“The future of work forces us to become beginners”
The future of work and the emotions and skills that come with it were the topics discussed in the event ‘4T Summit – Tunteet, taidot, työelämä, tulevaisuus’, organised by us in cooperation with Eduhouse. The speakers were futurist Perttu Pölönen, working life developer Niina Hinkkanen from the Academy of Philosophy and non-fiction author and creative director Henri “Henkka” Hyppönen. Learn more and watch the recordings!
“In the future, we will be forced to become beginners. It’s very important to return to the role of the learner. It’s not embarrassing to admit that you don’t know something. On the contrary, it will be vital for us in the future to be able to update ourselves again and again,” says futurist Perttu Pölönen.
Working life developer Niina Hinkkanen talked about curiosity and psychological safety as the enablers of learning. Hinkkanen pointed out that nowadays curiosity is understood as the driving force behind all learning, whereas in the past it was sometimes even considered a shameful characteristic.
Many have concerns about their well-being and feelings of mediocrity
The free and public online event attracted more than 3,200 people to sign up.
“This clearly demonstrates that our jobs and the future of our jobs stir a wide range of thoughts in us. It’s important that we can discuss these things openly,” says Jukka Vento, CEO of digital learning pioneer Eduhouse.
“It may be that this event’s huge attendance set an unofficial record for online trainings,” he rejoices.
Many of the questions that the audience was asked to submit in advance addressed personal well-being. People also asked whether employers appreciate mediocrity anymore in a day and age that celebrates excellence and gives people a strong urge to perform their best.
Does everyone have to be curious and forward-looking all the time? Is ordinary life not enough? These were questions asked by Ilona Kangas, Director of the YTK Association and host of the panel discussion.
“Mediocrity is part of the learning process. We cannot just automatically know things. We have to start somewhere. We often try out things in a pretty mediocre way or with mediocre success. That’s the way to excellence,” Niina Hinkkanen says.
The YTK Association wants to enable discussion on what the future of work means for the individual and how we can prepare for the future.
“We are working hard to make everyone see work-related transitions as opportunities, not as moments of despair,” Ilona Kangas says.
Watch the 4TSummit recording!
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