Innovation

Innovation is key to remaining at the forefront of global economic developments. Without innovation, we will not be able to sustain our high-wage jobs and preserve social equity.

While there is much talk in Europe about innovation, there is still too little public engagement and popular understanding that innovation is first and foremost about doing things differently. Put simply, we need renewal and change in all areas of society – public and private. Against this backdrop, the Lisbon Council is committed to leading a campaign on the role and importance of innovation, to shedding light on innovation’s intricate dynamics and to providing a platform where innovative minds can connect and exchange ideas.

Among the highlights of the Innovation Initiative are:

Towards Industry 4.0 and a Digital Single Market 
October 2014 

The European Digital Forum convened a high-level roundtable on Towards Industry 4.0 and a Digital Single Market: How Digital Technologies Can Close Europe’s Productivity Gap. Two of the world’s foremost experts on information technology and productivity, Bart Van Ark, executive vice-president, chief economist and chief strategy officer of The Conference Board and author of Productivity and Digitalisation in Europe: Paving the Road to Faster Growth and Robert D. Atkinson, president of The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and co-author of Raising European Productivity Growth Through ICT, presented their research and led a discussion on how digitalisation drives productivity, growth and jobs. Francisco Caballero Sanz, chief economist and head of unit for industrial competitiveness for growth at the European Commission’s DG enterprise and industry; Wolfgang Dorst, head of department, Industry 4.0 at Bitkom; Gerard de Graaf, director for co-ordination at the European Commission’s DG communication networks, content and technology; Dennis Kredler, director-general of the European Retail Round Table; Valerie Mocker, senior researcher for startups and entrepreneurship at Nesta; and Mark Purdy, managing director and chief economist of Accenture’s institute for high performance, also intervened, sharing their recent research and latest thinking on Europe’s economic situation and the role the digital economy can play in helping to overcome it. Marietje Schaake, member of the European Parliament, weighed in with a special video message, giving the European Parliament’s perspective and announcing several important European Parliament initiatives aimed at driving the digital agenda forward. The high-level roundtable was hosted by the European Digital Forum, a think tank managed by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, in collaboration with the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative.


Growing the Transatlantic Digital Economy
Septermber 2014 

The Lisbon Council, Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and Georgetown University teamed up to host a high-level summit in Washington, DC on Growing the Transatlantic Digital Economy: How Trade, Data and Internet Governance Drive the Economic Recovery. Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission in charge of the digital agenda and Catherine A. Novelli, under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment at the US Department of State, delivered powerful keynotes, while Karen Donfried, president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, chaired the discussion. The debate was introduced by Will Marshall, president of PPI. Later, Larry Downes, director of the center for business and public policy, evolution of regulation and innovation project at Georgetown University (which graciously hosted the summit); Antonio De Lecea, principal adviser at the delegation of the European Commission to the United States; Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist of PPI; and Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council, joined a high-level panel discussion, moderated by Paul Hofheinz, president of the Lisbon Council, on next steps in the transatlantic digital agenda.

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Transatlantoc Summit on New Engones of Growth 
April 2014 

Two leading think tanks – the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) from Washington, DC and the Lisbon Council from Brussels – convened the Transatlantic Summit on New Engines of Growth: Driving Innovation and Trade in Data. The think tanks used the occasion to launch Bridging the Data Gap: How Digital Innovation Can Drive Growth and Create Jobs, a new policy brief written by Paul Hofheinz, president of the Lisbon Council, and Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist of PPI. The study describes the immense benefits that can arise as a result of greater use of data analytics in healthcare, CO2 emissions, social inclusion, job creation and growth generation – and finds a vast “data gap” between Europe and the United States. Later, Giuseppe Abbamonte, director for media and data at the European Commission’s directorate-general for communications networks, content and technology; Richard Benjamins, group director for business intelligence and big data at Telefónica; Elena Bryan, senior trade representative at the US Mission to the EU; Damien Levie, deputy chief European negotiator for TTIP and head of unit for trade relations with the US and Canada at the European Commission’s directorate general for trade; John Midgley, senior manager for global public policy at Intuit; Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze, Internet economist and policy analyst at the directorate for science, technology and industry of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Martin Wrigley, general manager for Europe at the Application Developers Alliance, joined high-level panels on the transformative power of data-driven innovation, and looked at how the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could unlock the growth potential of data-driven trade on both sides of the Atlantic. The summit was informed and enriched by the participation of the Digital Trade Study Group, a high-level delegation of US Congressional staff members. It was hosted by the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, a centre of excellence managed by the Lisbon Council. 

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Lisbon Council @ Innovation Convention 

March 2014 

The Lisbon Council took a leading role at this year’s Innovation Convention, the European Commission’s flagship summit, which brought together more than 3000 participants for two days of intense dialogue on innovation and the challenges ahead. Ann Mettler, executive director, chaired the opening plenary, which included major keynote addresses from José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission; and Mark Rutte, prime minister of Netherlands, who were later joined by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European commissioner for research, innovation and science, to award the EU Prize for Women Innovators. The Lisbon Council also convened two high-level fringe sessions: Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Priorities for the Next European Commission, and Driving Public Sector Innovation, which was hosted by the European Centre for Government Transformation. Stian Westlake, executive director for policy and research at Nesta, spoke at the first fringe, presenting the key recommendations of Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally-Powered Growth, a policy brief jointly written by the Lisbon Council and Nesta. Xavier Damman, co-founder and general manager of Storify; Matthias Kaiserswerth, director of IBM Research Europe; Max Senges, lead manager of Google for Entrepreneurs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and manager of Factory, Google’s technology hub in Berlin; and Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, joined the debate, discussing next steps for mainstreaming innovation and delivering on the digital agenda. Later in the day, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn joined the session on Driving Public Sector Innovation. Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn used the occasion to highlight the importance of public sector innovation in Horizon 2020 in a keynote speech – and announced the winner of a year-long case-study competition on public-sector innovation, conducted by College of Europe students, Voltaire promotion. Michele Chang, professor at the European political and administrative studies department of the College of Europe; Peter Dröll, acting director for Innovation Union and the European Research Area at the European Commission’s DG research and innovation; Teodoro García Egea, member of the Spanish National Parliament and researcher in the Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT); Bernard le Masson, global managing director for health and public service, management consulting at Accenture; John Kolm-Murray, seasonal health and affordable warmth co-ordinator at Islington Council, United Kingdom, joined the session, along with several winners of the European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration, awarded last year by the European Commission. Later, Commissioner Geoghegan Quinn awarded The 2014 Public Service Innovation Prize to the winning College of Europe case study: a proposal for expanding solar-energy innovation, based on the experience of the regional energy agency of Murcia, Spain.The following day, Ann Mettler chaired a plenary on The Digital Revolution: Riding the Next Wave of Innovation with Eduardo Navarro, chief commercial digital officer of Telefónica; Anne-Marie Imafidon, head and founder of Stemettes; Doug Richard, former dragon from Dragons’ Den and founder of SchoolForStartups, Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation; and Erki Urva, chairman of the management board, Estonian Information Technology Foundation for Education.

Herman Van Rompuy Keynotes Innovation Summit

October 2013

On the eve of the October European Council devoted to innovation and the digital agenda, the Lisbon Council convened The 2013 Innovation Summit. Highlights included the launch of Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally-Powered Growth, a new publication produced by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, Europe’s leading innovation foundation. The policy brief proposed a seven point agenda for making Europe “the best place in the world to innovate.”

Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, delivered The 2013 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture, to a rapt audience. Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, vice-president of Google; John Bell, head of cabinet of European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn; Dainius Pavalkis, minister for education and science of Lithuania and acting chair of the Competitiveness Council of the European Union (research); Nico Perez, co-founder of Mixcloud and young adviser to Neelie Kroes, vice-president and European commissioner in charge of the digital agenda: Desirée van Welsum, economist and programme lead for business scenarios at the Conference Board; Stian Westlake, executive director for policy and research at Nesta and co-author of Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally-Powered Growth; and Andrew W. Wyckoff, director for science, technology and industry at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, joined the lively discussion on how to drive forward innovation and digital advancement in Europe.

The OECD also used the occasion to launch Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation, a new report on the role of knowledge-based capital as a new source of growth. The event was held under the patronage of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was hosted by the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, a centre of excellence managed by the Lisbon Council and aimed at shedding light on the role SMEs play in the European single market – and the way the single market can help SMEs deliver more growth and jobs to Europe’s economy. The SME Centre was founded in 2012 by the Lisbon Council and Google.

Download Plan I(nnovation) for Europe
Watch The 2013 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture (Herman Van Rompuy)
Watch Andrew W. Wyckoff Interview
Download The 2013 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture (Herman Van Rompuy)
Download Carlo d'Asaro Biondo Presentation
Download Ann Mettler and Stian Westlake Presentation
Download Andrew W. Wyckoff Presentation
Download Desirée van Welsum Presentation
Download Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation

On the eve of the October European Council devoted to innovation and the digital agenda, the Lisbon Council convened The 2013 Innovation Summit. Highlights included the launch of Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally-Powered Growth, a new publication produced by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, Europe’s leading innovation foundation. The policy brief proposed a seven point agenda for making Europe “the best place in the world to innovate.” Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, delivered The 2013 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture, to a rapt audience. Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, vice-president of Google; John Bell, head of cabinet of European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn; Dainius Pavalkis, minister for education and science of Lithuania and acting chair of the Competitiveness Council of the European Union (research); Nico Perez, co-founder of Mixcloud and young adviser to Neelie Kroes, vice-president and European commissioner in charge of the digital agenda; Desirée van Welsum, economist and programme lead for business scenarios at the Conference Board; Stian Westlake, executive director for policy and research at Nesta and co-author of Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally-Powered Growth; and Andrew W. Wyckoff, director for science, technology and industry at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, joined the lively discussion on how to drive forward innovation and digital advancement in Europe. The OECD also used the occasion to launch Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation, a new report on the role of knowledge-based capital as a new source of growth. The event was held under the patronage of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was hosted by the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, a centre of excellence managed by the Lisbon Council and aimed at shedding light on the role SMEs play in the European single market – and the way the single market can help SMEs deliver more growth and jobs to Europe’s economy. The SME Centre was founded in 2012 by the Lisbon Council and Google. 

Download Plan I(nnovation) for Europe

Watch The 2013 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture (Herman Van Rompuy)
Watch Andrew W. Wyckoff Interview

Download The 2013 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture (Herman Van Rompuy)

Download Carlo d'Asaro Biondo Presentation

Download Ann Mettler and Stian Westlake Presentation

Download Andrew W. Wyckoff Presentation

Download Desirée van Welsum Presentation

Download Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation

IBM's Rometty on Competitive Advantage in an Era of Innovation

July 2013

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, led a fascinating discussion on Competitive Advantage in an Era of Innovation in her first major speech in Brussels. Constantijn van Oranje, head of cabinet of Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president in charge of the Digital Agenda, and Gilles Babinet, serial entrepreneur and digital champion of France, also intervened, joining a high-level panel on growth and innovation.

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