The main topic of ISFiT 2013 is Labour, which will function as the festival's connecting thread.
The theme for 2015 is ISFiT labour, and some of the topics of the festival are about working conditions, unemployment, how work can contribute to development and what we think work should mean in our lives. Unemployment is a topic that will be central. The absence of growth is a factor which has created unemployment, and we need economic growth to create enough jobs. There are many dilemmas related to this, including the sustainable aspect. Can we rely on a system that requires constant growth when we live on a planet with limited resources? Unemployment has particularly affected the young people in the world in a negative manner, and if the current high unemployment rates persists, many of today's students will go straight from school into unemployment. How can we create education that focuses more on relevant skills so that young graduates are attractive to employers? This is interesting both from a student perspective, but also in general since labour is something that concerns us all. As students, we often think about what we want with our lives. Does our studies provide us with the tools we actually need?
As consumers today, we use often the products manufactured entirely elsewhere. The goods are often produced under poor working conditions and low wages, little security, and child labor can be a part of the reality for those who work in production. How can we improve peoples employment and give them fair terms? Who is responsible when factories with workers who produce for the world market collapses and people die?
ISFiT 2015 will also focus on modern slavery. Today there are over 20 million slaves in the world, working under duress and without pay. Slavery is not legal in the world today, but it happens everywhere. The slaves are often a small part of large industries, and therefore difficult to spot.
Labour, and the creation of jobs is a strong means of generating economic growth and giving people control and meaning in their own lives. Many places in the world today there is recession that creates unemployment, but many other places, where there is economic growth, workers get nothing out of the growth. How can we create jobs that will benefit the workers?