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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Social innovation and the challenge of democracy in Europe

Date: December 11 2014

Posted by: Filippo Addarii

What’s going on in Paris? This year over four thousand Parisians have been consulted on how to allocate twenty million Euros across fifteen projects that aim to improve the quality of life in the French capital. Anne Hidalgo, who was elected as the Mayor of Paris in April 2014, has introduced a participatory budget process... Find out more

Societal entrepreneurship: An agenda to reinvent Europe

Date: February 01 2014

Posted by: Filippo Addarii, Indy Johar

Climate change, credit crunch, political disenfranchisement, youth unemployment, ageing society, mass migration, even the German energiewende – the policy to phase out nuclear energy – are all manifestations of global change and show the inadequacy of our current institutions to deal with the transformation. This is our small world crisis. This is the cause of the crisis... Find out more

Mobile for Good: Putting power in the hands of the people

Date: December 11 2013

Posted by: Filippo Addarii

I recently had the pleasure of taking part in the 2013 Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards, where four new Android and iOS applications were awarded €30,000 each to continue their excellent work. These awards recognise transformational apps designed to improve people’s lives, deliver substantial public benefit and stimulate thinking of how mobile technology can improve... Find out more

21st century challenge: a new strategy to share prosperity

Date: November 15 2013

Posted by: Filippo Addarii

I recommend a short article, The Second Economy (McKinsey Quarterly, 2011), by W. Brian Arthur, an economist and one of the founders of Complexity Theory. It illustrates that distributing prosperity through employment is no longer a successful strategy for today’s economy. The impact of digital technology has skyrocketed economic productivity but is destroying jobs that... Find out more