Category Innovation

Birmingham’s Carbon Road Map – launched – Well done Birmingham City Council

I haven’t got time to do a full review,  but as it is a very important document for the City and it has  come out today I have literally skim read it. (Download it here) It does look very promising. Whilst it is good to look at, ie  up to coffee table standard it is […]

Smart Smart Smart Cities

I had the pleasure last week of attending the EU Open Days event in Brussels; four days where cities and regions present the latest on how they are investing EU monies to deliver on the EU 2020 objectives of Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Growth. It may be me but I felt that there was really […]

Smart Specialisation Event

Just a short post. This event being held in Belfast looks like a very interesting one day conference on smart specialisation. It might be a good place for LEPs aspiring to major on innovation to attend

What is Smart Specialisation when it is at home?

Many LEPs across the country are waking up to this new European term as with the responsibility being given them to spend EU structural funds from 2014-2020 comes a new approach to targetting resources to be spent on innovation. The term Smart Specialisation is an approach to developing Regional Innovation Strategies which whilst not compulsory […]

Birmingham Made Me; Opening speech by Albert Bore and Overview of the Launch event @ideabirmingham

Yesterday was the opening of Birmingham Made Me Expo and Design Festival. The two key note speakers were John Cridland Director General from the CBI and Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council. John Cridland focussed on the importance of regenerating local areas. He mentioned Birmingham’s impressive progress and gave enthusiastic support for the Greater […]

Birmingham Made Me Opens

Today the 2nd Birmingham Made Me Expo and Design Festival launches. A really interesting programme and it seems that, going on the website, there may be tickets left for some of the events. Well worth attending, events are free and you get free entry into Thinktank as well. Today we will hear key note speakers […]

‘Cross Innovation’ in Birmingham: how can the creative industries stimulate innovation #xinnovate

The Cross Innovation project is holding a workshop tomorrow in Birmingham to look at how we can use our real strengths in the creative and digital sectors to push start innovation in Birmingham’s wider economy. We have invited a range of policy makers, academics, creative firms and funders to get beneath the skin of the issue. […]

Social Innovation and Young People in Birmingham: A New Project

  launching speeches May 23rd 2013 and Aston University are launching later this week an EU funded project looking at Social Innovation and Young people. The project titled Citispyce – will be seeking out innovative social practices (sometimes led by young people) across Europe and will also be looking at how such approaches can help […]

Linking Creative Businesses to the wider economy: The Serendipidity Machine

Amsterdam academic Sebastian Olma  is over in Birmingham next month to speak at the Birmingham Made Me festival (details here). Sebastian is an international scholar and expert working at the interface between creativity and business and  has a track record in connecting governments, companies and organizations to the innovative potential of social networks. He advises several […]

Birmingham Made Me – Dont Miss this

Birmingham’s second Design Expo is coming up next month and I wanted to post a short piece on it as it looks really good. The event over 16 days hosted largely in Millennium Point covers a lot of interesting ground; taking Design in its widest sense. It’s programme can be seen on its website (here). […]



Birmingham Smart City

A place to share ideas and developments for a Smarter Birmingham

Birmingham Pivot

Focussing on the future direction of the City and surrounding areas

The Long Gallery

Fine Art : Photography : Designer-Maker Furniture

george sarlis

| politics | europe | cities |

Ingrid NAPPI

Professeur-Chercheur, Conférencière, Consultante


Policy Politics Place


columns, dromen, schetsen, ideeën, beelden

Service Safari

Adventures in our service economy...

The Enlightened Economist

Urbanism, Smart Cities, Innovation, Climate Change, Creativity and National and European Policy


Urbanism, Smart Cities, Innovation, Climate Change, Creativity and National and European Policy


European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Paul4innovating's Innovation Views

Building the Innovation DNA

Early Warning

Urbanism, Smart Cities, Innovation, Climate Change, Creativity and National and European Policy

URBACT The blog

Urbanism, Smart Cities, Innovation, Climate Change, Creativity and National and European Policy

The Data Mine

Transforming Information into Knowledge