Collective fear has taken hold of us in recent weeks and has paralysed us to a considerably degree. I share that fear. I fear for the health of my family, friends, colleagues and myself. I know that the economy and our labour market will be shaken to their foundations. I fear that it will take a long time before they are properly restored.


Collective fear has taken hold of us in recent weeks and has paralysed us to a considerably degree. I share that fear. I fear for the health of my family, friends, colleagues and myself.  I know that the economy and our labour market will be shaken to their foundations. I fear that it will take a long time before they are properly restored.

Whenever I feel insecure, attack is the best way for me to deal with the situation. Not to wallow in fear, but to take initiatives and prepare for the future. Action is the best cure. Accordingly, with Be the change, Agoria has launched a widespread rallying cry to get fear of digitization make way for action.  By making clear what the impact of digitization on our jobs entails in concrete terms, we can look at what many people feel less comfortable with straight in the eye.

The approach that we suggested with Be the change to all concerned  (from individuals to companies and on to political decision makers) still had room for gradual change. The coronavirus has thrown brutality into the debate mix and replaced this gradual change with the utmost urgency. We have been teleworking en masse in recent weeks, bridging distance with digital solutions, while experts have focused on “unlocking” us as safely as possible, in particular through tracing or better guiding apps.

It could have been less earth shattering for my tastes, but this situation underscores the conclusions of Be The Change about the crucial importance of digitization for our society. And although the support of the broad population has been forced by the situation in large measure, the conviction that we are going to work, learn and live in a new, more digital way has never been so great.

We will have to offer comfort to companies and their employees in the coming weeks and months:  Comfort, in the form of knowledge – knowledge which is needed to be able to work meaningfully, efficiently and safely in ‘new ways of working’. Agoria wants to take the lead on this and support companies and their people with digital tools.

Within a few weeks, Agoria will launch the DigiSkills Passport. People will be able to indicate their level for 27 crucial skills in a digitizing world and check whether their skills should be honed for a profile of their choice. The DigiSkills Passport is free for everyone.

Our member company Radix has developed a search engine called “Leer in uw kot” with knowledge support from Agoria. This tool can be used to search for digital training courses worldwide to address the 27 skills of the DigiSkills Passport – a simple but powerful tool to capitalize on this momentum to tackle continuing education in a concrete manner. Check leerinuwkot.be.

In the run-up to the launch of the DigiSkills Passport, I will explain 3 skills from the DigiSkills Passport daily. You can use the search engine to find the digital learning content that matches the skills immediately.

Be The Change was the Agoria wake-up call for a better balance on our labour market with more attention to digitization. The coronavirus reinforces this need.  In order to rebound robustly, we need to bolster our digital knowledge, our digital comfort. And although the situation of each sector, each company and each individual is different at this point in time – and more precarious for some than for others, I am convinced that the time is right for all of us to attack.

Agoria explains 27 skills, crucial in a digitizing world. A search engine enables you to find digital learning content for these skills with one click. The DigiSkills Passport  maps out your skills and shows your development path for the profile of your choice.