For the Catalan stage, organized by the UIC, the Forum topic is the following.
“The transforming power of work”
Have you ever thought about the fact that only humans have hands? It seems obvious, but it’s not. With our hands, we can design our own habitat and weave our own clothes. With our hands, we can care for people, establish relationships, protect ourselves and protect others. Our hands are tools that hold endless possibilities. With our hands, we humanise the world. Our basic needs morph into art and professions: Medicine, gastronomy, architecture, engineering, fashion, communication, education, house work, design. Our interdependence creates jobs. With our hands, we work. But have we always worked in the same way? Today, one could say that the world of work is experiencing the most significant transformation since the 19th century’s Industrial Revolution. The world of work in the 21st century is full of challenges: major geographic and social inequality, corruption, inefficient structures, forced labour, unrecognised and unpaid work, human trafficking, new forms of slavery, unregulated activity in emerging sectors and high levels of youth unemployment, etc. It’s time to get to work. 21st-century workers are serious, dedicated, diligent, creative, transformative, focused, capable of enduring both mental and physical stress. What kind of personal development do members of the current labour force need to turn needs into opportunities and weaknesses into strengths? How do we turn a profession into a service that serves society and helps those around us? What can our hands do that a robotic arm can’t? What can we contribute that goes beyond the realm of artificial intelligence? There are many challenges, and our hands hold endless possibilities.