Lisbon Council e-brief: European Innovation at a Crossroads

Lisbon Council e-brief: European Innovation at a Crossroads

Without innovation companies die and without innovation
societies ultimately die too. We think there’s an opportunity to increased performance of many institutions.
We think that this policy brief provides some of the essential lessons that people
need to get started. We are in a period now that all the institutions
in society need to be innovative. The key source of innovation today
is new forms collaboration, where institutions can reach out and tap in to new sources of skills and
and capabilities by collaborating with people in their broader ecosystem. Universities collaborating with students and
faculty. Governments collaborating with citizens and non-profit organizations It’s these collaborative models that
will inevitably drive new forms of innovation and value creation in every institution. You look at a discipline like astronomy today and increasingly it’s the entire community of
astronomers that are collectively coding and creating and sharing data sets. Some papers published in this discipline
have a thousand authors. That’s how big these collaborations have become in the
scientific community. We need some foundational public policies
to be put in place. We need support for open standards. We need arguably new digital public
goods for a knowledge based economy inclusive more open access to publishing in
science better access to digital libraries and knowledge
assets that people can reuse and repurpose We have essentially had the same model of education
as they had back in the days of Plato and Aristotle. Even Socrates for that matter.
I mean if you if you were to bring any one of those figures back to life today they would still recognize the fundamental
basics of today’s classroom. We need a different model of the university itself. Right
now we have a very ivory tower model where what I think we need is a is a global
network for higher learning where educational curricula a shared and codeveloped across universities. What we need in are new models to get businesses,
to get citizens, to get all aspects of our society involved in addressing climate change
in trying to reduce our carbon footprints. What we need today are much more customized, interactive
and collaborative public services services where citizens themselves actually
get engaged in not just designing the service but in some
cases even delivering the services. Citizens become part of the value creation process. Governments need to be more transparent.
They need to be more collaborative. They need to engage with citizens and they need
to look for new ideas, new innovations. Not just within the confines of the
bureaucracy but in the broader society in which they are a part. My thing is that you should do what is closest
to home, take initiative, show leadership in your own domain, in your own institutions, companies
and governments. I think that really is the key.


  1. Things that make you go, mmm
    Would that be something like Aldous Huxley's "Brave new world" ?

    Please see,
    "Aldous Huxley interview. Brave New World. The changing face of democracy."

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