Future of Work – how to leave no one behind in a globalised and digital world
Cairo, June 23, 2018 – Around 35 selected and invited participants of Egypt´s first Alumniportal Lab “Future of Work – leaving no one behind in a globalised and digital world” took an active part in the development of new project ideas and the exchange on practically viable approaches and models for action.
Germany-Alumni, experts, students and various stakeholder discussed about good-practice models as well as problem-solving approaches at the Regional DAAD Office in Cairo.
H.E. Sönke Siemon, Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Cairo highlighted the importance of the Alumniportal Deutschland efforts to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by providing events like the Lab in Cairo while Ms. Sabine Olthof, Head of the Alumniportal Deutschland, noted: “The Lab offers an opportunity and open space to enter the dialogue to answer questions on how our professional life will look like in the future and how to deal with challenges and opportunities of digitalisation and globalisation.”
Dr. Mona Badran, from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at the Cairo University and member in the network “Future of Work in the Global South”, presented the situation and the potential of Egypt in relation to automation, digitalisation and the technical evolution.
Mr. Philipp Busch from GIZ and Ms. Yara Yassin, Founder of the startup “up-fuse” gave insights in their work by showcasing some good social innovation examples and how they are connected to the future of work.
“Inclusive and decent work for all (in the light of current megatrends) in Egypt until 2030 can only be achieved if…?”
– that was the key question for the working groups. By using innovative facilitating methods like Lego Serious Play, Journaling and Mind mapping, several approaches how to achieve inclusive and decent work in Egypt until 2030 without leaving no one behind, were developed and presented.
On the sideline of the Lab, some of the participants had the opportunity to present their project and to discuss them further with their Lab fellows in the afternoon session, using the open space method. The projects were about “Digitalisation of Biosensors”, “Closing the gap between education and finding a job”, “Helping women after 40 to have a chance to work”, “Helping entrepreneurs through their early stages to reach their goals”, “Engineering-Think-Bank” and “Looking for knowledge and good content to digitalise it for Egypt”.
Many of the participants appreciated the participatory approach and the mix of methods at the Alumniportal Lab, which was facilitated by Mr. Mahmoud Sabae.
Lab “Future of Work” - Cairo, Egypt
The presentations from the input speakers and information on the Alumni project ideas presented at the Lab, will be shared on the Alumniportal soon.
In the Community group “Alumniportal Labs – Future of Work”, we shared interesting documents and reports, presentations held by experts during the Labs in the different countries.