TCK SUMMIT: Future of Work with Erin Sinogba

Erin Sinogba is a development worker, communications specialist, and passionate advocate of transnational communities. 

She has been an active volunteer with TCKid since 2009, where she took the position of Executive Assistant in 2010 and Local Chapter Leader of TCKid Philippines in 2012. She is also a Board member at TIGRA (Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action) Philippines, where she started a program serving transnational children and youth in the Philippines and young Filipinos in the diaspora. Erin is a self-identified Filipino TCK who has lived in South Korea, the Philippines, Grenada, and the U.S.A.

Kicking off the fifth month of our year long summit, we asked Erin to share more about her experiences and her thoughts on the future of work.

Watch the full (15 minute) video here.


I want to talk about how TCKs are offering value to organizations to create an impact in today’s world. I really feel that this topic resonates with me as I’ve often found that in my work supporting TCKs, the conversation is often about how TCKS can excel as individuals… but I feel we can take the conversation forward to be about social change and how TCKs can change the world. We can use our experiences and global mindset as TCKs to create this change.

I grew up in a transnational family as well as being a TCK – my family has been spread-out everywhere, so I feel that this experience kind of shapes my future and what I am thinking about in regards to the future of TCKs. Now, a lot of Pilipino kids whose parents have also worked abroad are starting to think about how they can contribute to society too.

So what do I think the future of work will look like? I think it will be a lot more democratic, a lot more equal and a lot more accessible for more people. I think it will be more socially driven, more accessible to those who have traditionally not had the access that people have now. I think there will be less capital concentrated at the hands of the few – people will have more resources and access to start-up their own businesses that will benefit their own communities. We are starting to see a lot more cooperatives, social businesses and people thinking about the future and sustainability rather than exploiting others and our global resources. I think the future of work is about empowering people, especially those who have not been empowered in the past such as women, indigenous people and those in developing countries.

So, what am I doing to make this happen? I have been working in the non-profit sector for the past 9 years and everything I’ve been doing has been with the idea of helping the community. I’ve been involved with social justice organisations, working in international human rights, land rights, climate justice and transnational campaigning.

In what way can cultivating a TCK mindset enable more people in organisations embrace the idea of the values revolution and make the future of work happen? I read this story about a priest who committed his life to social justice – after he passed away, his friend said that he really felt his work was due to the fact that the bible represented radical inclusiveness. As TCKs, we have had a gift of experiencing radical inclusiveness first hand through our experiences of diversity.

I feel that TCKs can go out and teach other people about what it means to be radically inclusive. We can teach what it means to embrace diversity; that we are all different and that there is always space for different ways of doing things, but that takes a lot of work. As TCKs, we should be teaching other people about what we have learned growing up; doing that will enable us to see more harmony and peace in our way of living, innovation in terms of finding solutions for the worlds problems and a way of addressing social inequality.

However, at the same time, TCKS can learn about the value of local thinking- in many ways, traditional ways of doing things have value. There is a reason that people have developed the routines that they hold onto; we should open up our minds to that way of thinking and realize that the multicultural mindset is not the only approach.

So how can TCKs communicate or offer these experiences they have, to find opportunities that are more aligned with their values? There are many things TCKs can do… one of these is networking- online and offline and its so easy now with online communities; you can easily find people that match your interest. You should also look for people in your own communities. Reach out and build a community around your shared values. Second, take your own leadership to build a community. There is also the value of communication; be vocal and hopefully somebody will hear and reach out to you. Write a blog, start videos, be open about sharing who you are. You could also look at finding a way to align your TCK experiences with issues in your community. Finally, start your own thing! Start your own project and initiative and make it happen – make it something close to your heart and close to the heart of your community.

You can reach-out to Erin via email at erinsinogba@tckid.com or through twitter at @erinsinogba

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