CALL Webinars: Wellbeing of Digitalized Societies and Work Place

9 November, 2020

The Church Action on Labour and Life (CALL) Network will hold a series of webinars titled “CALL Talks” to reflect on theme “Wellbeing of Digitalized Societies and Work Place”.

Webinar 1: Technical & Theo-Ethical Aspects

On 24 November 2020, Prof. Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson from the Stockholm School of Theology and the University College, will open the “CALL Talks” with reflections on the technical evolution represented by digitalization and its ethical and theological implications intended to reach the goal of wellbeing for all members of societies and people in the work place. The presentation will be followed by Q & A and the session will be moderated by Albrecht Knoch from the CALL Network.

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Webinar 2: The Digital Shift of Work and Life

On 1 December 2020, the second “CALL Talk” will address the theme “The Digital Shift of Work and Life”. Stefano Frache, one of the founders of a company of developing software and electronics equipment and a PhD in Electronics and Telecommunications in Torino and Lausanne, will explain how digitalization changes the way of research, development and production, but also life in a society. The Q&A session will be moderated by Grace Gatibaru from Paris, member of the CALL coordination team.

In year 2021 the “CALL Talks” will continue to take place online to prepare for CALL’s upcoming international conference in Strasbourg in 2022 (dates will be announced soon).

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Webinar 3: Remote-Working

“CALL Talks 3” will discuss the topic “Remote-Working” reflecting on the theme “Wellbeing of Digitalized Societies and Work Place”. The webinar will be held on 28 April 2021, from 17:30 –19:15 (CEST) featuring as keynote speaker Welf Schröter, German academic and head of the Soziale Technikgestaltung network. The talk will be followed by Question and Answer session.  

The webinar will explore how the corona crisis has made remote work compulsory for many white-collar employees. But how can isolation be prevented, and social relations kept up? This is not only important for workers, but also for employers, who rely on team spirit and on the continuity of the creative process. In this context, Welf Schröter will present long-term experiences and will discuss social and legal requirements for the protection of worker’s health and safety.

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Webinar 4: Behind the Screen: Hidden Aspects of IT

“CALL Talks 4” in its upcoming webinar on 19 May 2021, 17.30 – 19.15 (CEST) will focus on “Behind the Screen: Hidden Aspects of IT” exploring the merging of the digital, societal and ecological transitions in the workplace, and the need for the sustainable IT charter.

The keynote speaker will be Emmanuel Laroche from the Institut d’un Numérique Responsible. Emmanuel Laroche is member of the think tank Institut pour un numérique responsible (INR) in France, which introduced a charter on sustainable development of IT. From 2014 he was responsible for energy efficiency projects and renewable energies for the industrial sites of Airbus in Toulouse, as an Energy Manager. In January 2019 he joined the Information Management team to take over the "Sustainable IT" topics (former Green IT) at European level and he is also the communication Director of the Institute of Sustainable IT.

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