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Peter Smirniotopoulos: We Need an Education System that Promotes Creativity, Innovation, and Critical Thinking This is the second in a three-part series on the need for education reform in the United States. The first installment, "Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart," explored the emerging political discourse criticizing public education and being well-educated, and how the toxic environment it creates makes real reform even more problematic. This installment argues in favor of a paradigm shift in primary and secondary education. In early October 2011, I wrote "Three Innovative Ideas, Which Could Help the Economy,... but No One's Talking About Them," In that blog entry I argued that comprehensive education reform was one "innovative idea" that could help transform the domestic economy. Reforming the U.S. public education system to make it less like a factory processing future workers, and focusing instead on creating a nation of thinkers, might seem counterintuitive to matching up high school and college grads with scarcely available jobs.

Présentation / Editorial Les réseaux électriques intelligents sont non seulement une condition sine qua non aux développements des EnR et à leur insertion harmonieuse sur le réseau mais aussi un moyen de réduire l’utilisation des moyens de production de pointe, grâce à des gains de flexibilité de consommation et de production. L’autoconsommation, la gestion des énergies renouvelables à l’échelle d’îlots, l’effacement et demain le stockage ou l’ajustement : autant de techniques en cours de déploiement qui ont besoin de réseaux électriques intelligents. Aujourd’hui, la multiplication des démonstrateurs permet aux réseaux intelligents de devenir une réalité palpable : du projet Smart Grid Vendée à l’échelle de tout un département au projet Mietec porté par la commune de Montdidier, en passant par Smart Electric Lyon qui constituera une vitrine à l’export de l’offre française. Brique après brique, l’avenir se dessine. Les réseaux électriques intelligents sont l’un des 4 programmes confiés à l’ADEME.

IP Filings Worldwide Rebound in 2010 despite Economic Turmoil Geneva, December 20, 2011 PR/2011/701 Press Conference A new report published by WIPO today shows that intellectual property (IP) filings worldwide rebounded strongly in 2010 after a considerable decline in 2009. The recovery in IP filings was stronger than the overall economic recovery. In Europe, IP filing growth by France, Germany and the UK far exceeded the GDP growth rate of the three largest European economies in 2010.1 The 7.2% growth in patent applications in 2010 - the highest growth rate in five years - followed a 3.6% decline in 2009. In his foreword to the 2011 World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) Report, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry notes that the upturn in IP filings shows that companies across the globe have been continuing to innovate. Patents The Report, which contains detailed statistical information on national and international data up to 2010, shows that China and the US accounted for four-fifths of the 7.2% worldwide growth in patent filings. Trademarks

Les « TIC » et les innovations dans le monde en 2011-2012 Article paru dans le supplément Science&Techno du Monde du 31/12/2011 Image Flickr de Chip Shorter L'année 2011 restera peut-être comme celle où le monde a perdu son centre, du moins dans le domaine des technologies de l'information et de la communication (TIC). La Silicon Valley californienne demeure le lieu où les innovations fleurissent le plus facilement. Mais sa position dominante est menacée. La planète innovante devient multipolaire, ou distribuée, selon le vocabulaire qu'on préfère. Winch5, mon projet de tour du monde, s'inscrit dans cette tendance par sa volonté d'aller chercher où se trouvent ces innovateurs d'ailleurs. Les révolutions arabes ont révélé des usages que les fondateurs de Facebook ou de Twitter n'avaient pas en tête en créant leurs sites conçus plutôt pour draguer à l'université Harvard (Massachusetts) ou informer le monde quand ils emmenaient pisser leur chien. L'impact sur l'adoption des TIC dans la région est tout aussi remarquable. La locomotive asiatique

EU research & innovation scoreboard 2012 EU makes progress, but growth slowing. This trend highlights the need to increase efforts if Europe’s economy is to maintain global competitiveness. Almost all EU countries have become better at fostering innovation, according to an annual research and innovation scoreboard But progress is slowing – and the EU still has not closed its innovation gap with international leaders the US, Japan and South Korea. The scoreboard makes clear that the EU will have to increase efforts to stimulate and speed up innovation if it is to boost – let alone maintain – its competitiveness. That’s why innovation – and removing bottlenecks that prevent good ideas from reaching the market – is at the heart of the EU’s 2020 growth and jobs strategy. The scoreboard compares countries based on research and development (R&D) investment levels – a key performance indicator – along with 23 other factors. Ingredients for innovation The EU's innovation leaders are Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland. Innovation Union

Europe's Information Society Newsroom News :: Science and innovation, an essential factor for competitiveness and growth in Europe (30/04/2012) Europe needs innovation more than ever before to support sustainable growth and create new jobs, to replace those lost in the crisis. To keep up with growing global competition, we must leave the comfort zone of business. Looking ahead, Horizon 2020, the €80 billion investment programme for research and innovation after 2014, proposed by the European Commission at the end of last year, together with the new cohesion policy, will provide a further push to strengthen our Innovation Union. The Publication is divided in three chapters with high level contributions Prospects and challenges: the framework of the development of science and innovation in EuropeInnovative sectors in EuropeInnovation: contributing to the construction of a sustainable and dynamic European economy. The attached pdfs are the articles from our DG INFSO Deputy Director General Z.

InnovCity ARTEMIS CATRENE, Cluster for Application and Technology Resaerch in Europe on NanoElectronics

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