Upskilling in The Face of COVID-19

Danica Zeier
Danica Zeier is a professionally trained violinist and partner of artsnext, a Zurich based innovation agency.

Take a deep dive into Upskilling in The Face of COVID-19 with this hand-curated series of 7 time-tested articles and videos from around the web. We’ll guide you through, one link per day, in the app or in your inbox.

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A 7 Day Challenge to better understand your professional aspirations in a fast changing world that keeps a handful of challenges, but that also untapped opportunities to try out things that you’ve never dared before.


No daily news without a list of companies firing people due to COVID-19. And in times of crisis, businesses are suffering and moving faster. According to WEF, we’re in the midst of an Up- and Reskilling Revolution. 


But what does reskilling really mean for every single professional? Often, they have no concrete idea how they could be affected and how to create a vision and action plan of what their personal reskilling could look like. 


Danica Zeier is a professionally trained violinist and partner of artsnext, a Zurich based innovation agency. She’s an experienced expert in the fields of arts, design, business and education. In all her work the mission is the same: enable change by unlocking people’s potential using their soft skills to thrive in a challenging VUCA world. Danica is a lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts, University of Zurich and University of Basel, and co-founder of VUC^it, a fitness App for Upskilling at work.

  • Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? and 6 other articles and videos
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Deep Dives are carefully hand-curated series of time-tested articles and videos from around the web.

We’ll guide you through, one link per day, in the app or in your inbox.

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Contextualizing COVID-19 in the VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) and its driver helps us to better understand the vulnerability of businesses and people.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is not about robots; it’s about strengthening core human soft skills that will make as future-proof at work and as a society.

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In order to understand why we all have been educated out of creativity at school, listen to Ken Robinson in the most successful TED Talk where he explains why schools kill creativity.

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In a more individualized society, it’s difficult to live up to our core competency “empathy”. Listen, watch and feel what Joan Halifax means when she asks us to be more compassionate.

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In our unprecedented times working together remotely at work keeps challenging. It’s not enough to master digital tools - scientists and Adam Grant know it’s about how we respond to each other and how we can close emotional distances.

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To empower change, executives can change people’s behavior with techniques such as “nudging” and different debiasing methods and have a positive effect on business - without restricting what people are able to do.

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Congratulations on completing this challenge! 


Put your own oxygen mask on first! We know why this is important in airplanes. In times of pandemic crisis and the ongoing digitization, upskilling empowers us to deal better with uncertainty. Our oxygen masks are our future skills and our ability to be truly human again. The good news is that everyone can learn it. The bad news is that it takes willpower. And often, a little nudge on a daily basis helps us to get out of our comfort zone.


If you want to become clear and strong for the New Normal, get an invitation for our fitness app for upskilling at work here

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