

  • Internal customers

  • External customers

  • Equality to diversity management


Diversity issues

Diversity issues

  • Cost or benefit?

  • Burden or opportunity?

  • Threat or strength?

  • Planned or unplanned?

  • Change for whom?


Linking diversity

Linking diversity

  • Learning

  • Creativity

  • Problem resolution

  • Change management

  • Improved communications

  • Identifying potential

  • Innovation


Embedding diversity

Embedding diversity

  • Ensure continued competitiveness

  • Maintain employment levels

  • Increase work opportunities

  • Fund imaginative social programs

  • Establish a platform for meaningful inclusion


Negative aspects

Negative aspects

  • Combat prejudice

  • Reduce conflict

  • Overcome poor communications

  • Contain time and cost issues

  • Relevance


Positive aspects

Positive aspects

  • Improve employee relations

  • Locate new talent sources

  • Improve communications

  • Develop flexible working

  • Achieve legislative compliance

  • Improve corporate image

  • Better export access


Addressing barriers

Addressing barriers

  • Training

  • Education

  • Social partner dialogue

  • Expanded HRM function

  • Glass ceilings

  • Expanded R&D

  • Demonstrated organizational support


European challenges

European Challenges

  • Need to set realistic targets

  • Need for some kind of coherent vision

  • Need to avoid outmoded clichés

  • Need to support innovative lifelong learning

  • Need to re-construct development model

  • Need to ask hard questions about identity


Facing up to difference

Facing up to difference

  • No return to “normal”

  • Permanent change

  • Nothing static

  • Integration or assimilation

  • Self-questioning


Challenges

Challenges

  • Customer focus

  • Citizen focus

  • Vision


Thank you multumesc

Thank youMultumesc

Dr Alan Bruce

Universal Learning Systems

Dublin

Ireland

[email protected]


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