Cities: new players in science and technology diplomacy
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Cities: new players in science and technology diplomacy

Cities are increasingly becoming active players in science and technology diplomacy. This move is welcomed, especially if it puts innovation as part of the equation. Cities are becoming active players in finding new solutions to complex problems related to rapid urbanization. Co-developing science and technology, municipal governments are engaging in finding ways to overcome traffic congestion, prevent flash … Continue reading

Watch Out for Neo-Luddism
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Watch Out for Neo-Luddism

Robots and globalization are putting pressure on some traditional jobs (both high and low skilled). The solution for those workers losing their jobs is not neo-luddism (revolting against the robots), but to acquire the demanded skills and competences in the robotized and globalized world we live in. Luddites were violent protesting workers in the English … Continue reading

Reforms of national innovation policies in Europe
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Reforms of national innovation policies in Europe

Many European countries have introduced important reforms in their innovation policies since the year 2000. Countries with traditionally “mission-oriented” policies have introduced many new “diffusion-oriented” instruments, and vice-versa. Are we witnessing a trend towards convergence of innovation policies, and ultimately of innovation systems? The answer is very simple, and yet quite complex. Simply put the … Continue reading