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I stumbled upon this site which is the project site of a group who are attempting to realise The Social Computer. What a lovely coincidence.. I got on the phone to them straight away, naturally  http://thesocialcomputer.eu “The social computer is a future computational system that harnesses the innate problem solving, action and information gathering powers… » read more

At her speech to the Lisbon Council’s 2010 Innovation Summit last week, the EU’s highly charismatic and enthusiastic Chief Innovation Officer, Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn laid out her vision of transforming Europe into an “I-conomy”, connecting and speeding up innovation all along the whole policy chain from research to retail, building a functional single market for… » read more

One surefire way to improve the EU’s innovation performance, entrepreneurship and competitiveness is to upgrade University-business links. To strengthen the role of universities in promoting economic competitiveness, regional regeneration and creating innovation hubs for business and the community is one of the priorities under the Lisbon Agenda. Universities should also be instrumental in developing a… » read more

2009 Clear yet?

A civil sandbox is a society upgrades platform. It’s a platform to empower the people trying to upgrade society and provide them with previously unavailable toolsets with which to create with. This “solutions-platform” is in development for long time but now the global situation is starting require such new, dynamic and powerful solutions. I think… » read more

As a follow up to the ERRIN conference on “European Cluster Policy – What’s in it for the regions” that took place on 11 December 2008 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels ( see my previous blog entry ) I did an interview in early January 2009 with Antoni Subira, who acted as… » read more

The European Year of Creativity and Innovation has been launched this Friday (5 December) at a conference in Brussels. The day before, Euractiv published an interview with Education and Culture Commissioner Figel on the year’s significance, particularly in light of the current financial and economic crisis. Quote: As the EU charts its way […] Original… » read more

A new study on “University Systems Ranking: Citizens and Society in the Age of Knowledge” published today by the Lisbon Council finds that European university systems, in particular in “Romano-Germanic countries”, are inadequate to deliver the education needed by modern, knowledge-based economies. It recommend that countries should do more to make their education systems […]… » read more

Today Charles Leadbeater, author of “We-Think – Mass innovation, not mass production”, kicked off the Lisbon Council’s Innovation Day 2008, a high-level debating and networking event that took place in Brussels. Leadbetter’s bestselling book is a guide to the brave new world of internet-based innovation. Check out this link for a cute little video-summary of… » read more

Last week we met with Roland Strauss, the initiator and coordinator of Knowledge4Innovation, a great initiative that ERRIN supports. Knowledge4Innovation aims at engaging policy makers, the business and science communities and related networks in a dialogue on the future of innovation in Europe to promote the adoption of adequate policies, programmes and budget allocations. To… » read more

Finnish cluster programmes have been highlighted as good practice by the OECD and the training activities described below, seem to lead the way in Europe. Leena Zittling, President of the European ProClusters Association, whom I met during the Europe Innova conference in Lyon – she was a speaker at the cluster workshop -, sent […]… » read more

Hi there. I would like to share with you some interesting articles on innovation and regional development published this week in the Herald Tribune. Broader financial turmoil threatens biotech’s innovation and cash A biotech crash, if it comes, could threaten an industry that plays a vital role in turning scientific advances into usable medicines… Bulgaria… » read more

Just came back from the INTERREG IVC Forum in Lille. The immense and increasing popularity of this funding mechanism for interregional cooperation was graphically demonstrated by the first call of this programme, resulting in piles of project applications. More than 400 applications mobilising nearly 5000 actors across Europe were received and the programme Secretariat in… » read more

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