ABOUT FUTURE OF WORK

„Cluj Future of Work” studies and tests methods through which the city can prepare for the challenges that the future will bring to the labor market. In particular, we are focusing on cultural and social aspects: what are the jobs that can be developed in the cultural and creative sectors, what will happen in the sectors with high risk of automation, what will happen in the sectors that already have problems with integration in the labor market?

„Cluj Future of Work” aims to:

  • Facilitate the transition to industry 4.0, offering training and new skills development for people currently prepared for jobs facing extinction, as a result of automation;
  • Increase competitiveness and involvement in solving societal needs for the cultural industries of the city (film, design, music, crafts, media, etc.);
  • Understand and propose fundamental changes regarding the organization of work at the city level, by working with the social categories currently excluded from the labor market.

Key facts

The European Commission’s Urban Innovative Actions Program funds European cities to test new solutions to current strategic issues such as jobs and skills, urban mobility and urban poverty in the urban environment or energy transition.

Cluj-Napoca is the first city in Eastern Europe to receive this grant from the European Commission, through the Urban Innovative Actions programme, covering 80% of the project budget.

Time period:
June 2019 – October 2021

The project has a budget of 5.6 million euro, 80% of which are granted by the European Commission. From this total amount, 38% are allocated for research, development and testing new types of courses for the categories of people included in the project, 38% are investments in equipment specific to industry 4.0, 8% in a social inclusion program for categories excluded from the labor market, while 6% is allocated to marketing expenses and 10% to administrative expenses.

Programul Urban Innovative Actions al Comisiei Europene finanțează orașe europene pentru a testa soluții noi la probleme strategice contemporane precum mobilitatea și sărăcia în mediul urban sau tranziția în domeniul energiei.

Project components

Cluj Innovation Fellowships

Mechanism that encourages systemic change through innovation in collaboration processes between public and private sectors.

re:form

A facilitation and microfinancing programme for rethinking work practices in the cultural sector.

Culturepreneurs

Offers specialized modules of learning, developed and delivered by the industry partners themselves to 80 Culturepreneurs.

Work 4.0

How Cluj can actively take measures for the jobs most vulnerable to automation.

Informal work

Seeks to bring a better understanding of the rationales for informal work in underprivileged communities.

Re-imaging work. Mecanisme de inovare și transfer în 2020/2021

We have launched a series of calls that address a different side of FoW’s areas of action. Designed to target various groups, from cultural operators to social entrepreneurs, in Cluj-Napoca and throughout Romania, the calls are inspired and documented by the activities and research carried out within the Cluj Future of Work project.

See the process behind

Cluj Innovation Fellowships

Mechanism that encourages systemic change through innovation in collaboration processes between public and private sectors.

re:form

A facilitation and microfinancing programme for rethinking work practices in the cultural sector.

Culturepreneurs

Offers specialized modules of learning, developed and delivered by the industry partners themselves to 80 Culturepreneurs.

Work 4.0

How Cluj can actively take measures for the jobs most vulnerable to automation.

Informal work

Seeks to bring a better understanding of the rationales for informal work in underprivileged communities.

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What does an initiator need to catalyze public-value innovation?

As we progress with the Cluj Innovation Fellowships, we regularly take time to reflect on the process and to share our journey. Our perspective is that of a first-time supporter in a pilot program with ambitious intent and a resolute first cohort of fellows. These reflections are also a way of grasping the often invisible ways in which initial intentions interact with new actors in a changing context.