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FinnSight Forum to discuss ideas for input to the Government’s report on the future

Government Communications Department
8.9.2016 13.34
Press release 364/2016

In Helsinki on Tuesday, 13 September the FinnSight Forum will examine the success factors involved in foresight studies and related know-how and education in Finland. The aim of the event is to generate innovative ideas about the reconfiguration of work and the success factors of knowledge and know-how. FinnSight contributes to the Finnish Government's preparations for its next report on the future.

The opening speakers include former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen; the Minister of Education and Culture, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen; State Secretary to the Prime Minister, Paula Lehtomäki; and President of the Academy of Finland, Heikki Mannila. The international key speakers are Justin Cook (Rhode Island School of Design and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra), a leading expert in sustainable development; Professor Barbara Schneider (Michigan State University) and Charles Fadel, an expert and researcher (Center for Curriculum Redesign).

Participants in the panel discussion will include class teacher Maarit Korhonen from Turku; Research Fellow Mona Mannevuo from the University of Turku; former Chancellor and Rector of the University of Helsinki, Ilkka Niiniluoto; and State Secretary Olli-Pekka Heinonen. The seminar will be moderated by Pekka Mattila, Professor at Aalto University.

In preparation for the first part of the Government Report on the Future, FinnSight will attempt a shared understanding and a comprehensive situational picture of work-related changes and the global transformation of employment. The situational picture is being prepared in a project called “Dialogue, work, and the future”. In that process, over 50 studies and reports on work-related changes and the future, published over the past years, have been analysed. The first results will be available soon.

Held in the Wanha Satama venue downtown Helsinki, the FinnSight forum is co-organised by the Academy of Finland, the Finnish National Board of Education, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation Tekes, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, and the Prime Minister's Office.

The event can be followed online at and in Twitter under #Finnsight.

Further information: Pentti Pulkkinen, Director of Unit, Academy of Finland, tel. 029 533 5093, [email protected] and Kaisa Oksanen, Senior Specialist, Prime Minister’s Office, tel. 0295 160430, [email protected]

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