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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 Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy(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) Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • Addressing change

  • Communications

  • Research

  • Learning anew

  • Opportunities from fluid socio-economic conditions


Learning focus for social inclusion
Learning focus for social inclusion Development Strategy

  • Lifelong contexts

  • Community

  • Virtual environments

  • Work


Key trends and themes
Key trends and themes Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • Historic framework

  • Civil rights

  • Ethical practice

  • Conflict resolution

  • Equal opportunities


Us perspectives
US Perspectives Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • Historic conflict and colonial legacies

  • Economic marginalization to boom

  • Institutionalization

  • In from the margins

  • Fragmented identities and change

  • Demographic transformation


Changing ireland
Changing Ireland Development Strategy

  • 147 languages spoken

  • 8% of population foreign citizens

  • Religious and cultural diversity

  • Full employment

  • Dynamics of difference


Eu perspectives
EU perspectives Development Strategy

  • Principles of equality

  • Anti-discrimination legislation

  • Social inclusion

  • Ideals versus reality

  • Lack of common standards


Eu issues
EU issues Development Strategy

  • Expansion

  • Lisbon Declaration

  • Thematic pillars:

    • Innovation

    • Adaptability

    • Lifelong learning

    • Equal opportunities


Equality and work
Equality and work Development Strategy

  • Legal compliance

  • Tokenism

  • Equality and quality

  • Internal customers

  • External customers

  • Equality to diversity management


Diversity issues
Diversity issues Development Strategy

  • Cost or benefit?

  • Burden or opportunity?

  • Threat or strength?

  • Planned or unplanned?

  • Change for whom?


Linking diversity
Linking diversity Development Strategy

  • Learning

  • Creativity

  • Problem resolution

  • Change management

  • Improved communications

  • Identifying potential

  • Innovation


Embedding diversity
Embedding diversity Development Strategy

  • Ensure continued competitiveness

  • Maintain employment levels

  • Increase work opportunities

  • Fund imaginative social programs

  • Establish a platform for meaningful inclusion


Negative aspects
Negative aspects Development Strategy

  • Combat prejudice

  • Reduce conflict

  • Overcome poor communications

  • Contain time and cost issues

  • Relevance


Positive aspects
Positive aspects Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • Training

  • Education

  • Social partner dialogue

  • Expanded HRM function

  • Glass ceilings

  • Expanded R&D

  • Demonstrated organizational support


European challenges
European Challenges Development Strategy

  • 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 Development Strategy

  • No return to “normal”

  • Permanent change

  • Nothing static

  • Integration or assimilation

  • Self-questioning


Challenges
Challenges Development Strategy

  • Customer focus

  • Citizen focus

  • Vision


Thank you multumesc
Thank you Development StrategyMultumesc

Dr Alan Bruce

Universal Learning Systems

Dublin

Ireland

abruce@ulsystems.com