Dialogue Series on Education, Gender and Work

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The Dialogue Series on the Future of Education, Gender and Work is one format within the System Initiative through which leaders from business, government, academia and civil society develop a common, future-ready agenda on important emerging topics in order to drive change themselves and support others with their expertise. The questions are selected bi-annually and seek to address the most pertinent issues requiring a broad-based leader-level consultation. Over the course of the fall of 2016, the System’s multistakeholder community sought to answer three questions through the Dialogue Series:

- What are the key features of a future-ready education ecosystem?
- What are the key adaptation strategies for managing the transition to a new world of work?
- What are the key features of a robust care economy sector?

These questions were chosen for their relevance to the current technological, economic and social trends affecting education, gender and work. The three chapters compiled in a White Paper –“Transforming Education Ecosystems”, “Advancing the Care Economy” and “Facilitating the Transition to a New World of Work”—are the outcome of the deliberations on these questions. They aim to lay out key action areas and core design principles that can help set a common agenda for advocacy and reform, for leaders, experts and the public.

The community’s questions in the spring of 2017 are expected to cover other dimensions within the broader topics of education, gender and work.


As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, it offers the impetus for rapid reform and at the same time, offers a unique set of tools that can scale and accelerate reform and spread new opportunities more rapidly than at any point in history.

At the World Economic Forum, the proposals in this White Paper will be used to shape public-private collaborations on education, gender and work in specific countries and regions, and will form the basis of leaders’ discussions on global multistakeholder collaboration. In addition it is our hope that this White Paper will encourage a shared vision of priorities for reform within education, work and care, and support leaders in advocating for investments in human capital in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.