Knowledge is power

STOCKHOLM — 26 and 27 May 2016


Education, jobs and equality in the 21st century

Day 1

Thursday 26 May 2016


Registration and refreshments



The Pink Quartet


Conference Opens

Moderator: Matthew Laza
Director of Policy Network


Welcome remarks

Magdalena Andersson
Swedish minister of finance, Social Democratic party

Patrick Diamond
Co-chair, Policy Network



The world progressives face

The challenge of growth and living standards

Max Roser
Project director, Our World In Data, University of Oxford

The electoral and populist challenge

Deborah Mattinson
Founding director, BritainThinks/WorldThinks and former pollster to UK Labour party

Global economic challenges

Jörg Asmussen
Former state secretary, German federal Ministry of Finance, and executive board member, European Central Bank

Chair: Peter Mandelson
President, Policy Network


Keynote speech

A progressive response

Focus: Policies and messages suited to an era of economic and cultural insecurity, and populist temptation ­– in response to the challenges outlined in the presentations. What role can education play in meeting these challenges?

Stefan Löfven
Leader, Social Democratic party and prime minister, Sweden

Chair: Peter Mandelson, president, Policy Network


Leaders’ Panel

Marie Chris Cabreros
President, Akbayan Citizens’ Action party, Philippines

Jonas Gahr Støre
Leader Labour party, Norway

Hage Geingob
Leader, Swapo party and president Namibia

Stefan Löfven
Leader, Social Democratic party and prime minister, Sweden

Edi Rama
Leader Socialist party and prime minister, Albania


Informal buffet dinner


Inequality and empowerment:
the education imperative

Focus: The centrality of education and social investment in the fight against inequality – the case for better spending

Keynote expert presentation:

Andreas Schleicher
Director for education and skills, OECD

Aida Hadzialic
Minister for upper secondary school and
adult education and training, Sweden

David Hetherington
Founding executive director, Per Capita, Australia

Jane Jenson
Professor of Political Science, University of Montreal

Rajay Naik
Chief Executive, Keypath Education
Former head of government and external affairs, Open University

Chair: Patrick Diamond, co-chair, Policy Network

21.15 – 23.00


Socialising, drinks and the search
for the ‘killer idea’ for progressives

Five-minute pitches and lively discussion, followed by a vote to pick the winner

Host: Ayesha Hazarika
Broadcaster and former advisor to leader and
deputy leader UK Labour party

Day 2

Friday 27 May 2016


Welcome, coffee



The Pink Quartet


Presentation of the breakout sessions

Moderator: Matthew Laza
Director of Policy Network



Education and social mobility
in a world of barriers

Presentations followed by small-group discussions

Session 1: The new politics of class
Speaker: Alison McGovern
UK Labour member of parliament

Chair: Anna Ascani
Democratic member of the Italian parliament

Session 2: Levelling the field:
the potential of early-years education

Speakers: Caroline Gennez
Member of the Flemish parliament and former leader
Flemish Social Democratic party, Belgium

Jane Jenson
Senior fellow, Canadian Institute
for Advanced Research

Chair: Peter Kyle
UK Labour member of parliament

Session 3: Reducing inequality in school performance
Speakers: Andrew Adonis
UK Labour member, House of Lords
Former head of the No 10 Policy Unit
Minister of state for education

Leena Krokfors
Professor of teacher education and vice dean
University of Helsinki, Finland

Chair: Ania Skrzypek
Senior fellow, Foundation of European Progressive Studies (Feps)

Session 4: Extending access to higher education
Speaker: Rajay Naik
Chief executive officer, Keypath Education
Former director of government and external affairs
Open University, UK

Chair: Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Minister for higher education and research, Sweden

Session 5: The challenge of integration
Speakers: Joakim Palme
Professor of government
Uppsala University, Sweden

Khamshajiny Gunaratnam
Labour party deputy mayor of Oslo, Norway

Chair: Ska Keller
German Green member of the European parliament


Coffee break



Education in a globally competitive economy

Presentations followed by small-group discussions

Session 6: Vocational training and
education-to-work transition: what works?

Speaker: Margherita Bussi
Researcher, European Trade Union Institute

Chair: Michael Miebach
Deputy chair and co-founder
Progressive Zentrum, Germany

Session 7: Skills for the connected age
Speakers: Jenni Karjalainen
Senior adviser
Union of Professional Engineers, Finland

Will Marshall
President and founder
Progressive Policy Institute, US

Chair: Mikael Damberg
Minister for enterprise and innovation, Sweden

Session 8: Automation and
the erosion of middle-class jobs

Speakers: Torsten Bell
Director, Resolution Foundation, UK

Chair: Lucy Powell
UK Labour member of parliament
Shadow education secretary

Session 9: The new normal? Tackling insecurity created by globalisation amongst manual workers
Speakers: Manuel de la Rocha Vázquez
Secretary of the economy
Spanish Socialist Workers’ party

Chair: Daphne Büllesbach
Programme director, European Alternatives

Session 10: Educating for satisfied lives – is wellbeing possible?
Speaker: François Taddei
Director, Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity, France

Sonia Sodha
Chief leader writer
Observer newspaper, UK

Chair: Sandro Gozi
Secretary of state for European affairs, Italy


Informal buffet lunch



Where now for Europe?

Panel discussion:

Mustapha Ben Jafar
Leader Ettakatol, Tunisia

Joan Burton
Leader, Irish Labour party and former deputy prime minister

Sandro Gozi
Secretary of state for European affairs, Italy

Emma Reynolds
Labour member of parliament
Former shadow Europe minister, UK

Chair: Roger Liddle, co-chair, Policy Network



Financing education, reforming the state

Focus: How to finance ambitious education and lifelong learning strategies

Key presentation:

Will Marshall
President and founder, Progressive Policy Institute, US

Political response:
Magdalena Andersson
Swedish minister of finance

Lucy Powell
UK Labour member of parliament and shadow education secretary

Antti Rinne

Leader, Finnish Social Democratic party

Chair: Roger Liddle, co-chair, Policy Network