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Dear friends of innovation. Let me share this article with you. I wrote this piece for ‘Projects Magazine’. Your comments are welcome. Lisbon and the reality check in our regions The Lisbon agenda, i.e. the goal set at the Lisbon Spring Council in 2000 to transform the EU into the world’s most competitive economy by… » read more

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Survived another edition of the Open Days, the annual must-be-part-of-it carnival of the regional policy community in Brussels, where hordes of regional delegates descend on Brussels in search of data, information, knowledge and wisdom and for a bit of socialising with the likeminded. While EU funding is the driver, the ultimate gain is knowledge. „We… » read more

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Introducing a very inspiring EurActiv Stakeholder Workshop today on “What Programme for the Next Commission?” (thanks, guys!), EurActiv Publisher Christophe Leclercq pointed out that there has not much been debate yet on what will replace the Lisbon Agenda and whether that will be a much broader agenda than hitherto. Well, that’s bound to change with… » read more

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All the more recent growth theories are placing innovation at the heart of what drives creativity and growth in countries and regions. However, the available data shows that regional growth is very much a self-reinforcing phenomenon, leading to a huge amount of inertia, a fact that flies in the face of a lot of regional… » read more

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I got my crash-course in public procurement this week at a DG INFSO workshop on “Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP)”. Now while this sound like a boring bureaucratic nightmare, it’s actually really exciting stuff, at least if you are interested in boosting research and innovation and making Europe a more competitive knowledge-based economy. At the workshop I… » read more

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Innovation is a vital component of regional competitiveness and a key driver to help regions escape the current economic crisis. Innovative regions are also a key factor in attracting companies to locate in the EU. All the more reason for ERRIN, to explore new thinking on improving innovation processes and discuss how Open Innovation can… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/jqLPHrCQr2I” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Here is my light reading weekend post: I came across this absolutely cool new campaign by Intel. Designed by the Ad agency Venbables Bell & Partners, it is branding the company as “sponsors of the future” and making rockstars out of scientists (“Your rockstars aren’t like our rockstars”). Check… » read more

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Needless to say, it is the innovation pipeline — from blue-sky research to entrepreneurial development to the markets — that transforms basic ideas into new economic building blocks safeguarding our prosperity and all that comes with it including the future of the European project. Now, while in the United States a discussion has been launched… » read more

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