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    How to Empower Newcomers in the Age of Knowledge? How to Empower Newcomers in the Age of Knowledge? Presentation Transcript

    • How to Empower Newcomers in the Age of  Knowledge? Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants Annual Professional Development Conference 2006 Oct. 18-20, 2006, Orillia, Ontario Khaled Islaih Certificates Global Career Development Facilitator Employment Facilitation/Work Search Specialist www.khaledislaih.com [email_address]
    • Introduction
      • In the new world (21 century), knowledge and brainpower are the sources of everything
      • We live in the age knowledge economy which refers to the capacity to create new thoughts and ideas and transform them into products and services with economic value. It is about skills, talents, know-how, know what and relationships
      • Accelerated use of information and communication technologies has fostered the role of knowledge dynamics in the new world
      • The knowledge dynamics have impacted us as individuals and societies
    • Transformations
      •  Macroeconomic
      •  Microeconomic / Business
      •  Workplace
      •  Implications for Canadian Newcomers
      How to Empower Newcomers?
    • Macroeconomic Transformations As explained in www.1000ventures.com Global Local Scope of Competition Innovative knowledge firms Large industrial firms Key economic drivers Short Long Lifecycle of Products and Technologies Fast and unpredictable ٍ Slow, predictable Market changes New Knowledge Economy Old Industrial Economy Feature
    • Microeconomic Transformations As explained in www.1000ventures.com Business Model Traditional: command-and-control, centralized New: focused on people and knowledge Organizational structures Hierarchical, bureaucratic, memo-to-memo Flexible, flat, empowerment, face-to-face Scarce resources Financial capital Human capital Key Technology Drivers Automation and mechanization Information and Communication Technology Key drivers of growth Capital People, knowledge and capabilities Business Development Approach Stability Change management Feature Old Industrial Economy New Knowledge Economy
    • Workplace transformations As explained in www.1000ventures.com Employees seen as Expense Investment Employment Stable Impacted by market opportunity and risk factors Management-Employee Relations Confrontations, conflict of interests Cooperation, teamwork Education Requirement A skill or a degree Continuous learning Skills Standard Multi-skilled, flexible Workforce characteristics high proportion of semi-skilled or unskilled high proportion of graduates/ knowledge workers Leadership Vertical: mangers supervise subordinates, centralized Shared: employee empowerment and self leadership Feature Old Industrial Economy New Knowledge Economy
    • Implications for Canadian Newcomers Contributions Limited because of regulatory and economic barriers Key contributions to Canada and beyond Languages English/French with Accent Language diversity Available jobs Mainly survival jobs Better access to global jobs and business opportunities Work experience No Canadian experience Global experience, adaptable workers Education Unrecognized Credentials International qualifications Residency Immigrants, PR, newcomers Global citizens Feature Status of Newcomers in the Old Economy Newcomers’ Potential in New Economy
    • “ New vocabularies, new management techniques, new technologies and new strategies are needed to prosper in the new economy”
      •  Facilitate Empowerment within Newcomers
      •  Advocate Empowering Environment for Newcomers
       How to Empower Newcomers? Thomas Stewart Conclusion
    • Facilitate Empowerment within Newcomers
      •  Empower newcomers to unlearn traditional worldview
      •  Empower newcomers to learn new worldview
      •  Empower newcomers to change their focus
      •  Empower newcomers to develop life-long learning practices
      •  Empower newcomers to think positively
    • Empower newcomers unlearn the traditional worldview
      • Newcomers need to unlearn old concepts and ideas such as:
      • We live in a divided world, money is the source for everything, the world is about scarcity and limited opportunities, competition is needed to build success and wealth
    • Empower newcomers learn new worldview
      • They need to open their minds and expand their horizons, we live in an abundant and borderless world with unlimited opportunities, knowledge is the source of every thing we do, consume and produce. Intellectual and human capital is the real wealth.
    • Empower newcomers to change their focus
      • The key driver for newcomers in Canada should be building personal and intellectual capital. They need to learn how to maintain building their intellectual capital while they are doing survival jobs.
    • Empower newcomers to develop life-long learning practices
      • Newcomers need to learn how to access and use the information needed for their personal and professional development through participation in discussion groups, professional knowledge networks, subscription to professional newsletters, online courses, specialized websites…etc.
    • Empower newcomers to think positively
      • Newcomers need to learn how to access and use online information on personal development (for example, there are radio stations on personal development and healthy lifestyles). They need to learn how to feel their universal powers. They can learn this from nature including trees, the movement of day and night and the rise of the sun. Positive thinking is a must for success in the Canadian knowledge economy/society. They need it to produce positive and empowering knowledge
    • Advocate Empowering Environment for Newcomers
      •  Help newcomers understand the importance of knowledge
      •  Improve newcomers access to information
      •  Create virtual organizations to provide online settlement services
      •  Promote newcomer assets to the Public
      •  Bring language training to a new level
      •  Help Canadian Employers recognize the assets of newcomers
      •  Develop the capacities of settlement workers
      •  Bring settlement and immigration policies to a new level
    • Help newcomers understand the importance of knowledge
      • Create awareness among newcomer communities to help them understand the importance of knowledge and information in the Canadian knowledge economy/society. In countries of traditional economic systems, internet is used mainly for e-mails, chatting and other forms of communication. Newcomers coming from these countries need to understand that there is an expanding virtual job market, public services are offered online, financial transactions are done online, e-learning opportunities.. .etc.
      • Anyone can produce/use knowledge, dynamics of knowledge and globalization.
    • Improve newcomers access to information
      • We need to facilitate newcomer access to internet at their homes so they can make use of the virtual opportunities and flexibility in their new lives in Canada. We need to advocate efforts and policies to bridge the digital gap between Canadian immigrant population and other population groups.
    • Create virtual organizations to provide online settlement services
      • This might include services such as personal and professional counseling coaching, networks for newcomers to share their knowledge and stories, online language training. The availability of virtual settlement services will strengthen their confidence and moral. They will feel connected and supported. Unlike traditional settlement (face-to-face), newcomers can access these services at any time.
      • Initiate public awareness campaigns to promote the contributions and assets of newcomers in our increasingly globalized economy and business environment. The integration of Newcomers should be seen as a priority for All CANADIANS
      Promote newcomer assets to the Public
    • Bring language training to a new level
      • Advocate the use of new sound technologies in language training to help newcomers reduce their accent. This will enhance the employability chances of newcomers. Foster their confidence and communicative power (ability to exchange knowledge)
    • Help Canadian Employers recognize the assets of newcomers
      • Work with Canadian employers to help them recognize the assets of newcomers. How it could be used to facilitate business expansion in the age of globalization. Business expansion facilitated by newcomers benefit Canadian communities and Canada at large. Explain to employers that the traditional requirement of Canadian experience is irrelevant in the new economy. New economy is about creativity and innovation. Standard skills and experiences are less important.
    • Develop the capacities of settlement workers
      • Build the capacities of settlement workers to facilitate the challenges facing newcomers in the age of globalization. They need to enhance their knowledge of global cultures and languages, coaching and counseling. Develop their skills in online facilitation and moderation.
    • Bring settlement and immigration policies to a new level
      • Work with provincial and federal government to bring settlement and immigration policies to help newcomers play their global role in the new age. The cost of not using the knowledge assets of newcomers is huge. Frustration among newcomers implies weaker communities and higher crime rates. We need to facilitate social trust a among various groups in our communities.
      • All in all, we need to work together to discover the buried treasures in the minds of newcomers for the benefit of newcomers, Canadian communities, Canadian economy and Humanity at large.
      Conclusion Exit