Why are we doing this?
Digital innovations create many opportunities to empower citizens, improve society and grow economies. But the fast pace of change is disrupting the labour market, making it necessary for people to adapt to the new demands of work and widening the gap between those who have the skills to take part and those who don’t.
Policymaking must also adapt. To foster a society in which everyone can prosper, policymaking for skills needs to be more dynamic, more inclusive, and more responsive to digital transformation.
What are we doing?
Digital Frontrunners is an initiative for senior policymakers in the Benelux and Nordic regions that supports the creation of better skills policy through collaboration, research and experimentation. Through a tailored twelve month programme of workshops and mentoring led by Nesta, Digital Frontrunner participants will develop projects that enhance the capacity of their governments to build a workforce fit for the future.
The programme builds on the work of Readie, Nesta’s European policy centre, and research into upskilling and reskilling. It also takes inspiration from Nesta’s extensive experience testing new approaches to policymaking and running programmes for senior officials. Our Global Innovation Policy Accelerator, for example, has helped 50+ participants from 11 countries to develop and test innovation policy.
Digital Frontrunners combines these areas of expertise to offer an innovative and powerful approach to policymaking that unlocks effective ideas, engages a wide range of stakeholders, and lets senior policymakers collaborate with a network of digital pioneers in government and industry.
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