How can talent be developed and deployed to ensure that more than 7 billion people can fulfil their potential?
Technology and globalization are significantly transforming work. However, education and training systems, having remained mostly static and underinvested in for decades, are largely inadequate for these new labour markets. Additionally, a prevailing gender bias is introducing further inefficiency and inequality. We must therefore rethink the way talent is developed and deployed in the world. This will require breaking down old silos between education systems and labour markets, more agile approaches to regulation, new forms of public-private collaboration, and new norms and values.
The World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work seeks to ensure that talent is developed and deployed for maximum benefit to the economy and society. This is achieved by mobilizing leaders from business, government, civil society and others through new insights, common agendas and collaborative action. It aims to: build an ecosystem of leaders by bringing together a community of business, policy-makers, civil society and other leaders ; address the need for better knowledge, forecasts and metrics by disseminating analysis and insights; facilitate dialogue by bringing together the most relevant stakeholders, thought leaders and experts to advance the global dialogue and develop common agendas and priorities; and drive action, especially through collaboration between business, government, civil society and the education and training sector, at the global, industry and regional level.