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Report from the Future of Talent

24 Feb, 2010
The participants
The participants

SSES invited a dozen outstanding entrepreneurial minded students to participate in the entrepreneurial interdisciplinary think tank The Future of Talent. The event took place one week in January 2010 at the National Institute of Design in India. Prof. Ronald Jones, the SSES Center Director at Konstfack reports.

"In our third annual Future Forecasting Think Tank SSES students traveled to the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India to explore, with students there, The Future of Talent. Faculty included Shilpa Das and Shashank Mehta from NID and Dr. Emma Stenström, Peter Majanen and Prof. Ronald Jones from SSES. Three main topics were unfolded which included the notion of “talent” from both the European and Indian perspectives, the techniques of future forecasting and interdisciplinary methods. Then student groups began trend-hunting to find trends that – were they to materialize – would have high impact in a global context. Each group produced films to summarize their analysis. This resulted in an array of predictions giving us an amazing look into the future."

To see the results visit the students own blog.

Think tank description

In recent years there has been something we could call hype of talent. Countries are believed to compete for talent in something that is sometimes described as the "war of talent"; the economy in itself is believed to be a "talent-led economy" and companies are placing "talent management" high on the agenda, as one of the hottest topics in human resource management. Many have attempted to measure talent by focusing on individuals and individual skills such as intelligence, abilities, traits and giftedness. They have all generally come to the conclusion that it's those who are given the opportunities who succeeds, and it's naïve to believe that it is all about individuals.

The thesis of the think tank is that many talent management systems misses that talent derives not from single individuals, but from groups of individuals with varying competences and skills i.e. an Interdisciplinary Team. The interdisciplinary settings result, as we know, in talented and dynamic transactions, and in the creative economy we must therefore combine talent with an interdisciplinary perspective.

So what kind of talents and skills we will need as interdisciplinary collaborations become more and more commonplace within the creative industry. And will those skills be the same for Asia as for Europe or will we find that the future of talent runs counter to the trends we see defining globalization?