RAND Europe Contributes to Digital Society Thought Leadership Programme

The Round Tower in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England


The use of the digital is become pervasive and it is becoming ubiquitous in every aspect of our life: from our schooling and education, to how we engage with politics, and even how we manage our finances – it is everywhere. Not only has its influence accelerated over the last 20 years, but all things digital continue to grow exponentially. Developments in digital technology, and the speed at which they come, drive innovation and new applications that touch our lives in different and often profound ways. While there are numerous opportunities associated with being digital, we also need to understand and mitigate the challenges it presents to society.

Following the success of the 2016 programme, RAND Europe is working in partnership with the Corsham Institute to design and deliver the 2017 Thought Leadership Programme, at St George’s House, Windsor, to explore the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies are creating within society which will be comprised of four consultations discussing topic issues in: education and skills, citizen science, currency and civic engagement.

Consultation 1: Education & Skills

preschool students using tablet with teacher


The digital world is disrupting many traditional models of operational and transaction within society. This is apparent in learning and skills attainment, where technology is increasingly being used to deliver education, knowledge and skills in new and innovative ways. Coupled with future changes to the mode and pattern of work and the economic shock posed by the current political climate, we need to consider how digital technology can best support individuals to develop the skills needed to attain maximum benefit from its use in work and social situations, as well as help to create stronger societal norms when using digital technology and ensure appropriate behaviour online.

This consultation took place on 6–7 March. RAND Europe experts participating in the event included Axelle Devaux, Julie Belanger, Sarah Grand-Clement and Catriona Manville.