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Brussels, 13th October 2016

In the context of European Week of Region and Cities, hosted by The Committee of Regions, 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.

 
 
Krynica (Poland), 8-10 th September 2015
Too often, policymakers treat investment and economic growth with overgeneralized theories and methods. Smart-specialization seeks to address the innovation process by allocating structural funds in an efficient and logical way, in accordance to the particular needs of a certain region.  Which specific priorities does each region have, and what unique challenges do they face in order to overcome them? What are strengths and shortcomings of the region? How to choose smart specializations? How to institutionalize the entrepreneurial discovery process?  Answering to these questions is essential to clarify the potential each region has moving forward into the 21st century.
 
 
Kracow, 5th May 2015

Smart cities is one on the buzz word in the world of innovation. And yet what does really mean to be smart for a city? How do we measure its smartness and then increase it? What can innovative technologies, environmentally-friendly solutions and efficient use of energy sources make for cities? What kind of solutions we learn from European smartest cities?

 
 
Boston, 17th April 2015

The event, organized in partnership with MITaly, aimed at defining a tool that would overcome the traditional concept of "brain drain". By creating a digital Platform who offers to the Public Administration, research institutions & industry, the ability to access the skills they need, and individuals to become active in the solution of these problems.

 
 
Rome, 30th March 2015 - Brussels, 1st April 2015
What does it take in terms of leadership for an e-Government project to be effective? Does it leverage positive relationship between states and citizens? How does the citizen engagement through increased use of ICTs improve the production and delivery of public services? Which newly conceived terms of comparison could be used to assess countries according to their technology potential? 
 
 
February 2015

I want Europe to emerge stronger from the economic and financial crisis” With this speech, in 2010, the former President of the European Commission Barroso was presenting the new strategy, the Europe 2020 Strategy, both for overcoming the crisis as well as for creating the conditions for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

 
 
June 2013
Do we still need credit rating agencies? Are they protecting stability of rating users or multiplying volatility?  where therefore should a solution been found? The regulator has failed to address the high concentration of the marketand thus, the over reliance on credit rating. The solution that we would like to propose has the advantage of simplicity: rating the raters and assign weights to their ratings based on their past performance.
 
 
March 2013

Although there are all sort of uncertainties, Italian election make at least clear that the slow, sweet decline that has taken place for the last twenty years has come to an end: either Italy will wake up, remove the constraints that prevent her potential to unfold and protect unproductive corporations; or she will be trapped into a Greek style economic and financial tragedy that promises to be fatal to the very fabric of European Union itself.

 
 
October 2012
Cities and especially large cities are the places where most of CO2 emissions (and more generally pollution) are produced and where most of the solutions to environment challenges can be found. As such they are also the place where some of the most interesting innovations will happen and where the Agenda of Europe 2020 of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth may find a concrete application.
 
 
September 2012
Do we still need credit rating agencies? Is the industry of credit rating and more specifically are the three big rating firms adding or subtracting economic value to financial markets and economy in general?  Are they protecting stability of rating users or multiplying volatility? And if there is a problem, who is to be blamed? The agencies themselves or primarily the regulators and the investors who are over relying on their opinions?  And where therefore should a solution been found?
 
 
May 2011
What are the differences between David Cameron's idea and New Labour's communitarianism? What are the similarities and differences with the several forms of associationism which are an historical feature of some Italian regions? Who should choose the new social entrepreneurs, how to connect pay to performance? What are the implications on taxation and representation (democracy)? How does the Big Society change the very approach to fiscal federalism and devolution, and how to design an institutional model more flexible, so that the powers and resources are transferred to the most efficient subjects?
 
 
April 2011
The 5th annual conference on the Future of Universities will be held in Perugia. The broad, ambitious Vision project is to imagine (and design) the universities on the future focusing on issues like: the marketing and the internationalization; the methodologies for ranking universities; the impact of the internet; the new segments of students. The project, starting up in the country and in the cities where universities were born, can be an additional added value and source of inspiration. The objective will be pursued by an international network of deans, experts, journalists who have been participating to Vision initiatives.
 
 
October 2010
Which future for Italian and European Universities? An international conference to discuss triggers of change within the university system: merits and limits of rankings and power of internationalization. The new ranking of Italian universities has been released, and two new projects have been presented: a global ranking of universities with international focus and a market research on attractiveness factors for students who decide to study abroad.
 
 
January 2010
New Vision's project, to be developed during year 2010, deals with the issue of measuring well being in modern societies.
What should societies – and policy makers – look for? Can happiness be an effective alternative to GDP when it comes to measuring quantity of well being and the fairness of its distribution? But also: who can define what happiness is? Is “progress” still a valid notion towards which science and economy should be oriented?
 
 
April 2009
In the global market for innovation the future of Italian and European universities is closely linked to their ability to adjust to internationalization: Vision addresses this topic during the annual conference on universities, organized in conjunction with Nova, Air and Urania, with the help of recent data provided, among others, by OECD and the Lisbon Council. Universities are the object of continuous assessments measuring their prestige and results. Moreover, universities can no longer be considered independently of the national, regional and thematic environement, in which they operate.
 
 
March 2009
Vision has launched the "Kyoto of the Cities", a project with the objective to explore the possibility of engaging major cities in an international agreement on environment - related goals and explore strategies for CO2 emissions in housing, waste management and urban transportation. The project's results will be delivered at a conference taking place on the 26-28 of March 2009 in Naples. Anyone interested in the project or the upcoming conference can obtain further information by writing to kyotoofthecities@vision-forum.org.
 
 
December 2008
Can a Euro Wide referendum on the treaty be an option between the two alternatives that have been mainstream so far (the "treaty is dead" one voiced by euro sceptics and the "go ahead any way with the national parliaments' ratifications" suggested by the euro federalists)? Is it realistic to call for Europe to "focus on what the citizens want" without giving to Europe the power to deliver, or to ask for more power without accepting that this must come with more representation?
These are some of the questions upon which Vision and Prometheus will hope to raise fresh ideas in a debate to be held in Brussels on 5 December.
 
 
June 2007
Media and their contents have been deeply affected by the impact of ICTand in turn have been changing the way communities react to power or how they use communication formats for their own agenda. This backgrounder establishes the framework Vision wishes to use to pursue research on the questions raised. The following was also released and first presented to an academic audience on 28th and on 29th June at the RC47 Conference Globalization,Identities and Experience of Localities, held at La Sapienza in Rome.
 
 
May 2007
Energy and energy related issues have been recently dominating the international political debate. Vision's analysis starts from the idea that “energy” and “climate change” are not only huge problems per se, but also as the most colossal failures of democracy, of global governance, of the very idea of justice and fair redistribution of the costs of individual behaviours that is essential for a social contract to develop and for a community to exist.
 
 
March 2007
Europe is 50 years old and many questions are still open. What does Europe stand for? "Visions for Europe" is the new ambitious project aiming to propose different "visions" for the future, and find some of the answers we are looking for.
 
 
May 2006
Descrizione: Our aim is to contribute to the understanding of where the processes of democracy become stuck, and to find out what specific innovations should be implemented as soon as possible if we want democracy to overcome its current crisis. The value of democracy lies in its superior ability to capture and elaborate information and to transform this information into political will and reality.
 
 
December 2005
What does Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) exactly mean? Because there’s a systematic divergence not only between business and social responsibility, but also, and more importantly, between business and the business ethics, between companies’ shares value and companies capability to generate economic value.
 
 
October 2004
Four years after the launch of Lisbon Strategy, the objective to make Europe the most competitive knowledge-based economy within 2010 seems to be very distant. After the initiative of the Lisbon Council and in the same days of the signature of the European Constitution, Vision is presenting ten proposals in progress that could, if realized simultaneously, make Europe reach its ambitious target transforming what was mistakenly considered an economic process in a social transformation aimed at introducing the idea of “innovaiton” as one of the values on which develop a new European model.
 
 
April 2003
This project is in fact the follow up of the collection called The Moral Universe (2002) which addressed the question of the crisis of Morality in modern societies. Vision, together with Demos, is now working on the question which is the natural continuation of the previous one: are we facing a crisis of Rationality?
 
 
May 2003
The UN is experiencing its most dramatic crisis since it was established in 1945. Meanwhile, nation states seem unable to fill the vacuum. Whereas the American commitment to fighting ‘global terror’ through a series of costly localised wars is to be questioned from an efficiency standpoint, this not enough for the French to reject ‘preventive’ action in favour of a Cold War concept of international legitimacy.
 
 
Forum PA - Fiera di Roma - Roma, May 10, 2002
This position paper is on the value of expectations. Expectations as a driver of a massive change like the one PAs are experiencing. And in this sense it is a rather new perspective that Vision is taking to the question of the impact of the Internet on advanced societies.
 
 
February 2002
Vision, a new Italian think tank, is taking a systematic look at the impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on a number of crucial sectors in our society: Healthcare, Transportation, Education, Security. Having decided to begin with perhaps the most sensitive sector of all, healthcare, the first phase of Vision’s project objective is to evaluate the likely impact of (ICT) on Healthcare and to identify the institutional and organisational changes needed to realise its potential.
 
 
in PUBLIC GOVERNMENT FORUM held by Italian Government - May 2001
Internet Era will make even clearer a factor which seems to escape to the debate Devolution: there is no given distribution of power among different institutional levels that we can consider invariable in time and space. In Time because technologies change continuously the optimal level at which it is convenient to allocate a given political activity. In Space because what appears to be reasonable in a given context will not be so in a different one and, for instance, it is absolutely obvious that, for instance, two Regions within the same State or two municipalities within same Region can have a totally different performance.
 
 
March 2001
Demos and Vision, two of the leading European think tanks, presented together - during the OECD Global Forum on e-government held in Naples Italy, March 12-17  – the initial findings of a research study on “The (Inter) Net Impact on the Health Divide”. The project outcomes were delivered during a number of sessions attended by senior officials of the Healthcare and Technology ministries of a number of OECD and LDC countries.
 
 
March 2000
Vision nasce da due precise intuizioni: la prima è che la politica, intesa come capacità di risolvere problemi collettivi e complessi, è, sarà, la determinante fondamentale della velocità, quantità, qualità, distribuzione di progresso che riusciremo nei prossimi anni a realizzare. A questa intuizione se ne affianca un’altra altrettanto elementare e "ragionevole": abbiamo bisogno di più politica ma sarà una politica completamente diversa nei processi e, forse, in gran parte nelle persone.
 
 
July 1999
A questa pubblicazione sono "attaccati" diversi obiettivi: il rilancio di Vision come luogo di "protezione" delle idee e di elaborazione di soluzioni a problemi complessi, l’avvio di una partnership progettuale tra think tank europee (Vision con la policy unit inglese Demos e la federazione di clubs francese Convictions), la sistemazione di una serie di riflessioni di natura diversa sulla questione a nostro avviso centrale della definizione della nozione stessa di benessere in una Società avanzata. Queste aspettative diverse e tutte ambiziose sono però collegate tra di loro da un’intuizione di fondo: la variabile che più di qualsiasi altra farà la differenza nella quantità, nella qualità, nella diffusione di progresso, sarà nei primi anni del prossimo millennio la capacità della politica di leggere, di governare fenomeni sociali, economici di straordinaria complessità.
 
 
 
 

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