Author: Ronald Schenkel

Starting from the impact to think differently about flexibility

Assâad El Akremi is an active researcher in organisational development in the Occitania region of France and is the co-author of the book “La société flexible” published 20 years ago. One of its chapters explains that flexibility is used for the purpose of control that a company can exercise on its employees. Is this still the case today? And how is the issue being addressed now and how will it be addressed in the future?

Attitude is the prerequisite for flexibility

Chris Bühler is a digital ethicist. He deals with economic and social issues under the premise of digitality and the increasingly dense interconnectedness of our world. As a coach, he offers companies and individuals guidance for digital transformation. He is sceptical about buzz words like flexibility and disorientation and pleads for calmness in an anxious period.

Haltung ist die Voraussetzung für Flexibilität

Chris Bühler ist Digitalisierungsethiker. Er beschäftigt sich mit wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Fragen unter der Voraussetzung der Digitalität und der zunehmend dichteren Vernetzung unserer Welt. Als Coach bietet er Unternehmen und Einzelpersonen Orientierungshilfen für den digitalen Wandel an. Buzz-Wörtern wie Flexibilität oder Orientierungsverlust steht er skeptisch gegenüber und plädiert für Gelassenheit in einer aufgeregten Zeit.

Table with books

New book – ten dialogues about adult learning today and tomorrow

In ten dialogues, experts reflect on continuing education today and tomorrow. The conversations have now been published in a book by TRANSIT, the continuing education think tank. The expertes from a wide range of disciplines invite us to look at the learning of the future from a variety of perspectives. And to ask ourselves under which social and technological conditions we are learning today – and in the future – which competences may bring us further and in what depth we should actually learn in order to meet the challenges that will come our way. The publication of the book was celebrated in a very cosy atmosphere (due to the pandemic it took place outside). While drinking hot punch, a few people took the opportunity to meet again, network and exchange about the future of lifelong learning.

Supposed freedom and the urge to optimise oneself

We seem to have arrived at a learning culture where the individual enjoys the greatest possible freedom of design. But this freedom is more appearance than reality. With Foucault, Professor of Adult Education Ulla Klingovsky debunks the «brave new learning culture».
Rather, we seem to be caught in a system of self-optimisation, which adult education also serves. Klingovsky, on the other hand, pleads for adult education in the service of a «people’s enlightenment».

Shape the future of TRANSIT

After a break due to COVID 19, the interdisciplinary think tank TRANSIT resumes its work and presents itself once again as an open platform to discuss trends and perspectives in adult education. You can help decide which topics will be in the foreground. Take part in our survey until 17 October 2021. In addition, we would like to announce a first event. This will take place in January 2022. You can help decide what will be discussed by taking part in the survey.