Three Pillars: Intertwining innovation, education and commitment

Three Pillars: Intertwining innovation, education and commitment

OCTA Innovation under leadership of Mr Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (left on the photo) has developed into an innovation think tank committed to best outcomes in island states in the Atlantic and South Pacific. With innovation as the engine of sustainable development, Milan has lead developing innovation, including a new concept in learning, blended education. From his experience of working in developing countries, he developed a learning methodology that brings together most effortless in-job education, with structured distance learning enabling the students on minimal face to face support (often not available on the islands) to gain from the most advanced education tools and gain valuable qualifications.

In the summer of 2017 University of Aruba and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (University of Leuven) signed a 5-year partnership agreement for the Green Faculty at the University of Aruba. Under leadership of Mr Glenn Thodé (middle on the photo) the Green Faculty encapsulates an academic program focused on research in the field of sustainability, and application of new technologies related to green, renewable energy, in combination with economic and social sciences. The Green Faculty is a major leap forward for all region. By welcoming high-level experts and academic staff, the Green Faculty will, no doubt become the hotbed of learning in the Caribbean. Great work Glenn!

From economic hit-man to protector. Emerging from the world of hard, imperial economics where power is unscrupulously used to further interest of global finance, Mr John Perkins (right on the photo) has been reborn into one of the strongest protectors of natural life and resources. Advising small countries and organizations that protect resources and support economics that respects both environment and societal needs, John is using his economic knowledge and commitment to sustainable and circular economy. We love this work.

On the first sight these three approaches are unrelated. But they form the big picture of economic and societal prosperity in the Overseas Countries and Territories, the Three Pillars.

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Swedish National Innovation Council

Swedish National Innovation Council

Goal: The Swedish National Innovation Council (NIC) was created by the Prime Minister on February 9, 2015. In February 2017 it was restructured and Charles was reappointed for a second term, which runs until September 30, 2018.

The purpose of NIC is to develop Sweden’s national innovation system and thereby mitigate societal and environmental challenges as well as enhancing productivity growth and employment. NIC has an advisory role and adds new perspectives on questions of importance for innovation policy. NIC deals with policy issues that represent the most important parts of a coherent and holistic innovation policy. It contributes to the development of a coordinated and integrated innovation policy.

The Prime Minister is the chairman of NIC, and there is no deputy chairman. The Council meets four times per year, for 4 – 6 hours each time. From February 2017 NIC has the following responsible ministers and members.
Responsible Ministers:
•Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister
•Magdalena Andersson, Minister of Finance
•Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation
•Helene Hellmark Knutsson
•Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

Members of the NIC come from the business and research sectors. They are:
•Ola Asplund, Senior Adviser, IF Metall
•Mengmeng Du, entrepreneur and board member of various companies
•Charles Edquist, Professor in Innovation Studies at the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University
•Darja Isaksson, digital strategist
•Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH, Royal Institute of Technology
•Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group
•Johan Rockström, Professor in Environmental Science and Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University
•Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO and Managing Director of Stora Enso
•Jane Walerud, entrepreneur
•Carola Öberg, project manager at Innovationsfabriken Gnosjöregionen

To support its activities, the Innovation Council has a small office in the Prime Minister’s Office. The principal secretary of the Innovation Council is Wille Birksten. Oskar Thorslund is the Administrative Director of the office.

Charles has written a research article about the Swedish National Innovation Council. It describes and analyses the activities and results of NIC in quite some detail. It was earlier presented on this home page https://charlesedquist.com/2016/08/28/the-first-research-article-on-the-swedish-national-innovation-council-published/.

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Azores Wind-Solar-Battery Storage System to Reduce Environmental Impacts 43 Percent

Azores Wind-Solar-Battery Storage System to Reduce Environmental Impacts 43 Percent

Recent grid outages coupled with increasingly frequent extreme weather events and increasing use of renewable energy resources are boosting calls on government and regulatory authorities to institute policies conducive to faster and higher volume deployment of battery-based energy storage management systems (BESS).

Responding to grid outages in South Australia, Tesla CEO Elon Musk touched off a Twitter “storm” this week when he said the company could solve the problem within 100 days. Musk’s pledge that Tesla would install as much as 300 megawatts (MW) of lithium-ion BESS capacity within that time frame or do the work for free galvanized politicians, the industry and broad public and led to a meeting with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.

Despite sharp declines, the cost of installing Li-ion battery storage remains high. By and large, existing regulatory frameworks limit the extent to which they can be applied and economically compete with conventional grid technology. Proponents point out that there are substantial, unaccounted for social and environmental benefits to be gained by deploying BESS; particularly when it comes to integrating BESS with distributed renewable energy assets, however.Read more

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Workshops & public-private partnerships

Workshops & public-private partnerships

We believe in workshops to enhance engagement of the stakeholders and to support dialogue consultations to bring public-private partnerships in the OCTs.

OCTA Innovation will financially support the innovation networking in the OCTs as a way to enhance engagement of the stakeholders and to support public-private partnerships.

The conditions for such support are:

  • OCTs must organize an event by themselves and support any related costs by themselves.
  • OCTs need to inform OCTA Innovation with the list of participants, photos, videos, press releases, etc.
  • On the base of the success of this first round of networking innovation events, the best and second best will be recognized.
  • The next round of networking innovation events will be financially supported.
  • After the second round events take place, costs of the catering will be paid upon receiving invoice from the service provider. Maximum amount of the costs to be supported is 500 € per OCT for 18 OCTs, one time 1000€, one time 1500€ for the best and second best OCT in the second round.

We are looking forward to receiving news from your innovation events!

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Les BRUZZ d’OCTA Innovation

Les BRUZZ d’OCTA Innovation

Grâce aux BRUZZ d’OCTA Innovation, nous avons une plateforme basée à Bruxelles pour le partage et la reconnaissance des initiatives innovantes et créatives des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer (PTOM). Le BRUZZ est l’occasion de présenter distinctement à l’audience européenne et bruxelloise, chaque PTOM sur des différents sujets novateurs.

L’objectif est d’assurer la sensibilisation et la connaissance des PTOM à un vaste public ou à une audience ciblée afin de générer un intérêt à promouvoir les sujets d’importance du PTOM concerné. Mettre les PTOM au cœur du débat à Bruxelles et au sein de l’Union Européenne c’est promouvoir le secteur privé ainsi que le secteur public, le commerce et les possibilités d’investissements. C’est également véhiculer des actions visant à porter les PTOM à un niveau de partenariat avec les acteurs des secteurs publics et privés de l’Union Européenne.

Les évènements BRUZZ sont un outil d’une grande efficacité pour renforcer la visibilité et la reconnaissance des PTOM. C’est un outil qui permet de diffuser des messages sur mesure, clairs et cohérents (Invitations, Illustrations, photos, vidéos), faisant recours à la technologie de pointe et aux outils en ligne de mobilisation qui permettent l’accès à des sites exceptionnels, à des conférenciers et à des auditoires de haut niveau. Ces facilités offrent une dynamique particulière aux événements et permettent de créer un buzz à court comme à long terme.

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Promotion de la culture entrepreneuriale innovante à Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Promotion de la culture entrepreneuriale innovante à Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

 

Le projet pilote vise à renouveler en profondeur l’économie de l’archipel en innovant dans le processus de création d’entreprises : pas simplement en accompagnant des porteurs de projets mais en faisant un travail plus global  en amont sur l’émergence de projets à partir des besoins du territoire, puis une construction collaborative de réponses entrepreneuriales. Le processus d’accompagnement classique, après cette phase d’émergence est ensuite enclenché en partenariat avec la CACIMA.

Depuis la crise du secteur pêche au début des années 1990, le secteur privé peine à trouver de nouveaux relais de croissance. Aujourd’hui, le PIB de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon est à 51% non-marchand, une valeur créée par les administrations. Les principaux espoirs de développement économique se portent aujourd’hui sur le tourisme et le numérique (raccordement au réseau optique mondial en 2017). Leur essor nécessite cependant une nouvelle génération d’entrepreneurs. Les initiatives entrepreneuriales doivent donc être valorisées dans un territoire où il est tenant de trouver une place dans l’administration qui apporte une sécurité dans un bassin d’emploi très réduit. Pour que le statut d’entrepreneur soit valorisé, il convient également de contribuer au succès des projets privés par un meilleur accompagnement en amont.

Le projet pilote visera une implication particulière des jeunes adultes, dans la mesure où les moins de 35 ans représentaient en 2015 près de 40% des chômeurs. Ce chiffre pourrait être encore plus élevé si les jeunes Saint-Pierrais et Miquelonnais revenaient davantage vivre dans l’archipel après leurs études. Cependant, les perspectives d’emplois limitées contribuent à ce qu’approximativement un étudiant sur deux revienne s’installer dans l’archipel. Par conséquent, la population tend à baisser depuis les années 2000, une tendance qu’il convient d’inverser rapidement pour cette communauté de 6125 habitants, en améliorant les perspectives économiques et l’information sur les opportunités existantes.

Le projet pilote va s’appuyer sur le plan d’action innovation de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon structuré autour de quatre objectifs stratégiques, en complémentarité des partenaires du développement local (notamment la chambre d’agriculture, de commerce, d’industrie et des métiers de l’artisanat – CACIMA) :

  1. Communiquer sur l’entreprenariat et valoriser les initiatives innovantes ;
  2. Favoriser l’entreprenariat chez les jeunes ;
  3. Orienter le territoire vers un nouveau modèle d’accompagnement des initiatives privées ;
  4. Initier un processus de veille créative territoriale.
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Curaçao’s Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference is a fact!

Curaçao’s Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference is a fact!

Curaçao organized the first edition of ‘Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference’ from October 19 up to 22, 2016.

The conference is a continuation to the ‘Innovate your Business Now’ Innovation seminar for SME’s in Curaçao which was organized earlier this year in on March 23, 2016.

During the ‘Innovate your Business Now’ seminar in March several speakers from the Netherlands and the Caribbean region that have successfully applied innovation in their business (smart, creative and green) got the opportunity to share their story with around 200 participants. In the end, the participants indicated that they would like to hear more stories from local entrepreneurs and also receive more practical information that would help them innovate their business.

As a result, the organizing team came with a 3 full day business conference containing inspiring local and international keynotes in the morning, enlightening workshops in the afternoon and exciting networking events in the evening addressing the theme: Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate. The goal of the conference is to stimulate entrepreneurs of local SME’s and aspiring young entrepreneurs to be more innovative and also grow their business. Another objective is to promote more cooperation between the different stakeholders and connect initiatives.

The platform behind ‘Connecting the Dots’ consists of the Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao, University of Curaçao, Curaçao Technology and Innovation Institute, Startup Curaçao, Curaçao Investment & Export Promotion Agency, National Platform for Youth Development and the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Willemstad.

The opening night of the conference and networking event themed “Our biggest screw ups” started with a bang and you could feel the level of excitement increase as the speakers shared their stories of failure in their entrepreneurial journey with the public. After the eloquent speech by the Minister of Economic Development, 3 local entrepreneurs each with a different story shared their lessons learned from passed mistakes in order to prevent others from making the same errors.

The following days of Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate featured surprisingly great speakers such as the local entrepreneur Ana Freitas Frias from Integra Natural, interactive workshops, creative processes (‘Effectual Idea Lab’ networking event), bonding (creation of a community), new topics like setting up a tech business, fintech, trends and trend watching, challenger marketing, wonderful examples of determination, execution and acceleration (Curaloe, ATECH), dialogue on the creative sector and food industry and new insights and tips like, how every successful entrepreneur needs a ‘hacker’, ‘hipster’ and ‘hustler’ (by Oscar Kneppers).

Curaçao looks back at a wonderful conference with great potential for further development.

For more information visit: www.connectingthedots.cw or https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingthedotsCuracao/

 

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Aruba hosts successful 2nd edition of TEDxAruba

Aruba hosts successful 2nd edition of TEDxAruba

 

On September 23rd 2016, the second edition of TEDxAruba was held at the Cas di Cultura in Oranjestad, with this year’s theme centered around the question of “What if…?”

This theme inspired questions in the realms of technology, education and design as well as innovative answers. Speakers ranged from a Susan Piver, a New York Times best-selling author, who’s message conveyed the importance of mediation for the modern world; an Andrea Sanders, the director and founder of Be Zero, lobbying for zero-waste households, to Indra Zaandam, culture enthusiast and advisor to the Ministry of Tourism of Aruba, who discussed the possibility of putting culture first, highlighting the importance of locals promoting cultural excellence. During the event it was also announced that TEDxAruba won a Business, Innovation and Creativity Award, issued by OCTA Innovation.

 

Speaker Highlights

The first speaker of the day was Aruban windsurfing treasure, Sarah-Quita Offringa. Her talk was titled: What if it takes a village to make a Sarah-Quita? She explained how it actually took 3 ‘villages’ to help mold her in to the success that she is today. The Aruban community, her community in the Netherlands, and the people she met on her international journey. An important message that she wanted to give to parents was to “keep raising talents”. Clearly her talk resonated with the room, because she received an overwhelming applause!

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BIC Award: Bureau of Innovation

BIC Award: Bureau of Innovation

 

The first BIC (Business, Innovation, Creativity) Award has been presented to Bureau of Innovation for propelling Innovation in Aruba through multiple innovative and creative activities such as TEDxAruba.

BIC Award, validated by Janice Panton MBE President by OCTAssociation Executive Committee, was presented by Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Team Leader of OCTA Innovation, to Cedrick Tilma, Representative of the Government of Aruba at the EU.

Bureau of Innovation (BI) is the Aruban creative think thank within the Ministry of General Affairs, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Science. BI develops, supports and advises on the areas of social, technical and economical innovation for the benefit of a sustainable society. BI strives towards sustainable well-being for everyone in Aruba.

Bianca Peters, Director of the Bureau of Innovation: “Within the vision of Aruba to become a 100% sustainable society, we see the need to focus on startups, on young entrepreneurs who think outside the box and find solutions to challenges in the development towards a sustainable society. A very important development for Aruba is to give the younger generation and recent graduates the opportunity to remain in Aruba to exploit their creativity and build on them thereby a future here.”

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