PEOPLE project presented to Slovenian policy-makers and business representatives

  • Dan Podjed, anthropologist, PEOPLE project, Partnership for Change, policy-makers

One of the important goals of the PEOPLE project is addressing different policy-makers at local, national, regional and international levels. Among our key messages is also the practical applicability of social sciences and their role in enhancing mutual understanding between the worlds of higher education and business. People-centred approaches and PEOPLE project experiences were recently presented at a meeting of the Partnership for Change, organised by the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia and AmCham Slovenia.

On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, PEOPLE team member Dr Dan Podjed (ZRC SAZU) was an invited guest speaker at the closing event of the Partnership for Change. The event was attended by approximately 200 representatives of the Slovenian public administration and the private sector, including the Prime Minister of the Slovenian government, Dr Miro Cerar, and the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Dr Maja Makovec Brenčič.

Partnerhip for Change, Partnerstvo za spremembe, policy-makers, Miro Cerar
Closing event of Partnership for Change, 12 June 2018, City Teater, Ljubljana (Photo: Partnerstvo za spremembe/AmCham Slovenia/Ministry of Public Administration, Republic of Slovenia)

Partnership for Change is a program of innovative cooperation between Slovenian public administration and private sector, aimed at exchanging good ideas, practices, and useful solutions, as well as employee exchange. Business associations, municipalities, non-governmental organisations, public and private institutions, educational and research institutions participated in the program, aiming to become a national platform for cooperation.

Dr Podjed presented the PEOPLE approach and key findings, explaining that people must be at the forefront of innovative solutions, products and services. He presented how anthropologists can, with the use of qualitative methods, contribute to the innovation processes in companies and public sector institutions. With human-centred approaches we can develop solutions that respond more effectively to the needs and expectations of people. He explained how we collaborate in interdisciplinary development teams and integrate the approaches of engineers, business and industry representatives and anthropologists.