Classic innovation policy is broken.
Why? Because innovation nowadays is totally different (and in contrast) than it used to be only 15 years ago. It is unpredictable, rapid, unplanned, granular, driven by several drivers (not only technology, but also design and business models). And it requires engagement of several stakeholders and citizens. Traditional approaches to innovation policy (based on foresight, focus on specific fields, investing in massive projects and big institutions, and a cycle of calling-screening-controlling proposals) do not really work.
New innovation policies must focus on people instead of institutions, support unpredictable bottom up initiatives with strong engagement, and be based on an iterative cycle of small experimental initiatives.
I've been advising the former EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas, and now I continue my engagement with he EU Commission as a member of the Advisory Board of the newly created European Innovation Council (EIC), which aims at promoting breakthrough and market creating innovation, especially for fast growing businesses.
With a team of pioneering institutions, led by Andrea Renda at the Center for European Policy Studies, we are exploring new ways to engage citizens in policy making. In particular, in project TRIGGER, we are developing new digital tools, driven by design, to support public engagement and governance. We believe that there is a positive way to use digital technology for addressing the complexity of social, environmental and economic systems, with a user centred perspective. And we experiment to find it.
The European Innovation Council →
Project TRIGGER on Citizens Engagement →
The RISE group of advisors to the EU Commission →