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For the 18 month cycle (1 January 2013 – 30 June 2014), the Trio Presidency, Ireland, Lithuania and ERENET Profile Vol. VII, No. 4. www.erenet.org Greece, in cooperation with the European Commission and the European Youth Forum have agreed that the theme of the Structured Dialogue process throughout the cycle is Social Inclusion. This was subsequently endorsed by the Council in a Resolution adopted in November 2012. Each of the three consultation phases will reflect this thematic priority, with the results from each phase informing the next phase, leading towards a collective outcome at the end of the cycle. Presidency specific priorities will contribute to the overall thematic priority of social inclusion.
The Irish EU Youth Conference is the first conference within the Trio Presidencies of Ireland, Lithuania and Greece, highlighting the theme of the social inclusion of young people. Seven thematic areas drawn from the results of national consultations provided by 27 Member States and 10 International NonGovernmental Organisations were explored at the Conference via joint workshop sessions. Young people and Ministry officials from the 27 Member States have jointly defined the following conclusions. These will inform a Council Resolution on Social Inclusion at the end of the 18 month cycle. They will also inform Council Conclusions on the contribution of quality youth work to the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people to be proposed by the Irish Presidency to the Council of Youth Ministers in May 2013.
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FOREWORDThe Oxford Handbook of Innovation describes innovation as the putting into practice of inventions. In a narrow sense innovation refers to product and process innovations, or technological innovation. In a broader sense innovation is the development of new products, new processes, new sources of supply, as well as the creation and exploitation of new markets and the development of new ways to organize business.
The European Commission's Green Paper on Innovation states that “Innovation is at the heart of the spirit of enterprise and thus companies must constantly innovate, even if only gradually.” In the context of this document, innovation is taken as being a synonym for the successful production, assimilation and exploitation of novelty in the economic and social spheres. It offers new solutions to problems and thus makes it possible to meet the needs of both the individual and society.
The aim of the Workshop on Innovation-driven Entrepreneurship organized within the framework of the 6th ERENET Annual Meeting as part of the International Conference on Law and Public Administration to be held on 11 April 2013 in Tîrgu Mureş is to highlight the EU innovation policy, present best practices on innovation in entrepreneurial education and promotion of SMEs and discussed further activities of the ERENET.
LOGISTICSFor ERENET Members the participation in the workshop and annual meeting is free of charge.
Participants should cover their travel and accommodation expenses. The host organizer can provide accommodation at the Continental Hotel, at discount price. (30 Euro single, 36 Euro Double breakfast included)
From the 2012-11-08 L’Osservatore Romano The universe “is not chaos or the result of chaos, rather, it appears ever more clearly as an ordered complexity” originating “in God’s creative Word”. XVI Benedeict Emeritus – that time the Real Holy Father emphasized this to the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, whom he received on Thursday morning, 8 November 2012, in the Clementine Hall.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
In your discussions, you have sought to examine, on the one hand, the ongoing dialectic of the constant expansion of scientific research, methods and specializations and, on the other, the quest for a comprehensive vision of this universe in which human beings, endowed with intelligence and freedom, are called to understand, love, live and work. In our time the availability of powerful instruments of research and the potential for highly complicated and precise experiments have enabled the natural sciences to approach the very foundations of corporeal reality as such, even if they do not manage to understand completely its unifying structure and ultimate unity. The unending succession and the patient integration of various theories, where results once achieved serve in turn as the presuppositions for new research, testify both to the unity of the scientific process and to the constant impetus of scientists towards a more appropriate understanding of the truth of nature and a more inclusive vision of it. We may think here, for example, of the efforts of science and technology to reduce the various forms of energy to one elementary ERENET Profile Vol. VII, No. 4. www.erenet.org fundamental force, which now seems to be better expressed in the emerging approach of complexity as a basis for explanatory models. If this fundamental force no longer seems so simple, this challenges researchers to elaborate a broader formulation capable of embracing both the simplest and the most complex systems.
Such an interdisciplinary approach to complexity also shows too that the sciences are not intellectual worlds disconnected from one another and from reality but rather that they are interconnected and directed to the study of nature as a unified, intelligible and harmonious reality in its undoubted complexity.
Such a vision has fruitful points of contact with the view of the universe taken by Christian philosophy and theology, with its notion of participated being, in which each individual creature, possessed of its proper perfection, also shares in a specific nature and this within an ordered cosmos originating in God’s creative Word. It is precisely this inbuilt “logical” and “analogical” organization of nature that encourages scientific research and draws the human mind to discover the horizontal co-participation between beings and the transcendental participation by the First Being. The universe is not chaos or the result of chaos, rather, it appears ever more clearly as an ordered complexity which allows us to rise, through comparative analysis and analogy, from specialization towards a more universalizing viewpoint and vice versa. While the very first moments of the cosmos and life still elude scientific observation, science nonetheless finds itself pondering a vast set of processes which reveals an order of evident constants and correspondences and serves as essential components of permanent creation.
It is within this broader context that I would note how fruitful the use of analogy has proved for philosophy and theology, not simply as a tool of horizontal analysis of nature’s realities, but also as a stimulus to creative thinking on a higher transcendental plane. Precisely because of the notion of creation, Christian thought has employed analogy not only for the investigation of worldly realities, but also as a means of rising from the created order to the contemplation of its Creator, with due regard for the principle that God’s transcendence implies that every similarity with his creatures necessarily entails a greater dissimilarity: whereas the structure of the creature is that of being a being by participation, that of God is that of being a being by essence, or Esse subsistens. In the great human enterprise of striving to unlock the mysteries of man and the universe, I am convinced of the urgent need for continued dialogue and cooperation between the worlds of science and of faith in the building of a culture of respect for man, for human dignity and freedom, for the future of our human family and for the long-term sustainable development of our planet. Without this necessary interplay, the great questions of humanity leave the domain of reason and truth, and are abandoned to the irrational, to myth, or to indifference, with great damage to humanity itself, to world peace and to our ultimate destiny.
Dear friends, as I conclude these reflections, I would like to draw your attention to the Year of Faith which the Church is celebrating in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. In thanking you for the Academy’s specific contribution to strengthening the relationship between reason and faith, I assure you of my close interest in your activities and my prayers for you and your families. Upon all of you I invoke Almighty God’s blessings of wisdom, joy and peace.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INNOVATION, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTSource: http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/books-and-journals/2011/en_GB/Entrepreneurship-Innovation/ Entrepreneurship and innovation are two of the most pervasive concepts of our times, yet there are still gaps in our understanding of the interactions between entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly in developing countries. This book is an attempt to fill this gap. It focuses on the entrepreneurshipinnovation-development nexus, drawing heavily on empirical evidence from developing countries. Crosscountry and individual country experiences cover nations as diverse as Ethiopia, India, Turkey, Vietnam, and also examine lessons from advanced economies such as Finland. Three sets of questions are addressed. What is the impact of entrepreneurship and innovation on growth and development? What determines the innovative performance of entrepreneurs in developing countries? What role does the institutional environment play in shaping the extent and impact of innovative activities? A key message is that entrepreneurial innovation, whether through small firms, large national firms, or multinational firms, is often vibrant in developing countries, but does not always realise its full potential. This is due to institutional constraints, the absence of the appropriate mix of different types of small and large and domestic and foreign firms, and insufficiently developed firm capabilities. The contributions provide a better understanding of the determinants and impacts of innovation in developing countries and the policies and institutions that support or hinder innovation.
„There are three general lessons from our book. First, the impact of innovation is important across countries and institutional contexts. Entrepreneurs in developing countries provide innovations that are important for firm and country growth. Innovation can play an important role in catch-up and growth in a global economy. This is so first and foremost through the varied innovations of local entrepreneurs, but also through the role of entrepreneurs in advanced countries where innovations are generated and applied in developing country context.
Second, large and small firms can be equally innovative, but in different ways. Strong emphasis is in this book on small and medium enterprises as these predominate in developing (and many advanced) countries but which also face particular constraints to innovation. Often such small firms contribute to growth, but not optimally, since they lack innovativeness. Here, characteristics of the entrepreneur (education, age, experience, networks), the region (location), and the sector (technological intensity) were identified to be important determinants of innovation.
Third, the policy and institutional environment is an important determinant of entrepreneurs’ innovative behaviour. Governments need to support innovation directly and indirectly. This can take many forms—from reform of the environment for doing business, to providing venture capital, to tapping into migrant workers and diasporas, provision of technical and managerial education, infrastructure, and state– private sector partnerships. Sometimes, even an adverse environment can spur innovative behaviour, and entrepreneurs may become the drivers of policy and institutional change.” Publisher: Oxford University Press Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics Title: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development Authors: Edited by Adam Szirmai, Wim Naudé, and Micheline Goedhuys Publication date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780199596515
MEB 2013 is an international conference to provide a forum for presentations and discussions of scientific, economic and business areas. This year we would like to focus on the management, development and competitiveness of small and medium enterprises.
TOPICS within the scope of the conference will include:
Theoretical studies, modelling and adaptive approaches;
Analizing measure, structure and organizational param eteres;
Examining the connection between marketing methods and benchmarking;
Management and competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises
REGISTRATIONProspective participants are kindly asked to fill in the online registration form which can be found on the website.
SUBMISSION OF PAPERSAuthors are asked to submit electronically a full paper by e-mail.
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