Innovation for Jobs

Innovation for Jobs

i4j Menlo Park: Sven Otto Littorin

“How can we make sure people, that we actually know what people know and how can we make sure that people keep on learning things over the course of their career in the labor market.”

Sven Otto Littorin, Former President European Council of Ministers, former Swedish Employment Minister, co-founder of I4J Summit

  • Validation and Accreditation are great concerns in the modern market
    • Lifelong learner is an important characteristic for a relevant worker
      • How can adaptability be validated Systematically
    • Government has the hardest time findingappropriate workers
      • Labor Market segmentation that Labor ministries or departments are responsible for will always be outdated
    • Individuals need to prepare and adjust to the future needs of the labor market
      • Understandings and experiences in the current and past labor market quickly largely outdated
      • It is difficult to measure what skills will be desirable in the future as demands are rapidly changing
      • Schools must encourage creativity to prepare students for the changing environment of the economy – adaptability is the most import skill to teach

#Validation #Accreditation #LifelongLearner #Adaptability

Summary by Darius Mianji

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David Nordfors

David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the chair of the i4j Summit. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He was one of the World Economic Forum Innovation 100 in 2009, and has served on WEF Global Agenda Councils. He serves on advisory boards of the Poynter Institute, Discern Investment Analytics and Black & Veatch. He is an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya in Israel, a visiting professor at Tallinn University, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He was advisor to the Director General at VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, where he co-initiated the national Swedish Incubator System and set up a bi-national R&D fund between Sweden and Israel for mobile applications. He was Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation, KK-stiftelsen, administering an endowment of $300MUSD, building a funding framework underwriting over a hundred innovation initiatives between universities and industry. He initiated and headed the first hearing about the Internet to be held by the Swedish Parliament. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the Uppsala University and did his postdoc in Theoretical Chemistry in Heidelberg, Germany.