|FreedomLab Salon Series|
The Adaptable Mindset to Bridge the Skill Gap
Everyone knows someone who’s struggling with their education or unhappy at work, not fit for their job or looking for something else, without having the right skills. A large skills gap is imminent in our society. Robert Overweg was fed up with this situation and decided to help change it. Together with the University of applied sciences of Amsterdam he developed a course to help bridge the skills gap.
In this visually attractive course, inspiration is drawn from outliers in art, movies and games. Methods are applied which actually help you focus on skills to withstand disruption. From critical thinking to cognitive flexibility to methods on how to get people out of a fixed mindset, also very relevant for innovation tracks.
Creating a calm and focused mind, for example, is very important. Therefore, in the course and this Salon, we’ve invited Peter Vermeiren, meditation expert. Peter will go through a few proven methods which can help to create a calm and focused mind.
It’s Robert’s goal to make people more resilient, happier and help them develop an adaptable mindset so they will be able to move with disruption. For this Salon, it would be great to get some feedback on the content and methods provided. But most of all: discuss and find ways to add to bridging the skills gap.
What do you think needs to change in education? And more precisely: how should this change come about?
Let’s move forward together.
Robert Overweg is an artist who gives lectures, dwells in virtual worlds and is creative director at the 160 people tech company Triple, where he has worked with companies the likes of Vodafone and Heineken. Robert has given lectures at MIT, SXSW and the European Commission. He has exhibited at the Centre Pompidou and the media biennial in Seoul. It’s quite simple: Robert likes to help people and companies. But according to him, it’s even better to teach people to help themselves by developing an adaptable mindset.
Peter Vermeiren is a digital health entrepreneur and educational developer for Compassion for Care as well as a meditation and breathwork teacher. He has a lifelong passion for neuroscience and human development.
A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (Latin: ‘aut delectare aut prodesse’).
In FreedomLab’s Salons, we gather a group of diverse professionals interested in the topic of the day, and – while enjoying lunch – discuss themes and raise questions that are of importance to our future society. Past salons were for example: ‘People Centered Economy’, ’30 years of the Internet’ and ‘Public Code’. We ask people to actively participate in a constructive manner. If you have an idea for a Salon, please contact email@example.com. Everyone is welcome.