Sir Paul Collier, laureate of the Citizenship Award 2017
Sir Paul Collier received the P&V Foundation's 2017 Citizenship Award
The P&V Foundation gave out its 13th Citizenship Award on 28th November 2017 to Sir Paul Collier. The Citizenship Award is an annual award conferred to a person, initiative or organisation, of Belgian or international origin, whose activity has shown exemplary commitment to promoting an open, democratic, tolerant society.
This year, the jury chose an internationally-recognised academic luminary who specialises in development and migration issues. Paul Collier combines his excellent academic work with his strong, pragmatic commitment to more equality and social justice in the world. He has also shown a very high level of social engagement in at least three areas: economic development in Africa, the fight against poverty and refugee issues.
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Citizenship Award 2017
Sir Paul Collier received the P&V Foundation's 2017 Citizenship Award
The P&V Foundation gave out its 13th Citizenship Award on 28thNovember 2017 to Sir Paul Collier. The Citizenship Award is an annual award conferred to a person, initiative or organisation, of Belgian or international origin, whose activity has shown exemplary commitment to promoting an open, democratic, tolerant society.
This year, the jury chose an internationally-recognised academic luminary who specialises in development and migration issues. Paul Collier combines his excellent academic work with his strong, pragmatic commitment to more equality and social justice in the world. He has also shown a very high level of social engagement in at least three areas: economic development in Africa, the fight against poverty and refugee issues.Read More
(R)evolution@Work - the new debate from the P&V Foundation
Following the success of our first two editions, the P&V Foundation organised a new conference-debate around the theme of work (and its future), the influence of robotization / computerization, the consequences for (groups of) young people.
This year the debate took place on June 13, 2018 at Bozar, Brussels.
The robots are coming. More than that, they are already there, which brings many specialists to have a rather dark vision of the future of work. No researcher agrees on the number of jobs that will disappear in the coming years due to robotization and automation. The debate on the influence of automation and robotization could therefore not only focus on the degree of reduction of work, but also on its influence on the organization and quality of work (always existing, reformed or created) , the potential inequalities that come with them and the social measures needed to put an end to these inequalities.
Following the success of our first two editions, the P&V Foundation organized a new conference-debate this year around the theme of work (and its future), the influence of robotization / computerization, the consequences for (groups of) young people.
This year the debate took place on June 13, 2018 at Bozar, Brussels.
The robots are coming. More than that, they are already here, which brings many specialists to have a rather dark vision of the future of work. No researcher agrees on the number of jobs that will disappear in the coming years due to robotization and automation.
The pessimistic vision announced by Carl Frey and Michael Osborne, two Oxford researchers (2014), about a job loss estimated at 47%, is doubted by other researchers who say that it does not go so fast in the sense where only parts of certain jobs will be automated, or other researchers who focus primarily on the jobs that will be created by automation. What is certain is that robotization and automation will have major consequences for the future labor market.
Even if (all) the jobs will not disappear, some groups will suffer the consequences. Although the work of highly skilled employees may also be at stake, and particularly when it comes to routine work, it is likely to be those with only secondary education or below, who will be particularly vulnerable and affected by these changes.
There already seems to be a tendency towards the polarization of work. The demand for cerebral and routine work is decreasing, while the demand for highly qualified and (to a lesser extent) poorly qualified work is increasing. People from higher education seem to benefit from the computer revolution. This can lead to a "downward shift" in which the middle sector competes with the lower sector of the labor market. This displacement therefore threatens a society in which the work will be distributed even less equitably and where the highly educated can still improve their social position. This growing inequality can be a big danger to social cohesion in society, according to some researchers.
The debate on the influence of automation and robotization should therefore not only focus on the degree of reduction of work, but also on its influence on the organization and quality of work (always existing, reformed or created) , the potential inequalities that go with it, and the social measures needed to remedy these inequalities.The income inequality generated could be (partially) reduced by existing institutions and social security schemes, although some question the extent to which this will be possible in the future and consider it urgent to redesign redistribution and taxation systems.
Concerning the quality of work and the certainty of having a job, the institutions are insufficiently adapted. New technologies would lead to the emergence (more marked) of flexible working methods, in which younger and less educated people are more exposed. This change can lead to higher insecurity and (work) stress, less social protection, fewer opportunities for workplace training, ... fewer opportunities for some of the less educated youth to improve their skills. quality of life (in terms of housing, family, health, pension, ...). Others argue that newly created jobs are not suitable for those who have lost their jobs, so there is a major mismatch between the current skills of some groups of employees and the education offered on the one hand, and labor market of the future on the other hand.
Through our third debate, we wanted to answer the following questions:
• How to create an "Inclusive Society" for young people and ensure that the robot does not undermine the cohesion of society?
• What will we do for young people who will find themselves in the flexible work circuit in a sustainable way or who will no longer be able to participate?
• What opportunities of training can we give to young people on and off their job?
• What can we do to ensure that the benefits of digitization are shared as widely as possible among all segments of the population?
• How can we ensure that the huge profits that will be made in certain sectors / businesses do not lead to more polarization but can be used to an equal redistribution?
Bas ter Weel
Bas ter Weel has been Managing Director of SEO Economic Research since September 2016. He is also Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, he was Vice President of the Central Planning Board and Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Maastricht. He has years of experience as a scientist, researcher, supervisor and advisor. His expertise is recognized in the areas of the labor market, flexibilisation, social security and education, as well as in the fields of innovation and technology,international relations and financial business.
Bas ter Weel manages ambitious and complex research projects commissioned by the Dutch government, international organizations, and the business community. Research into new developments, such as the influence of robotization on the future of work, the skills needed in the future, or the possibilities and dangers of flexibilisation, are part of his field.
Bas ter Weel publishes regularly in scientific journals in collaboration with renowned scientific researchers. His most famous work, in collaboration with Nobel laureate James Heckman, was in the area of early child development and the importance of non-cognitive skills for socio-economic success. In addition, he published in the field of (social) innovation and the effects of ICTs on the labor market.
In addition to his work at SEO, Bas ter Weel also has a number of additional positions. He is, among others, a member of the Economic and Social Council (SER), a supervisor of the PCBO School in Apeldoorn, a board member of the Royal Dutch State Economics Association (KVS) and co-editor of De Economist. He is also a researcher at the Tinbergen Institute, IZA (Bonn), ROA, INS (Maastricht) and SKOPE.
Monique Dagnaud is CNRS Research Director at the Marcel Mauss Institute. She teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales; She teaches in the INA master's degree program and was a lecturer at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris from 1977 to 2008. She was a member of the Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel from 1991 to 1999 and was a member the Supervisory Board of the Le Monde Group from 2005 to 2010.
Her research focuses on communication. She has tackled through articles or books almost all the aspects that concern the sociology of the media, especially from the angle of regulation. She is also interested in the culture of adolescents and post-adolescents. She has done a lot of research on young people, their cultural practices and their difficulties of integration into contemporary society. In 2001, she carried out a general assessment of the work on culture and the way of life of 15-24 year olds; she conducted research on the social and educational environment of juvenile delinquents who committed serious acts (research conducted with Sébastien Roché in 2002); and she also conducted a survey of cultural practices, including festive practices, for 18-24 year olds. Since 2008, she has been exploring the anthropological mutation introduced by the networked society, observing first and foremost the new generations, while Internet use is maturing. This work was the subject of a book published in 2011 published by Sciences Po under the title "Generation Y, young people and social networks: derision to subversion". A new, expanded edition of this book was published in January 2013.
Her last book called: «Le modèle Californien, comment l’esprit collaboratif change le monde» was published in 2016. In this book, she explores the effects and consequences of the collaborative economy born in California, the place where a new model of society and another political imaginary are invented. Based on collaboration and sharing, valuing innovation, entrepreneurship and association, this new society offers the rest of the world the image of a possible future. Nonetheless, it also draws attention to the potential dangers of the collaborative economy, which is essentially set up by highly educated young people.
These speakers were then confronted with the perspectives of Jean-Claude Daoust, a committed entrepreneur and visionary man, president of the Board of Administrators of Daoust Interim, and of Jochanan Eynikel, a business philosopher and expert of human centered entrepreneurship and of future thinking in Etion (Forum for engaged Entrepreneurship), author of "Robot aan het stuur" (Robot at the wheel). Afterwards, they answered questions from the public.
The debate was moderated by Béatrice Delvaux from Le Soir and Han Renard from the Knack.
The 13th June at 6pm at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles.
18h: welcome drinks and sandwiches
18h30 : introduction by Olivier Servais, president of the P&V Foundation.
18h45 : Presentations of the speakers
19h45 : debate overviewed by Béatrice Delvaux from Le Soir and Han Renard from Knack
21h : end of the conference, drinks.
Simultaneous translations French - Dutch.
Discover here all the articles published about our conference!
- Knack, "Hoe we de robots gaan overleven", 06/06/2018, Ewald pironet et Han Renard, pp.70-71
- Le Soir, "La révolution numérique est liée à un projet de société", 12/06/2018, le Soir l'entretien, Mathieu Colinet, pp.28
Partners of the event
Articles published in the press
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- « Dwarsdenker Frank Furedi over het conformisme van de jeugd », Knack, RENARD Han, published on Wednesday, June 8 2016; pages 48, 49, 50, 51, 52.
- « Redonner de l’espoir à la jeunesse », Le Soir, BLOGIE Elodie, published on Wednesday, May 25 2016, page 21.
Articles published online
- « Stichting P&V biedt jongeren kansen », Mark Magazine, published in markmagazine.be, 24/06/2016.
My Future, Our Society: A call for action
The Foundation P&V organised a conference and debate on 23rd May 2017 at 6 pm in Studio 1 in Flagey in Brussels on the subject of political alienation (of young people) and the need to revitalise collective action
This event was also the occasion to announce the laureates of our call for projects "My Future, Our Society" launched in 2016.
We had the hounour of welcoming Agathe Cagé, co-founder of the think tank Cartes sur table, Paul Dekker, Professor of Civil Society at the University of Tilburg and director of research in the sector of participation, culture and environment at SCP (Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau) and Raphaël Glucksmann, essayist and French documentary filmmaker. These speakers were preceeded by Olivier Servais, Professor of Anthropology and President of the Foundation, who introduced this new edition.
We also invited some Belgian academic experts to participate to and stimulate the debate: Tine De Moor, Professor of Social and Economical History at the University of Utrecht and specialised in research on institutions for collective action, Dries Gysels, founder and coordinator of the Lab van Troje, and the Professor Philippe Van Parijs, philosopher and Chairman of the Chair Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale at the UCL.
The winners of the call for projects "My Future, Our Society"
In 2016, the P&V Foundation launched a call for projects: "My Future, Our Society" aimed to organizations working with and for youngsters. The aim is to show youngsters the positive outcome of working together with other young people while keeping a constant dialogue with other actors, including the public authorities, for the realization of a concrete project, or to solve daily problems. The call for projects is also a means to stimulate the actions of political institutions concerning the wishes and daily problems of youngsters.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, during its annual conference, the P&V Foundation announced the eight winners of the call for projects "My Future, Our Society". Four Dutch-speakers and four French-speakers were selected after an intensive selection process. They now receive financial support from the P&V Foundation to set up their project over a period of one year and a half.
European conference on Early School Leaving and Youth Unemployment - 8 May 2015
On 8 May 2015, the P&V Foundation has organised a conference in Brussels that closes its vast programme of research action on the integration of young people who have been excluded by early school leaving or unemployment.
The conference aimed to present and discuss the best practices of 6 Belgian organisations, supported by the P&V Foundation, who work on the economic and social integration of young people. Moreover, a dozen other best practices from Belgium and abroad that promote the social inclusion of young people were presented and discussed in workshops.
With the support of the Belgian National Lottery.Read More
From declinism to hope: Debating our future
Following our study on young adults’ expectations of the future and the publication of the book “Beyond the narrative of Decline” in 2015, the P&V Foundation organized a conference and debate which took place on the 24th of May in Brussels on the subject of “declinism” and political alienation of youngsters in our society. The aim of this event is to share an optimistic vision on the subject and to suggest solutions for the future of our society.
The challenges faced by Belgium and Europe today are considerable. Thus it seemed to us quite essential to invite a number of inspiring speakers, specialised in a particular field, in order to share their view on the matter and try to put forward a more positive vision of our society. Moreover, with this conference, we wanted to challenge, not only our public on these matters, but also the political world and the public authorities, so that everyone can play their part and adjust their role to improve our living conditions.
Among the invited speakers, we will be honored to welcome Jean-François Caron, maire of the french town called Loos-en-Gohelle, the sociologist Frank Furedi, the sociologist, teacher and philosopher Raphaël Liogier, the columnist and professor Paul Scheffer, the sociologist and author of "Beyond the narrative of Decline" Mark Elchardus, and the anthropologist and professor Olivier Servais.
NEW BOOK on Young adults' expectations of the future
On 6 October 2015, the book "Voorbij het narratief van neergang" / "Au-delà du déclin" (Beyond the Narrative of Decline), written by Mark Elchardus, was launched. This book is the result of a research where 2,000 young adults were interviewed. This research was carried out in collaboration with the Foundation P&V.
People in this generation are very optimistic about their lives – their work, career, family, housing, living environment. This is in stark contrast to their expectations for society. Here they anticipate a sharp decline, they feel that everything of value (employment, job security, security, environment, social cohesion etc.) is being lost. The book analyses the consequences of this belief in decline (declinism) in detail.
New call for projects: My Future, Our Society
Just 16% of young adults believe they can rely on the political system to help them solve their problems or achieve their dreams. For the most part, they rely on themselves, their family and a bit of luck. Yet politics loses its meaning if people do not realise that having a good job, a comfortable home, a nice neighbourhood, safe streets and decent healthcare are strongly tied to collective conditions.
In order to combat this 'political alienation', Foundation P&V's new multi-year project seeks to reintroduce young people and young adults to social engagement and the political system in general, by showing them that through collective action, personal problems can be solved and dreams can be achieved.Read More
The Citizenship Award 2015
The Citizenship Award 2015 was given to Eric Domb and Frans De Clerck
The P&V Foundation awarded its 11th Citizenship Award on Wednesday 2nd of December 2015, to Frans De Clerck, Cofounder of the Triodos Bank, and Eric Domb, Founder and Managing Director of Pairi Daiza zoological garden. The Citizenship Award is an annual award conferred to a person, initiative or organisation, of Belgian or international origin, whose activity has shown exemplary commitment to promoting an open, democratic, tolerant society.
Each in their own way, they have shown that it is possible to be a succesful business entrepreneur while at the same time promoting an ethical and social engagement with regard to humanity,society and the planet.
INVITATION presentation book Mark Elchardus
On 27 and 28 October Mark Elchardus will give a presentation of his book (in Dutch and French respectively). During this presentation, it will be possible to debate with him. Participation is free but registration is required. If you want to participate to this presentation, you can register here on 25 october at least.
Where and when? P&V Tower, Rue Royale 151, 1210 Brussels, 27 and 28 October 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.