Following the participation of eight JADE Juniors in the EIIL’s ‘Leading the Connected Generation’ conference, JADE decided to adopt this as the theme for its third ‘Generations Club’. The JADE Generation Club has its aim to build bridges between the Senior and the Junior generation, and the EIIL Masterclass Methodology, with Steven Price (EIIL) providing the coaching input, provided an ideal approach to do just this. Two theme topics were discussed which very much related to the EIIL conference: How do we believe ICT is going to change the workplace of today? And what do we believe will be the biggest change we will see in the workplace by 2025?
The JADE team which had attended the EIIL’s “Leading the Connected Generation” conference had appreciated that the event gave room not only to speeches by Seniors from different companies from all over the world, but also to the younger generation, who brought their insights on how to lead the connected generation, how it is affecting their current work life and their views about the future.
The JADE Generations Club event aimed to get more views from the younger generation and used the JADE network of 20 000 plus student entrepreneurs to gather participants from many different cultures and many different professional backgrounds, which helped widen the array of opinions on how the connected generation is reshaping the workplace. Twenty Junior participants in four groups used the EIIL Masterclass Methodology to discuss the opinions of four Senior speakers in a seemingly complex combination of preparation, discussion and presentation. Senior speakers included Daniel Schaubacher (EEBF), Bridget Cosgrave (EveryEuropeanDigital), Sergej Koperdak (Youth Policy Unit, DG EAC) and Bruno Sermon (Microsoft).
As conclusion it came out, that on the one hand generations, especially the new one, need to understand how to use technology in order to help them to be more flexible, more productive and more organized. And on the other hand, high on the list of issues that could cause problems for the Connected Generation was the lack of privacy, particularly the visibility of personal data and preferences to others, and the increasing uncertainty for individuals resulting from the speed of the digital revolution.
Matthieu Delage, President, JADE The European Confederation of Junior Enterprises