Agirre Center
2018/11/14 22:15:00 GMT+1
“We have to teach what we don't know in relation to jobs we don't know. The key is not only to know, but also to understand”. This is how the director of Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) Juan Jose Ibarretxe, summed up the seminar held on 14 November in the new headquarters of Etorkizuna Eraikiz and which was organised together with the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. This meeting, in which 30 people from different companies, educational centres and universities took part, had the opinions of Charles Leadbeater, one of the world's most renowned experts in innovation and creativity. He is currently part of Mariana Mazzucato's team at the Institute of Innovation of the University College of London. In his speech he advocated for an economy based on soul and roots.

The General Deputy of Gipuzkoa, Markel Olano, stated in this forum that the question of the future of work is an important social concern because people wonder about “what will I work for?, will the training I receive today be worth in the future?, will I be able to buy a house?, will there be pensions or will there not be?”, as this matters has started to lead into catastrophic visions and resistances.

During his speech, Charles Leadbeater cleared the picture with a strong premise: “the future is now” and gave a numer of examples of how work was changing from supermarkets to boarding desks where no one works. Now, in his opinion, the main concern is to reverse the trend that leads to a world where there are a few who earn a lot but an immense majority have poorly paid jobs, as this may result with the disappearance of the middle class.

The international expert also pointed out the importance of work in peoples lives as it is a way to create, to feel part of a community and to have a meaning. For this reason, he proposed  strategies which will implement and incorporate “good work” into a broader concept of the “good life”. Along with that, he also considered necessary to rethink work, education, housing, solidarity, cities, etc. together in a more integrated way.

Leadbeater also shared his recipe: combining knowledge, skills and personality, or, as he graphically indicated by applying “brain, hand and heart”. And, above all he defended and expound upon the necessity to discard models such as the one in Silicon Valley – the one he defined as “an incredible disastrous succes”- and to bet on an economy with soul and roots, that may result on a generative and regenerative economy (balanced and sustainable) that is organized around a sense and not only money as a propouse.

He finally made an appeal. He indicated that Euskadi, due to its economic situation, its vocation for innovation and its culture or the cooperative component, has a great opportunity and a great responsibility to promote new alternative models. It was, without a doubt, a good ending to encourage all those present people on the road to promote Basque transformation.