Economy of tomorrow

What We Do

With digital and urban transformation penetrating all walks of life, we foster debate on change strategies towards a sustainable economy of tomorrow in Asia.

In 2017, in continuation of the project Economy of Tomorrow, we focus on two specific sectors of transformation, Automation and The Social City.

We engage the concept of a social and inclusive city to support dialogue among political decision makers and civil society on affordable housing, public transport and civic engagement. These three priority areas for the work by FES in Asia are key to intergenerational justice, equal distribution of and opportunities for social mobility, access to social space and family friendliness in cities.

As social projects in their own right, the automation of manufacturing industries (Industry 4.0) and its consequences for the labour market (Labour 4.0) have enormous economic impact and are changing society as a whole. To this end, we bring together economists, social scientists, trade unions and policy-makers from Asia with their counterparts from Germany and elsewhere in Europe to exchange experiences on the impact of automation on labour markets, employment transition pathways and on best-practice industrial relations.

We support policy analysis and research that bridge the cleft between economics and politics, and that bring digital transformation into this relation, seeking ways to democratize new technologies, discuss adequate qualification, and overcome economic growth without a corresponding growth in jobs for people.


  • 10.05.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    Indonesian and German unions exchange tips for a "fair social contract" in the digital age

    Jakarta (Indonesia) – The digital economy has consequences for both organized and informal labour, requiring steps by employers, the government and...

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  • 30.04.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    Preparing the workforce for the future

    On the occasion of the International Workers’ Day, Christopher Ng of UNI Asia & Pacific with a call for an economy where the human and social...

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  • 03.04.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    Bucking the middle-income trap threat

    Dhaka (Bangladesh) – At a launch of a new study by FES and partners, experts discuss the Bangladesh transformative journey to avoid a middle-income...

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  • Marc Saxer | Economy of tomorrow | Publication

    Practical Guide to Transformative Change Making

    Transformative Change Making (TCM) introduces a new method to create the societal buy-in needed to tackle such transformation crises.

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  • Mustafizur Rahman and Estiaque Bari | Economy of tomorrow | Publication

    Political Economy of Change in Bangladesh

    Development experiences in a number of countries bear evidence that these countries are unable to come out of the middle-income status after having...

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  • Mihir S. Sharma | Economy of tomorrow | Publication

    India’s Coalitions for Change | Transforming the world’s most dynamic economy

    The transformation of the Indian economy and the modernisation of the Indian state is essential if one million new job seekers a month are to be...

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