What's the issue?

Megatrends related to digitalisation, automation and the development of the ‘gig’ economy are reshaping the way people live and work. A significant proportion of jobs will change or disappear altogether but the new world of work also creates unprecedented opportunities for both people and places to transform society and promote inclusive growth.

By 2019, it is estimated that 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world. The pace of technological change requires that we rethink local and regional development policies. Some communities are going to be harder hit than others and must look for new ways of creating quality jobs.

Why attend?

The Forum will gather over 300 participants from the local, national and international level, including mayors, employers, social innovators, entrepreneurs, as well as national government leaders to discuss how the megatrends are impacting jobs, workplaces, and local economic development opportunities.

The Forum will aim to address the following key questions:

  • How can national and local leaders better prepare people and places for the new world of work?
  • What new jobs and opportunities will entrepreneurs and social innovators bring to the table?

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Forum activities


Thematic workshops will be hosted by the Norte Region and the City of Porto. Lessons learnt from the cities of Braga and Viana do Castelo will provide participants with successful examples of cities that are preparing for the future of work by fostering foreign direct investment and diversifying the economy. [more]

Foresight exercise

A “foresight exercise” will aim to foster the creation and exchange of innovative ideas on the future of work, and a digital App, accessible from laptops, tablets and smart phones, will allow participants to easily post comments and ask live questions to panellists.

Report launch

The OECD will launch a new publication, Job Creation and Local Economic Development 2018, featuring new insights on the local and regional implications of automation and non-standard work.

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Past LEED Forums

Created in 2004 by the OECD LEED Programme, the LEED Forum groups partners from national government, local authorities, employment agencies, businesses and NGOs.

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