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• Smart specialization: from design to implementation

In the context of European Week of Region and Cities, hosted by The Committee of Regions, on October 13th Vision managed a pane where policy experts discussed how smart specialisation has been implemented in Europe, and what challenges need to be addressed moving forward. Focusing on evaluating and monitoring recent policy outcomes isa the key priority now. The debate provided an overview of issues related to implementation of the strategies and their monitoring and evaluation phases. Conference info and speakers' presentations are available in the event page.

On September 9th, Vision hosted the conference "New Innovation Models for Smarter & Specialised Regions", in the context of 25th Economic Forum in Krynica. Among the speakers of the conference: Marek Przeor (Head of Sector Smart and Sustainable Growth, DG Regio), Joachim Schonowski (Telekom Innovation Laboratories), Joakim Larsson (Regional President, West Götaland Region, Sweden), Katarina Hazuchova (Independent Environmental Analyst), Stanislaw Sienko (Deputy Mayor, City of Rzeszów), Alina Gendele (Chair, Latgale Planning Region, Latvia). Conference materials could be found in the event page.

On the topic of innovation in the public administration sector both in Italy and in Europe, Vision lead two interesting events, which focused on the analysis and discussion of the institutional conditions that allow an efficient and transparent public services delivery. The Conference 'Public Service Delivery and One-Stop-Shops in Europe' was held in Rome on March 30th, in collaboration with ANCI. While on Wednesday April 1st  Vision was in Brussels for the Workshop 'Institutional Conditions to Develop Successful e-Government Programmes', in collaboration with CIRB. Within the distinguished guests and speakers we mention Azad Jafarli (International Managewr of ASAN Service,  Azerbaijan), Antonella Galdi (Deputy Segretary General, ANCI) and François Du Mortier (Team Support Manager CIRB, Belgium). Conference and Workshop materials are available on the event page. 

• Politics and economics of happiness

 The project is part of the debate about which goals societies should pursue, aware of the limited power of GDP.

• The future of the Universities

Which future for Universities in the global market of Ideas? An international conference to discuss about internationalization and new competitors.

• Kyoto of the cities

The initiative call for a direct leadership of world cities in the tackling of climate change issues, via the adoption of cross-border quasi contracts and mutually agreed policy targets.

• The future of Europe

Europe is facing a stalemate. The EU is already the most sophisticated framework of international governance and thus the best case for moving forward.

• The future of Democracy

The Future of Democracy identifies some of the structural problems of the types of democracies. How to empower citizen, considering lower access cost to information?

• ICT and collective action

Media and their contents have been deeply affected by the impact of ICT and have been changing the way communities react to power.