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Today, the European Commission is launching a consultation on the EU 2020 strategy, the successor to the Lisbon Agenda. With Lisbon’s deadline in the year 2010 quickly approaching, there is now a unique opportunity to review and improve this vital policy programme and lay a strong foundation for the new EU 2020 strategy. To be… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

‘If it’s not open, it’s not the Internet’ Vint Cerf Fascinating event this morning on cloud computing, hosted by Openforum europe. I mostly confirmed my attendance because I know too little about this fascinating phenomenon that is so profoundly changing how business is being done these days (by the way, it appeared like I was… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

Light at the end of the tunnel

Finally, a vision. Finally, a return to policy. Finally, a credible attempt to solve the pressing issues of our times, from overcoming recession and fighting climate change, to strengthening employment and getting public finances back in order. President Barroso’s “political guidelines for the next Commission,” published last Thursday, present a welcome step towards something resembling… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

I was present at the launch of a manifesto entitled “Fixing the Future” which was presented yesterday in the margins of the SIX summer school on social innovation. This is a timely initiative that deserves broad support. It certainly has mine. In a nutshell, it was written in response to the recovery packages that were… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

I am at the SIX International Summer School on Social Innovation in Lisbon. It’s a fascinating experience, being in the midst of inspiring “doers” from across the world. The event started off with a field trip to visit and experience a social innovation project. I went to a centre that helps people with mental illness… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

The Lisbon Council hosted Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for telecommunications and media yesterday for a landmark speech on “Digital Europe: Europe’s Fast-Track to Economic Recovery.” It was so refreshing to listen to a forward-looking, policy-savvy speech, laying out concrete plans for boosting employment and sustainable growth, after weeks of inward-looking institutional naval-gazing in Brussels. It’s… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

Last week, the Lisbon Council had the pleasure of welcoming Hal Varian, chief economist of Google and author of Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. He delivered The 2009 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture – the Lisbon Council’s flagship event on innovation – on “Combinatorial Innovation.” His remarks were fascinating, and can now be… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler