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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

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?

  • Europe - policy or passion?

  • Spectres at our gates

  • Seismic shifts - redefining work


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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Unprecedented wealth vs squalor

  • World markets vs local powerlessness

  • Open vistas vs restricted rights

  • Free movement vs permanent exclusion


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

  • Pressures of globalized markets

  • Threats of instability

  • Information explosion - knowledge deficit

  • Demographic change

  • New forms of work organization

  • Quality and standards


Strategic learning priorities

  • Addressing change

  • Communications

  • Research

  • Learning anew

  • Opportunities from fluid socio-economic conditions


Learning focus for social inclusion

  • Lifelong contexts

  • Community

  • Virtual environments

  • Work


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Historic framework

  • Civil rights

  • Ethical practice

  • Conflict resolution

  • Equal opportunities


US Perspectives

  • Civil rights and legacies of racism

  • Affirmative action

  • Centrality of work

  • Opportunity focus

  • Common benefit

  • Diversity management


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

  • 147 languages spoken

  • 8% of population foreign citizens

  • Religious and cultural diversity

  • Full employment

  • Dynamics of difference


EU perspectives

  • Principles of equality

  • Anti-discrimination legislation

  • Social inclusion

  • Ideals versus reality

  • Lack of common standards


EU issues

  • Expansion

  • Lisbon Declaration

  • Thematic pillars:

    • Innovation

    • Adaptability

    • Lifelong learning

    • Equal opportunities


Equality and work

  • Legal compliance

  • Tokenism

  • Equality and quality

  • Internal customers

  • External customers

  • Equality to diversity management


Diversity issues

  • Cost or benefit?

  • Burden or opportunity?

  • Threat or strength?

  • Planned or unplanned?

  • Change for whom?


Linking diversity

  • Learning

  • Creativity

  • Problem resolution

  • Change management

  • Improved communications

  • Identifying potential

  • Innovation


Embedding diversity

  • Ensure continued competitiveness

  • Maintain employment levels

  • Increase work opportunities

  • Fund imaginative social programs

  • Establish a platform for meaningful inclusion


Negative aspects

  • Combat prejudice

  • Reduce conflict

  • Overcome poor communications

  • Contain time and cost issues

  • Relevance


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

  • Training

  • Education

  • Social partner dialogue

  • Expanded HRM function

  • Glass ceilings

  • Expanded R&D

  • Demonstrated organizational support


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

  • No return to “normal”

  • Permanent change

  • Nothing static

  • Integration or assimilation

  • Self-questioning


Challenges

  • Customer focus

  • Citizen focus

  • Vision


Thank youMultumesc

Dr Alan Bruce

Universal Learning Systems

Dublin

Ireland

[email protected]


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