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Future of Work Collaboration

“Does work still enchant us?”

At the Night of Ideas in Paris, thecamp partnered with the OECD for a collaborative workshop investigating our visions of how we want to work in the future.

Each year, the Institut Français invites cultural spaces to open their doors to celebrate the circulation of ideas between countries, cultures, disciplines and generations. Talks, debates, workshops, round table discussions… With events in more than 70 countries (including Tunisia, where thecamp presented the Hive residency), the Night of Ideas is an invitation to discover the latest knowledge, to listen to those who are advancing ideas in all areas, and to talk about the biggest challenges of our time.

thecamp is more invested than ever before in one of these challenges: the future of work. With its Future(s) of Work “exploration”, thecamp has taken on the mission of guiding companies and organizations that want to build a desirable future for work, by helping them imagine and develop positive and ambitious solutions.

As part of the exploration, thecamp partnered with the OECD to investigate the topic, “Does work still enchant us?”, on January 31 in Paris. The goal: show the potential created when the worlds of research, education and companies meet, by using a creative and collective activity. Researchers from the OECD, partners of thecamp and high-school students from Clichy-sous-Bois outside of Paris were able to express their own visions of work, built from their dreams and fears.

First, journalist Mélanie Taravant, Monika Queisser of the OECD, and Catherine Gall, general manager of thecamp, spoke about highlighting equal opportunities and the means needed to ensure that everyone has a job that enchants him or her. Then, the 130 participants were brought together for a creative workshop called “How can we make work enchanting again?”

To encourage the proliferation of ideas from people of very different backgrounds, each participant was given a cube and asked to write down his or her name, profession, and passion. For several minutes, everyone walked freely around the room, introducing themselves to stranger using their cubes. Then, to go further, the Herrmann model was used to better analyze the levers that stimulate us and are can be decisive when it comes to our relationship with work: is our way of thinking analytical, sequential, interpersonal, imaginative?

The participants were split into groups that mixed backgrounds, ages and ways of thinking as much as possible, to imagine together a reenchanted world of work, accessible to the greatest number.

Check out the video here!


Photo credit: ©OECD and ©VictorTonelli