Growth, jobs and more

My last speech during the Slovenian EU presidency at the European Sustainable Development Network Conference in Paris, June 30th-July 1st, 2008.Excellencies, ladies and gentleman,It is a real pleasure to be here in Paris on the last day of the Slovenia…

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I am still in Seoul where we have just adopted the Seoul declaration. Here are some notes from my intervention on the plenary before the signing:First I’d like to join all who congratulated the organizers, the government of Korea and the OECD for such …

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They say we need IPv6

Empires stood (Roman) and fell (Napolen’s adventure in Russia) with communications technology. Today we are building empires of the mind and we need communication technology more than ever. In fact Europe’s global dominance started with the communicati…

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World Environment Day

To address climate change we need to think both with our wallets and our hearts (notes for an intervention at an OECD ministerial meeting in Paris, June 4th, 2008). Climate change is an issue that is global and global solutions should be found. But we …

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Another modern touch in the updated Lisbon Strategy is a reference to Open access to knowledge and Open innovation, both in the context of 5th freedom: “Member States and the EU must remove barriers to the free movement of knowledge by creating a “fifth freedom” based on enhancing the cross-border mobility of researchers, as well… » read more

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The economic and social future of Europe is mainly outlined in a strategy called “Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs”. Launched in 2000 it provides the blueprint for Europe staying competitive in the globlized economy. It so happened that at the Sprin…

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Some notes for the speech to the European University Business Forum in Brussels last week. Key messages: universities were designed for a paper based communication technology which is outdated;the prevailing position that the universities ha…

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eGovernment 2.0

Here are some slides from the talk I gave in Berlin in January. In summary:

Communication revolutions change the way we live together. They change culture, innovation, technology and the political process. We are at the middle of the second communication revolution. Internet is unleashing the human potential, the creativity, and allows the participation of the masses. Governments should exploit this. Updated Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs is taking note.

eGovernment 2.0 is about two way communication. Internet is platform for public debate, exchange of ideas and problem solving. Government services are a springboard for community made services. Government AND citizens, business jointly provide services, information. Government mediates, rather than rules. Not just G2x but also x2G and x2y.

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Comeback Continent?

This is fairly similar to the way I see the opportunities of Europe during the so-called Asian century:

The Comeback Continent – New York Times: “Today I’d like to talk about a much-derided contender making a surprising comeback, a comeback that calls into question much of the conventional wisdom of American politics. No, I’m not talking about a politician. I’m talking about an economy — specifically, the European economy, which many Americans assume is tired and spent but has lately been showing surprising vitality.”

However, one wonders if this is the way:

Amazon’s free shipping costing €1,000 per day in France: “Did you hear the one about Amazon? It offered free shipping in France, got sued for it by the French Booksellers’ Union, and lost. Now it’s choosing to pay €1,000 a day rather than follow the court’s order. Ba-da-bing!”

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