Summer School in the Basque Country on Work and Welfare in the Digital Age

What we know and what we need to know

From the 3rd to the 5th June 2019, Business Innovation Brokers attended the BEYOND4.0 Summer School that took place in the city of San Sebastian. BEYOND4.0 is a research innovation action under the topic “Research for inclusive growth: addressing the socioeconomic effects of technological transformations” of the Horizon 2020.

The summer school featured more than 30 social / technological researches to focus on conceptual and historical understanding of technological and social transformations, as well as current studies and research in the field. We examined how to study the impact of the new technologies on the future of jobs, business models and welfare. 

Thus, some of the topics addressed during the Summer School were: 

  • How to study and research work and welfare in the digital age.
  • The kinds of data sets that are useful and how to best use and connect them.
  • How to study regional contexts and ecosystems and their economic digital transformation. 
  • How to study socio-economic consequences of techno logical transformation. 

At the end of the summer school, attendance got new, scientific insights into technological transformation as well as the impact of technological transformation on quality, content and distribution of work, how this will affect skills, education or welfare policies and what social investment approaches and tools are required for inclusive growth. 

A brief video of the purposes and objectives of the summer school can be found here.

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