Bror Salmelin, Ralph Dum, Roland Strauss & Emi Hubavenska

Biography Bror Salmelin, Ralph Dum, Roland Strauss & Emi Hubavenska

Bror Salmelin (in the back) is the adviser for Innovation Systems at the European Commission, Directorate General for Communications, Network, content, and Technology (DG CONNECT) where he is responsible for Open innovation and Modern innovation systems. He currently managing the activities of the  Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG), an industry-led group advising on strategic priorities for open and service innovation. As a head of unit he developed the concept of European Network of Living Labs, which is grown through EU presidencies to a 150+ sites innovation network for ICT intense services. Previously, He held the position of Deputy of the ICT Section in Technology Development Centre and served as the Finnish representative at ESPRIT/IST programme of the EU. Bror Salmelin is a member of New Club of Paris, Member of the Advisory Board for Innovation Value Institute, Ireland. He has an expertise in intangible economy and value creation, related to policies like innovation policy, productivity and creativity in particular focused on new service innovation. More info can be found on the his website and his LinkedIn page.

Ralph Dum (on the right) is scientific officer and senior expert of the European Commission. He has a background in physics (quantum physics, complex systems), and focuses on financial instrument modelling (option pricing – derivative securities) and planning and supervising research programmes – quantum computing, complex systems, policy modelling (global systems science). Moreover, he work includes international relations and science policy. He is esthablishing links between science and policy: How science can help policy decision (financial crisis, climate change, urbanism…). Finally, he connecting IT and Art: arts as a catalyst of innovation. More info can be found on his LinkedIn page.

Roland Strauss (on the left) is co-founder and CEO Knowledge4Innovation: the platform that brings together innovation leaders from the private, public and academic sectors. Moreover, he is managing partner IncubatorEurope, during which he created an innovative full service public affairs business, transforming the way stakeholders engage with the EU. And he is editor EU funding trends: a news and events portal as well as a weekly newsletter. Roland is thought leader on the future of innovation in Europe. His main areas of expertise are at the intersection of science, technology, research, Innovation, Internet economy and EU policies and funding programmes. More info can be found on his LinkedIn page.

Emi Hubavenska (in the middle) is information and communication assistant, DG CONNECT, Innovation Systems at European Commission. She is working in an international environment, passionate about topics related to innovation, entrepreneurship, ICT and Social Media. She has been working in the private and in the public sector, covering the fields of the corporate and consultative PR, political communications, and institutional PR. In the last four years I have been mainly involved in Social Media Community Management. Her fields of expertise are social media, public relations and communications. More info can be found on her LinkedIn page.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Monday June 8, 2015 at the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2015 in Espoo, Finland.

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.


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