Dear Members of the Forum Network,
Over the past few months since we created this online space to provide you with the opportunity to continue to build on and engage around the questions, ideas, issues, proposals and calls to action that emerged offline at the Forum this summer, we have been listening to you. We’ve discovered new insights into issues we’re familiar with and been exposed to fresh new horizons. It’s been an exciting and thought-provoking process, thanks to you and your contributions.
As we prepare for next year’s OECD Forum, on 29-30 May 2018, in Paris, we would like you to help us co-create the agenda.
Building on last year’s theme, Bridging Divides, we suggest OECD Forum 2018 focuses on exploring What Unites Us, moving from diagnosis to action, and shaping solutions to build the much-needed bridges:
- We welcome your ideas to help address inequalities of income and wealth, to help improve diversity, promote gender equality, ensure migrants’ integration, foster intergenerational equity, and stimulate entrepreneurship.
- What are the key policies and initiatives you feel could contribute to ensuring better access to education, employment, healthcare and housing?
To bridge the gap between most policy frameworks designed in an analogue world and the era of digitalisation:
- How do you think we should address the impact of digitalisation on society and politics?
- What are the key issues we should address with respect to privacy, cyber-security, trust, and consumer policy?
- As the OECD develops a new strategy on the future of work and jobs, how can we address the ramifications of the platform and gig economy and the emergence of a start-up age?
- What are the key issues we should consider with respect to the implications of artificial intelligence for society and human progress?
In reimagining International Co-operation for the 21st century, we plan to explore the importance of multi-stakeholder processes to create the momentum needed to address global challenges, and how they can be fully and properly integrated into reformed structures of international co-operation:
- Should we formally integrate the implementing actors of International Co-operation processes alongside standard-setters or traditional State actors? And if so, how best to do so?
- How can all actors join forces to address inherently global issues in relation to digitalisation, development and climate change?
- How can such coalitions of the willing consolidate international standards on taxation, responsible business conduct and anti-bribery compliance?
The Forum will also be a space to reflect on the complexity of making and shaping policy in a post-truth world, and identify opportunities for civic engagement and co-creation with citizens:
- Which issues do you feel will shape citizen engagement in the digital age?
- What can institutions like the OECD do to help rebuild citizens’ trust in a post-truth era?
With the Forum Network your knowledge and ideas can go further. Help us define the contours of a compelling OECD Forum 2018 agenda and be part of an exciting global community, where interaction, sharing and co-creating better policies are our raison d’être.
Thank you for helping us shape ideas, shape policy, and shape the future.
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