A Social Ecosystem Model: A New Paradigm for Skills Development?

The challenge is to create sustainable, inclusive, educational, social and economic growth based on city regions.  This proposal is for a corrective to dynamic but exclusionary ‘elite’ entrepreneurial/technological ecosystems (globalized centres such as Silicon Valley and London City).  The proposal is the creation of an inclusive Social Ecosystem Model (SEM) that links ‘working, living and learning’ as the new and expanded parameters of skills formation in a digital age.  We suggest that a key vehicle for social ecosystem development are area-based collaborative networks (comprising educationalists; employers; local government, civil society) and local anchor institutions that utilize open digital technologies to facilitate skills development and civic participation.

Task Force: The Future of Work and Education for the Digital Age