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Alternatives to Austerity

Alternatives to Austerity

Insights from Professor Mazzucto’s work, including a lecture she gave to the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR), informed this IPR Policy Brief, ‘Alternatives to Austerity’ (see chapter 4). Website    PDF more

Where Are the European Googles?

Where Are the European Googles?

A big question for the past 20 years has been: Where are the European Googles? Why are all the funky, creative, dynamic, innovative companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook coming out of the United States and not out of Europe?

The three-part answer you will often hear is: Europe has lots of culture, good food and fashion, but it is not “entrepreneurial enough.” There are not enough “garage tinkerers.” Not enough high risk venture more

Challenging perceptions about public investment in Canada

Challenging perceptions about public investment in Canada

Recently I’ve been on a bit of a world tour (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Holland, Italy, Dubai, Brazil, the USA and more) talking to policy makers, business leaders, and trade unions about how to achieve economic growth that is both ‘smart’ (innovation led) and ‘inclusive’. I’ve decided to start documenting some of these encounters. This first blog in the series is on Canada.

My first ‘innovation’ meeting in Canada was back more

Is inequality an inevitable result of technological change?

Is inequality an inevitable result of technological change?

This is the question I was debating this week with Erik Brynjolfsson (appearing via robot) and Michael Osborne at the Financial Times’ great Camp Alphaville.

Erik’s work on this topic was highlighted in a great TED talk where he argued that whilst there are naturally growing pains as we radically reorganize our economies, big innovations are ahead of us.

His view is in direct contrast to the view of more