Lunch Debate: Children, (Digital) Skills & Creativity; May 31. (12:30-14:00)

  • What do you expect from the OECD Forum and the panel debate (Lunch Debate: Children, (Digital) Skills & Creativity) in which you will participate?
Talented young people can be supported through a multitude of options in various areas of policy making, industry, and society. This makes the OECD Forum a key platform to learn about the increasing world-wide understanding and grass-root movement that aim to support talented people. Our key message is that talent support became an inclusive concept, meaning that each citizen may possess a hidden type of talent. To discover and develop this talent at any age increases competitiveness, innovation, as well as both social mobility and cohesion. Childhood is a particularly prone age to develop talents, skills and creativity, where the e-world plays a crucial role. This makes the topics very appropriate at the Lunch Debate.
  • The European Talent Support Network has been steadily increasing its network and influence since its establishment. How do you see the future? What factors are beyond the success of the network?
The European Talent Support Network is a rapidly growing grass-root movement which gained more than 250 cooperating institutions from 25 European countries within a year. In the last 2 months additional organizations joined from Brazil, India, Mexico, Peru and Saudi Arabia, which may lead to the development of a global cooperation in supporting talented people. We need talent and its ingredient, creativity to find the completely novel responses to the unprecedentedly novel challenges of the 21st century. Our key problems are global, so our solutions must also be of global scale. A world-wide talent support network would serve well the mobilization of the hidden human resources of our Earth.
  • The Hungarian National Talent Support Council was set up ten years ago. What are the most important lessons learned, and how the international community can benefit from such significant experience?
The Hungarian National Talent Support Council is an umbrella organization of NGOs serving talented young people in Hungary and in the neighbouring countries. Within a few years it became a nationwide movement now forming more than 1500 Talent Points, hundred local Talent Support Councils and involving the cooperation of more than 200,000 people. All these are supported by EU and government funding and programs. A strong alliance between state-run programs and NGO-s is a key ingredient of success, since long-term state programs (such as the 20 year-long National Talent Program of the Hungarian Parliament and government) provide stability, while the NGO-part provides innovation and flexibility. The Hungarian institutions are happy to share all their expertise of which they have gained in the most recent Hungarian Templeton Program providing personalized intensive development for 315 exceptional cognitive talents, the first Hungarian Junior Templeton Fellows.

Short bio

Peter Csermely is a professor of the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. His major field of study is the adaptation of complex networks. In 1995 Dr. Csermely launched a highly successful initiative, providing research opportunities for more than 10,000 gifted high school students. In 2006 he established the Hungarian National Talent Support Council running a talent support network involving more than 200,000 people. In 2012 he became the chair of the European Council of High Ability, which started a European Talent Support Network in 2015 and now has more than 250 nodes in 25 European countries. He has written 13 books and 270 papers. Dr. Csermely was member of the Wise Persons’ Council of the president of Hungary. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea and an Ashoka Fellow. He was a Fogarty, Howard Hughes and Rockefeller scholar, as well as a Templeton awardee. He has received several other national and international honours and awards including the 2004 Descartes Award of the European Union.