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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