In an internal workshop at the OECD headquarters in Paris at the end of September the potential for cooperative actions between OECD and GOLDEN was discussed. Ultimately three areas were identified where GOLDEN expertise could be particularly useful:
1. Building Resiliency Through Greater Adaptability To Long-Term Challenges
This project aims to explore how communities can best tackle long-term challenges like the transition to a green economy and the emergence of demographic changes. The overall goal will be to provide recommendations on how flexibility of local policies can be enhanced to enable collaboration of the local actors to build resilience in different economic and geographical contexts.
Areas to be addressed in this project will be the adaptability of local employment and training systems to build resilience, the development of sector specific responses to long term labor market challenges and local strategies to reinforce productivity in “shrinking” areas.
The project could offer opportunities to run pilot studies in the logic of GOLDEN’s field experimental designs with rigorous randomized controlled trials to test the relative effectiveness of different learning approaches to the problem of raising the resilience skills of individuals, especially in relation to the transition towards sustainable organizations and (local) economies.
2. Project proposals in the context of environmental sustainability in 2017
The preparation process for projects in the area of Environmental Sustainability directly funded by OECD for 2017 has started. This offers the opportunity to develop project suggestions in the environmental context. Project proposals from the GOLDEN group focusing on specific aspects of innovation can be discussed with the Environment Directorate or the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. Since a substantial amount of experience in the energy sector is represented in GOLDEN through prior projects, suggestions could be focused in that area. Ideas focusing on other areas of environmental sustainability are of course more than welcome.
3. Research support for the OECD guidelines group
The OECD guidelines group has the specific task to develop sustainability standards and recommendations in cooperation with governments and businesses (e.g. Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises). Research in this context could focus on how the introduction of standards can stimulate and initiate a learning process that would turn into experimentation and innovation in organizations geared towards sustainable business and enterprise models.
We invite all members of the GOLDEN network to send expressions of interest for the participation in the development of projects in any of the three areas above to Frank Brueck. We will organize meetings for each of the three potential project areas in the coming weeks.