TEAC Conference Report Dec. 2015 - Page 5

Welcome session Day 1: September 24th TEAC15 was opened by a surprise dance 2. Secondly, while small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are providing most of the jobs in EU, performance. Led by their choreographer there is a big digital skills gap between large Milica Nesic, young and talented dancers from and small companies. Telecentres can put their Belgrade’s „Dance Factory“ introduced the topic heads together to see how they can support of the conference through a dance performance, SMEs. reflecting on how we have changed with technology and how important it is that all can benefit from it. 3. In third place, we want to see more people creating, rather than only consuming, digital Speakers: Dr. Mara Jakobsone (TE’s Board Chair) content. TE is already working on initiatives and Gabriel Rissola (TE’s Managing Director) that go in this direction such as multimedia academies and coding projects for telecentres. Telecentre Europe Board Chair Dr. Mara Jakobsone welcomed It is also widely recognised that most of the learning all the participants in of digital skills is happening outside formal education the name of Telecentre and this trend is going to continue. This means that Europe. Looking back to telecentres are already playing a role and have an the first TE conference advantage. As Mara Jakobsone puts it: in Riga in 2008, she highlighted the fact that we have advanced “Telecentres are good at quickly from the 2008 experimenting with new ideas and event’s motto of “Every projects. Our organisations are living European Digital”. That labs that constantly put forward new aspect of providing training modules, pilots and projects.“ digital inclusion to all citizens is still very much our aim, but we are increasingly going beyond this aim and into the realm of digital empowerment. In addition, now we know that not only citizens, but Telecentre Europe’s Managing Director Gabriel also organisations, need to improve their digital Rissola continued to reflect in his speech on European skills base to benefit from digital technology. Commission’s Digital Market Strategy. After explaining to the audience the reasoning behind EC’s Telecentres can help make this happen. vision and strategy, he said that, notwithstanding its The European Commission launched in March 2015 evident strengths, it can at times be reductionist. their Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. The DSM The DSM strategy talks about citizens principally puts a lot of emphasis on the economic factors but as consumers, either in the market sense, or of also places them in relation to people of all age e - g o v e r n m e n t What groups who need to acquire digital skills to make services. 1 the strategy work . If we read carefully the DSM Telecentre Europe we see that telecentres, NGOs, libraries and non- would like to put formal training providers are already contributing forward however, to the strategy. Much more can be done however, is that citizens seen as if we focus our efforts on the three following points: are “prosumers”: not 1. Our members are already active in the area of only consumers training smart and protected online customers but also creators of and raising awareness amongst children and services, products young people. But telecentres can partner with and ideas. private organisations to continue working on this important issue. 1 More information can be viewed in the Infographic of the European Commission titled “Digital skills for a Digital Europe” at this link. 5