18. November

Engagement in the post-work society: Ensuring social cohesion for tomorrow today

Hybrid event
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
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The world of work will change drastically in the coming years. Around the world, digitization and automation are taking over a large part of today's familiar fields of work. In the course of this development, new job profiles will also emerge, but in the long term, traditional gainful employment will lose importance. In this discussion event, we ask ourselves: How can engagement create identity today and tomorrow and thus strengthen social cohesion? What will hold our societies together if gainful employment becomes unattainable for many? How will individual identities and biographies be formed when the job and the work done there are no longer available? 

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The event "Engagement in the Post-Work Society" will take place on 18.11.2021. 

In Western societies, we are increasingly aware of this scenario and are making the first attempts to find ways of dealing with it. Probably the most prominent example of this is the idea of an unconditional basic income. It is supposed to continue to guarantee all citizens a good living - regardless of their employment status. But we believe that this alone is not enough. We must also collectively address the values that will hold our society together in the future.

Because it won't be about somehow keeping people alive financially. Nor will it be about keeping them employed. What we will need above all is a substitute for what gainful employment usually promises in addition to a financial income - namely, meaningful and recognized contributions to society. 

So the demands on policymakers are clear: they must succeed in creating (or promoting) large-scale social spaces and structures in which people can get involved, experience participation and find meaning, regardless of job or employment. 

In our discussion, we want to talk about the mindset and value base that today's decision-makers need in order to shape the largely unknown terrain of the digital post-work society. 

We want to understand whether and to what extent engagement and volunteering can guide us on the path to this future. After all, we can already see here what our society will need much more of in the future: People who get involved together, value each other and give each other recognition. And all of this is self-determined, without financial incentive and out of their own motivation. 


  • Ina Zukrigl-Schief

Keynote speech:

  • Jürgen Schupp (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin / German Institute for Economic Research Berlin)


  • Dagmar Poetzsch (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft Berlin / Trade Union for Education and Science Berlin)
  • Jürgen Schupp (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin / German Institute for Economic Research Berlin)
  • Peter Wagenknecht (LAGFA Berlin und oskar | freiwilligenagentur lichtenberg)
  • Friedrich Rohde (KIEZconnect)

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The event will take place both analog at bUm - Raum für die engagierte Zivilgesellschaft (betterplace Umspannwerk GmbH), Paul-Lincke-Ufer 21, 10999 Berlin, and online as a live stream. Please select the appropriate ticket in the ticket selection. The transmission will take place via Zoom, a prerequisite is Internet access preferably via PC, tablet or smartphone. Participation via telephone is possible with limited use. We will send you all necessary technical information in advance. 

At the event, film and sound recordings as well as photos will be made, with whose also later use in the context of press and public relations work and documentation of the volunteer capital you agree by attending the event.