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Today is the International Coffee Day!
 
Idag, 29. september feires den internasjonale kaffedagen Vi feirer med (mer enn ett) velsmakende kaffestykke. Gratulerer med dagen kaffe elskere!
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Had some luck with a new post on Innovation Norway's innovation policy blog.

I wrote about "8 innovation policy myths". I am afraid the post is in Norwegian, but here is a summary of the eight myths:

1. Innovation is the same as research
2. Innovation is the same as entrepreneurship
3. Innovation in the public sector is a contradiction in terms
4. The effects of innovation can be reduced to direct company profits 
5. Innovations are things
6. An innovation is not an innovation until it has reached the market
7. All innovation is good innovation
8. Countries compete

Here is a rough Google translation:
http://bit.ly/1dQwJhi
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EU-kommisjonen har lagt frem en ny utgave av Innovation Union Scoreboard. Norge ligger på 17. plass, hvilket skulle bety at landet er en middelmådig nasjon når det gjelder nyskaping.

Det er bare ett problem med det hele: Norsk næringsliv hører til det mest produktive i verden, og det kan ikke oppnå denne formen for produktivitet uten innovasjon --MYE innovasjon.

EUs komposittindikator er misvisende og fanger ikke opp særtrekkene ved det norske innovasjonsystemet.

Jeg har skrevet en bloggpost over på Innovasjon Norges innovasjonspolitiske blogg som forklarer svakhetene ved rankingen.
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Policy makers in the West often believe that the test scores of pupils and students in TIMMS and PISA says something about future wealth creation.

New research shows that there is no correlation between these tests scores on the one hand and innovation and economic growth on the other for the rich, industrialized countries. 

I would argue that these policy makers mix the terms knowledge and competence. Companies need people who have the ability to learn and adapt to a changing environment. Knowing how to score well on  tests in school is a different skill altogether.

In other words: There are cultural factors that count more than factual knowledge when developing innovation competences.

Moreover, from the discussion of the Nordic Model and Nordic economic success, we see that there are other framework conditions that contribute to innovation and wealth creation, such as a stable socio-economic environment, trust in public institutions and social welfare.

I have written a blog post on this topic for Innovation Norway's innovation policy blog:

http://innovasjonsbloggen.com/2013/01/11/kunnskap-er-ikke-det-samme-som-kompetanse/

The blog post is in Norwegian, but the New Scientist article I refer to can be found below. 
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It seems climate change is inevitable. The EU looks at ways of coping.
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I have put up a short summary of the OECD STIG London workshops on the governance of international science, technology and innovation collaboration for global challenges.

The summary of the Imperial College workshop should be of interest to anyone struggling with establishing international consortia or organisations for such cooperation.
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The Norwegian comedy duo Ylivs has a world wide smash hit with wonderfully ironic  Fox video. (Ylvis - The Fox [Official music video HD] )

Nevertheless, I think their praise to Stonehenge is even better.
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I have helped a good friend, Lars Swanstrøm, setting up a web site for the law firm he is working for.

The point was to generate a low cost web site as quickly as possible. Low cost means low maintenance, so we chose to use Wordpress.com for this purpose.

Search engine optimization wise a "brochure"  site like this one will not rank very well. I have therefore asked him to write a few informative blog posts on topics relevant to people searching for such services. 

We published the first post of this kind today, a post on requirements for getting public support.
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Demands Telecommuters Report To The Office http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/23/yahoo-working-remote_n_2750698.html
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I have posted photos from a wonderful trip my wife Susanne, our friend Tore and I had to Argentina.

For freezing Norwegians the December summer of Argentina comes as a great relief.  Buenos Aires is a fascinating city, and seeing the Pampas and the fascinating water city Tigre has given us memories for life.

And yes, taking a trip over to Colonia in Uruguay takes only an hour. 
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I had the pleasure of meeting Canadian expert Daryl Copeland for the second time at the Imperial College in London last week. We had a workshop on the governance of research and innovation for global challenges. He made an interesting argument about the need for the active use of social media to generate interest and support in the need for more science and innovation for solving the urgent problems of the day.
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Special Adviser at Innovation Norway
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  • Innovation Norway
    Special Adviser, 2012 - present
  • Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research
    Head of the Science Policy Project, 2009 - 2013
  • Pandia
    Editor, 1998 - 2013
  • NIFU STEP
    Deputy Director, 2003 - 2006
  • Ministry of Education and Research, Norway
    Senior Adviser, 1991 - 2000
  • STEP
    Director and Senior Researcher, 2000 - 2003
  • Norwegian Patent Office
  • The Research Council of Norway
    Director for Sttrategy and Knowledge Base, 2006 - 2009
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Professional interests: Research and innovation policy development, learning and innovation in companies and organisations, search engines and social media.

I have a background as researcher in the area of research and innovation policy studies.

I am currently working as Head of The Science Policy Project in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. I am Chair of the OECD steering group on governance of science and technology for global challenges (STIG), and have previously taken part in studies for the European Commission.

I am co-owner and co-editor of Pandia.com, a site covering  search engines, search engine marketing  and the social web .
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