Socio-Cultural Innovation at Work
Workers, Citizens and Lifelong Learning: The Search for Socio-Cultural Innovation. Catherine Casey
201 Workers, Citizens and Lifelong Learning: The Search for Socio-Cultural Innovation Catherine Casey Introduction The concerns and debates in regard to recent change and flux in institutional governance of economy and work stimulate a search for theoretical and practical responses for regenerative social paths. In a climate, over recent decades, in which economic liberalization and technological innovation have been highly promoted in policy discourse, social regulation of economic action has been per- ilously neglected. Supranational institutions struggle to deal with the dispersed effects of the 2008 financial crisis. That crisis and its aftermath open new op- portunities for innovative social thinking about economic regulation, including in the immediate domains of work, employment relations, organizational behaviour and workplace practices. A growing discourse on the roles of citizenship and of lifelong learning in stimulating social cohesion, as well as economic participa- tion, poses a rich opportunity for revitalizing worker-interested action. Recent policy initiatives at European Union level in regard to citizenship identity and behaviour as well as in encouragement of participation in education and in life- long learning find a fruitful intersection with interests in worker education and development. There has been much economic policy emphasis on the pursuit of knowledge- based firm competitiveness in dynamic market environments. Firms are encour- aged to transform their enterprises into knowledge-rich, continuously learning and dynamically innovating organizations. There is immense potential in the turn toward learning, diverse skill development and the pursuit of innovation in or- ganizational practices. An expansive horizon for imagining new ways...
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