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Berlin, December 5 – 7, 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop M1

The Changing World of Work: Identities and their Transformation

Date Wednesday, Dec 6  Time   –      Price: free of charge   Status: places available

OEB speaker Andreas P. Schmidt

Andreas P. Schmidt

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Learning & Innovation in Networks, Germany

OEB speaker Graham Attwell

Graham Attwell

Pontydysgu, UK

OEB speaker Christine Kunzmann

Christine Kunzmann

Pontydysgu, UK

OEB speaker Carmen Wolf-Gauß

Carmen Wolf-Gauß

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

OEB speaker Pablo Franzolini

Pablo Franzolini


OEB speaker Karin Thier

Karin Thier

NARRATA Consult, Germany

OEB speaker John Marsh

John Marsh

EmployID project, UK


The world of work is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Technological developments, new management approaches, and the ever-increasing complexity of value creation processes, both challenge individuals and often drive them toward new job roles, resulting in uncertainty and a rethinking of the role of work for personal well-being.

A neglected but crucial aspect to this is professional identity, which is a key factor in developing resilience in a world characterized by uncertainty. It enables a shape change (instead of reacting to change) and determines motivation and openness toward new developments. Supporting the transformation of professional identity is a new frontier in human resource development. It requires a combination of collaborative and individual reflection, coaching and peer support, and it brings the role of narratives and their evolution to the forefront.

In this workshop, we want to engage with participants in a conversation about the role of professional identity as a focus area for learning & development, and how social learning technologies can facilitate it. This includes examples of using social online courses to stimulate reflection, courses and methods to develop coaching & peer facilitation skills, introducing solutions for visualizing and interpreting open data (in the context of labour market information), and the use of narratives to capture experiential knowledge.



9:30 Welcome and introduction of the participants
9:50 Introduction to Identity Transformation (with examples from participants)
10:20 World Café Session on practical aspects of identity transformation and the changing world of work
11:20 Coffee break
11:50 Introduction to support identity transformation our interventions
12:10 Parallel Sessions on identity transformation skills, peer coaching, labour market information, narrative techniques
13:10 How to move forward


Target audience

Learning and development staff, HR managers, trainers, coaches.


Prerequisite knowledge

Some experiences with staff development or using social learning technologies in a business context.



  • Get insights into the role of professional identity and its transformation for learning and development
  • Learn from innovative examples, both process, outcome, and good practices
  • Reflect on appropriate approaches in their own environment.