Work and resilience in Europe

The current upheavals, wars and crises are also changing the world of work. How? Will jobs be eliminated and will new ones be created? Are working conditions changing? A learning platform contains courses on these and other questions.


Apparently many people feel the same way: The crises are stressful. Added to this is the uncertainty about one’s own future: work, pension, peace. Isn’t it cynical to talk about resilience? Depending on what you mean by that. For example: Resilience is an art of living in two ways. On the one hand, people make the best of a situation, train their inner autonomy and further develop their potential for creatively solving problems. On the other hand, they work towards conditions that make the art of living possible.

Learning platform

This double perspective also characterizes the courses on the “Resilient Work” learning platform. It is part of the project Time to Fresh Up. Cultivating Economic Literacy for Resilient Work in Europe” which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The courses are intended for interested citizens and adult educators. Europe-wide. That’s why they are available in five languages, German, English, Polish, Spanish and Czech, and can be accessed free of charge. No registration is required.

Facets of work

The range of topics is diverse. The question is about the changes in the labor market after the Covid-19 crisis, what characterises the “modern labor market” of the present and what qualifications are required in times of change. What are career transitions and what should you know about it? What about those who are working in the “gig economy” and – often as people with migration experience – are confronted with the adversities of precarious working conditions? In contrast, what does well-being mean – in the future and beyond the growth dilemma of market economies? What is the idea of a job guarantee – in contrast to an unconditional basic income? What, in turn, can be considered systemically important work, whether paid or unpaid? Can a foundational economy help to overcome ecological problems? How can one imagine a democratic, just transition to a climate-friendly economy? Finally: Can artificial intelligence contribute to greater sustainability? What is the ecological footprint of AI? Are there limits to digitalisation?

Short “Food for Thought” articles

Resilience is taken up by the topics themselves and with a view a) to the actions of individuals, b) the structural elements of the whole economy and c) the political strategies to govern the economy. The term “resilience” was also discussed explicitly, in particular with the text “Resilience as the key to coping with turbulent changes?” It is part of a series of short articles that were created to complement the courses on the learning platform. They are published on the project website.

How are the courses structured?

  • Teaser text and introductory video to get you in the mood for the course content,

  • Informative part with three chapters, which in turn are divided into three lessons,

  • First lesson, first part: video on the topics of the whole course,

  • Tasks and interactive exercises,

  • Training materials for working with non-formal methods in groups. They can be used in both adult and youth education.

Economic literacy

The “Resilient Work” learning platform is the complement to the “Fresh Up Economics” portal, which also offers courses on economic literacy. The topics range from “Modern money – the state can do it” to economic schools of thought, inequality, growth, taxes, debt and the global south and others. These courses are also freely accessible. No registration is required.

Who are the authors?

The courses were developed by adult educators from two universities (Austria, Poland), two companies (Czech Republic, Spain) and non-governmental organisations (Germany, Ireland). You can find out more about the participants, their organisations and the cooperation on the project website.

We, the colleagues in the project group, look forward to your questions, comments and feedback in the forum or via the chat .

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