2017/01/31

«Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) launched to prevent epidemics with new vaccines»



Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) @CEPIvaccines. Media release, Davos 18 Jan 2017.



«A global coalition to create new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases, designed to help give the world an insurance policy against epidemics, launches today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

»With an initial investment of US$460m from the governments of Germany, Japan and Norway, plus the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, CEPI - the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations will seek to outsmart epidemics by developing safe and effective vaccines against known infectious disease threats that could be deployed rapidly to contain outbreaks, before they become global health emergencies.

»CEPI also hopes to shorten the time it takes to develop new vaccines to protect against viruses that emerge suddenly as public health threats, as Zika did recently, by capitalising on exciting developments in adaptable vaccine technology and investing in facilities that could respond quickly to previously unknown pathogens.

»Today’s financial commitments mean that CEPI has raised almost half of the $1bn it needs for its first five years, and it is now calling for proposals from researchers and companies around the world to support the development of vaccines against its first target diseases.

»CEPI will initially target the MERS-CoV, Lassa and Nipah viruses, which have known potential to cause serious epidemics. It aims to develop two promising vaccine candidates against each of these diseases before any epidemic, so these are available without delay if and when an outbreak begins. CEPI will also scope out potential support for vaccines against multiple strains of the Ebola and Marburg viruses, and Zika.

»To achieve all these goals, CEPI will need significant additional investment, and the initial CEPI funders are calling today for other governments and philanthropic organisations to join them in helping to protect the world against future epidemics. CEPI is looking to complete its fundraising by the end of 2017.

»Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, said: “Just over a year ago 193 states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals – the roadmap for the future we want. Epidemics threaten that future. They can ruin societies on a scale only matched by wars and natural disasters. They respect no borders and don’t care if we are rich or poor. Protecting the vulnerable is protecting ourselves. This is why we all must work together to be better prepared – and why my Government is fully committed to ensure that CEPI achieves its mission.”

»Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “Ebola and Zika showed that the world is tragically unprepared to detect local outbreaks and respond quickly enough to prevent them from becoming global pandemics. Without investments in research and development, we will remain unequipped when we face the next threat.

»“The ability to rapidly develop and deliver vaccines when new ‘unknown’ diseases emerge offers our best hope to outpace outbreaks, save lives and avert disastrous economic consequences. CEPI is a great example of how supporting innovation and R&D can help the world to address some of its most pressing health challenges.”

»Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “We know from Ebola, Zika and SARS that epidemics are among the significant threats we face to life, health and prosperity. Vaccines can protect us, but we’ve done too little to develop them as an insurance policy. CEPI is our chance to learn the lessons of recent tragedies, and outsmart epidemics with new vaccine defences. If others join us in supporting CEPI, we can realise our goal of creating a safer world.”

CEPI is an innovative partnership between public, private, philanthropic and civil organisations. It was founded by the governments of India and Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and the World Economic Forum. Other partners include multinational pharmaceutical corporations, the World Health Organization and NGOs.

»CEPI is a direct response to calls from four independent expert reports into the Ebola epidemic for a new system for stimulating the development of vaccines against epidemic threats. It was founded by the governments of India and Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and the World Economic Forum, which has played a key convening role, bringing together stakeholders at the 2016 Davos meeting and other events.

»CEPI is also backed by major pharmaceutical corporations, the World Health Organization and Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders, as well as philanthropies and leading academic vaccine research groups.

»The Government of India is currently finalising the level of a significant funding commitment to CEPI. In addition to financing for vaccine development that will be available through CEPI’s pooled fund, the European Commission will contribute to CEPI's objectives and plans to co-fund actions with CEPI, such as through the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).


»Who is involved

»CEPI is an innovative partnership between public, private, philanthropic and civil organisations. It was founded by the governments of India and Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and the World Economic Forum. Other partners include multinational pharmaceutical corporations, the World Health Organization and NGOs.

»CEPI is supported by several leading pharmaceutical companies with strength in vaccines – GSK, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Sanofi and Takeda, plus the Biotechnology Innovation Organisation. CEPI will draw on this deep expertise in vaccine research and development to its efforts. Companies have been developing different models to respond to CEPI’s forthcoming request for proposal, for example providing scientific expertise and vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities.


»Financial contributions

»The Norwegian Government are preparing for an investment of NOK 1Billion (currently around $120m) for the initial 5 year period.

»The Government of Japan will invest around $25m a year, equivalent to $125M in 5 years.

»The Federal Government of Germany has announced an initial commitment of €10m (around $10.6m) in 2017, and is planning to allocate additional funds over 5 years.

»Wellcome and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will each invest $100m over 5 years.

»The Government of India is one of the founders of CEPI and is currently finalizing the level of a significant funding commitment.

»The European Commission will also contribute to CEPI's objectives and plans to co-fund actions with CEPI, such as through the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).»





Innovation and discourses

2017/01/30

Newsletter L&I, n.º 133 (2017-01-30)




n.º 133 (2017-01-30)

TAG: # onde está a inovação? # dónde está la innovación? # où est l’innovation ? # where is the innovation?
L&I Media
L&I Scholar
L&I Blog



Index


TAG: # onde está a inovação? # dónde está la innovación? # où est l’innovation ? # where is the innovation?


Liderar Inovando BR
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«Diretor do Cemaden reforça importância do intercâmbio internacional em encontro com pesquisadores peruanos» [link]

«Regulação econômica. Carta ao Leitor» [link]

«Livro reúne histórias de inovação na agricultura brasileira» [link]

«Organizações firmam pacto pela restauração florestal na Amazônia Brasileira». Aliança pela Restauração na Amazônia [@CIBrasil] [link]



Liderar Inovando PT
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«Mercadona vai abrir o seu primeiro Centro de Coinovação em Portugal» [link]

«Alto Minho ganha “Escola do Futuro”» [link]

«LabX, um Laboratório de Experimentação da Administração Pública» [link]

«Bial e AICEP assinam contrato de investimento até 2018» [link]a>



Liderar Innovando ES
Discursos e innovación | Ideas e innovación | Inventos e innovación | Recursos e innovación

«El Gobierno del Estado de Sonora presenta el proyecto Ecosistema de Innovación» [link]

Víctor de Ávila, @Sacyr_noticias: «No solo innova la gente de I+D» [link]

«Con gran concurrencia vivimos una nueva edición del Digital Summit» [link]

«Solo el 20% de las innovaciones alimentarias sobreviven más de un año, por falta de presupuesto para marketing y publicidad, principalmente». Reportaje de Gema Boiza [link]



Mener avec Innovation FR
Discourses et innovation | Idées et innovation | Inventions et innovation | Ressources et innovation

«Les métiers de demain» [link]

«Le CNRS partenaire des Journées nationales de l'innovation en santé» [link]

«Il est grand temps de s’engager dans l’innovation !» [link]

«Bienvenue à Midinnov, les rencontres pour innover en Occitanie !» [link]



Leadership & Innovation EN
Discourses and innovation | Ideas and innovation | Inventions and innovation | Resources and innovation

«New Name Reflects Henry Ford Museum’s Commitment to Inspire Tomorrow’s Leaders Today» [link]

«Online traffic data tool shows public benefit of internet of things» [link]

Vittorio Loreto, Vito D. P. Servedio, Steven H. Strogatz and Francesca Tria: «Dynamics on expanding spaces: modeling the emergence of novelties» [link]

«World Food Programme And Singularity University Launch Global Impact Challenge. Moonshot Solutions Sought To End Hunger» [link]




Liderar Inovando BR Liderar Inovando PT Liderar Innovando ES
Mener avec Innovation FR Leadership & Innovation EN


L&I Media


«Os jovens brasileiros premiados nos EUA por soluções para problemas sociais», João Fellet, @BBC [link]

«Empresas que moldarão o futuro possivelmente ainda não estão criadas», João Vasconcelos via @noticiaaominuto [link]

«Así funciona la mente de los CEO más innovadores del mundo», @elpaisuy [link]

«Christian Monjou: “Les Entreprises Qui Ne Profitent Pas Des Femmes Se Mettent En Danger”», @FemmesEco, @forbes [link]

«Innovation & Impact Summit 2017: programme details announced», @elliebothwell, @timeshighered [link]



L&I Scholar


«Em 2017, você irá liderar ou educar?», Eduardo Shinyashiki, @JorEconomia [link]

«Cambão na era dos robots», José Corrêa Guedes, @observadorpt [link]

«Innovación y creatividad en el liderazgo empresarial», @CegosUniversity [link]

«Enquête: Enphase / AP Systems : le leader et l’outsider du marché mondial des micro-onduleurs», @AndreJoffre2, @actupv [link]

«Assessing public leadership styles for innovation: a comparison of Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Barcelona», Ricard, Klijn, Lewis & Ysa, @tandfnewsroom [link]



L&I Blog


«IT Leaders 2016: os sinais que este é o fim da TI que você conhecia», Silvia Bassi, @computerworldbr [link]

«Keep Calm and Stay Focused», Pedro Rocha Vieira, @dinheiro_vivo [link]

«Aprendiendo a trabajar de forma diferente», Ignacio Garralda, @la_Mutua [link]

«IoT : La France peut-elle échapper au leadership d’Amazon, Google ou Microsoft?», @rflechaux, @frsilicon [link]

«Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang’s Top Six Leadership Tips», @FastCompany [link]





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The Tasmanian agtech iot start-up The Yield (@theyield) wins global AgFunder (@AgFunder) innovation award – Peter Gutierrez @IoTHubANZ








Innovation Strategy: 4 Key Tactics of Top Growth Companies – Dave Power (Perkins School for the Blind) @HarvardContEd








A Conversation with Fortinet CEO, Ken Xie: «While every member of a team plays a valuable role, they need to work as a whole to be successful»








2017/01/27

«World Food Programme And Singularity University Launch Global Impact Challenge. Moonshot Solutions Sought To End Hunger»



World Food Programme @WFP



«The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is joining forces with Singularity University (SU) to launch a Global Impact Challenge – a call for radical innovations in the fight to end hunger by 2030.

»In the words of WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, “To achieve a world without hunger — the greatest goal of our generation — we must unleash the power of technology and the data revolution for good. Through bold innovation and collaboration we can overcome the persistent challenges that today keep generations locked in hunger and poverty.”

»WFP and SU are seeking bold new ways to provide access to local and nutritious food for the most vulnerable people in emergencies. Applicants are being asked to design a solution that can be rapidly deployed when a crisis breaks out. It should provide a sustainable source of nutritious food as quickly as possible – something that can be rolled out fast and at modest cost. And the proposed solution must enable vulnerable families to support their own household food needs, reducing their dependence on external assistance.

To achieve a world without hunger — the greatest goal of our generation — we must unleash the power of technology and the data revolution for good.

»Shortlisted winners will be invited to a bootcamp at the WFP Innovation Accelerator in Munich to develop their ideas using lean-startup and human-centred design, aided by WFP’s field expertise. One team will be selected to continue on to SU’s nine-week Global Solutions Program in Silicon Valley, where they will have access to a world-class faculty, mentors and technology labs, and the opportunity to collaborate with other companies and/or transition their solution into a viable company within SU Labs. WFP will also evaluate innovators with high impact for participation in its Innovation Accelerator Sprint Programme, which provides support and funding for a pilot.

» “We are very honoured to have developed this new partnership with the WFP, which will bring a powerful network of innovative entrepreneurs and moonshot thinkers together with the most knowledgeable experts in the field of food. Together, we will realize abundant food production and distribution for all,” said Co-founder and Chairman of SU, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis.”

»This call for solutions is open to anybody, anywhere: entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, students, and passionate members of the public. It stems from a synthesis between what SU calls “exponential thinking,” rooted in Silicon Valley, and WFP’s globally-minded, specific expertise. This challenge offers creative, public-spirited individuals around the world a chance to take their ideas from inspiration to implementation.

»The Global Impact Challenge is open for applications from 18 January to 10 March, 2017. WFP and SU are seeking a global cohort of innovators from diverse backgrounds and geographies. Solutions can range from concept idea to fully implemented innovation. Apply directly online at:

»http://on.su.org/foodgic»





Innovation and resources

2017/01/26

Vittorio Loreto, Vito D. P. Servedio, Steven H. Strogatz and Francesca Tria; «Dynamics on expanding spaces: modeling the emergence of novelties»



Creativity and Universality in Language, Springer International Publishing, 2016. Ebook. Image from Francesca Tria. Read more: La matematica dell’innovazione (Wired IT @wireditalia); Las matemáticas encuentran al fin el modelo que explica cómo nace la innovación (MIT Technology Review, edición en español @techreview_es); Mathematical Model Reveals the Patterns of How Innovations Arise (MIT Technology Review @techreview)



«Abstract

»Novelties are part of our daily lives. We constantly adopt new technologies, conceive new ideas, meet new people, experiment with new situations. Occasionally, we as individuals, in a complicated cognitive and sometimes fortuitous process, come up with something that is not only new to us, but to our entire society so that what is a personal novelty can turn into an innovation at a global level.

»Innovations occur throughout social, biological and technological systems and, though we perceive them as a very natural ingredient of our human experience, little is known about the processes determining their emergence. Still the statistical occurrence of innovations shows striking regularities that represent a starting point to get a deeper insight in the whole phenomenology.

»This paper represents a small step in that direction, focusing on reviewing the scientific attempts to effectively model the emergence of the new and its regularities, with an emphasis on more recent contributions: from the plain Simon’s model tracing back to the 1950s, to the newest model of Polya’s urn with triggering of one novelty by another.

»What seems to be key in the successful modelling schemes proposed so far is the idea of looking at evolution as a path in a complex space, physical, conceptual, biological, technological, whose structure and topology get continuously reshaped and expanded by the occurrence of the new.

»Mathematically it is very interesting to look at the consequences of the interplay between the “actual” and the “possible” and this is the aim of this short review.


What seems to be key in the successful modelling schemes proposed so far is the idea of looking at evolution as a path in a complex space, physical, conceptual, biological, technological, whose structure and topology get continuously reshaped and expanded by the occurrence of the new. Mathematically it is very interesting to look at the consequences of the interplay between the “actual” and the “possible” and this is the aim of this short review.

»Conclusions

»The processes leading to the emergence of novelties and innovations are mostly unknown. Still, the observation of statistical regularities displayed by the occurrence of new events is key to chart the unknown territories that describe the space of possibilities for societies, biological systems and technology. In this short and far from exhaustive review, we made an attempt to draw a path through the attempts recently made to model, with tools borrowed from the theory of complex systems, the emergence of novelties and innovations.

»To this end we considered a strip of the most renowned models, proposed in almost a century of studies. Some models were historically treated without the explicit aim of modeling the occurrence of novelties and innovations. For example, the model of Simon (see Section 2) was conceived to reproduce the frequency distribution words display in texts and in fact in Simon’s model the rate of novelty creation is constant, while in many real systems, including texts, it decreases in time with a power-law behavior.

»Nevertheless, in light of the results of the new model of Polya’s urn with triggering (Section 5), Simon’s model turns out to be correctly describing a case in which the space of possibilities grows at a fast pace (ν > ρ). By ad-hoc inserting a sub-linear rate of inventions in Simon’s model, Zanette and Montemurro [21] obtained a satisfactory description of both the frequency distribution of words in texts and the rate of occurrence of new words. Of course the latter is a trivial consequence of having imposed the correct rate deus ex machina.

»Simon’s model can be considered a milestone for all models based on the construction of a stream of tokens (e.g., those models involving memory effects, non-linear preferential attachment, etc.) and its limited ability in reproducing real data has been perfected with the idea of using Polya’s urns. Polya’s urns are well known to mathematicians who developed a multitude of techniques to cope with them, for instance looking at urns containing balls with a finite number of colors, i.e., with a finite space, and nontrivial transition probabilities.

»One step forward is that of introducing a simple way to enlarge the space of possibilities. To this end, the Hoppe-Polya model (Section 4) already represents a good solution, though the rate of occurrence of innovations is still too low and far from the actually observed values in many systems of interest. Finally, the model of Polya’s urn with innovation triggering (Section 5), formalizing the notion of adjacent possible envisioned by S. Kauffman, presents for the first time a satisfactory first-principle based way of reproducing empirical observations.

»Not only both Heaps’ and Zipf’s laws of real case situations are reproduced, but also the classical model of Simon is retrieved in the limit of fast growth of the space. In a somewhat humorously self-referring sense, each proposed model has been in the adjacent possible of the models prior to it. But of course this is only an a posteriori consideration. Nobody knows what the adjacent possible space looks like and even conceptually it is not clear which tools one could possibly adopt to chart it.

»From this perspective we hope that the recent stream of investigations connected to the Polya’s urn presented in Section 5, by providing the first quantitative characterization of the dynamics of correlated novelties, could be a starting point for a deeper understanding of the different nature of triggering events (timeliness, scales, spreading, individual vs. collective properties) along with the signatures of the adjacent possible at the individual and collective level, its structure and its restructuring under individual innovative events.»





Innovation and inventions

2017/01/25

«Online traffic data tool shows public benefit of internet of things»



Jack Karsten @jtkarsten and Darrell M. West @DarrWest. The Brookings Institution @BrookingsInst. TechTank



«Perhaps the greatest promise of the internet of things is the insights to be gained from a flood of data provided by ubiquitous, wirelessly connected sensors. On January 9, this promise came closer to reality when Uber announced the launch of a new website that will display traffic data in the cities where it operates. The new website, Uber Movement, will display traffic volumes in different city zones based on anonymized data from Uber drivers’ smartphone applications.

»This website aims to make urban transportation more efficient by providing current data on traffic patterns. Ultimately, this practice could expand beyond the transportation sector and lead to both greater private sector data sharing along with greater data-driven policymaking.



»MOST VALUABLE ASSET

»Since drivers own their vehicles, the most valuable resource that rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft own might be the data that each ride generates. This information feeds algorithms that pair drivers with riders and also price rides to match supply and demand.

»The business model built around this data has led to multibillion-dollar valuations for Uber and Lyft. Given the value of this data, Uber was reluctant to make this data publically available until now. Uber has an interest in improving transportation infrastructure where it operates. The data sharing may also assuage city regulators who have demanded data in exchange for permitting Uber to operate.

Perhaps the greatest promise of the internet of things is the insights to be gained from a flood of data provided by ubiquitous, wirelessly connected sensors. On January 9, this promise came closer to reality when Uber announced the launch of a new website that will display traffic data in the cities where it operates.

»Cities have a keen interest in the traffic data that Uber generates: traffic management is a pressing issue in cities with populations growing faster than their roadways can handle. However, building additional roads is an expensive and lengthy endeavor, and evidence suggests that expanding roads does not decrease congestion.

»Directing vehicle traffic more efficiently can reduce congestion in cities, but many traffic lights do not respond dynamically to changes in traffic volumes. Installing sensors to provide instantaneous traffic data remains costly, but in the meantime, cities could partner with businesses like rideshare companies that already collect this information.



»PRIVATE DATA, PUBLIC INTEREST

»Users of rideshare apps must agree to allow these companies to use their location data, which they need to dispatch drivers. However, using this data outside of this context presents some privacy concerns for both drivers and riders. While these groups might consent to a rideshare company using their location data to provide a service, they might not consent to government using their location data.

»To allay these concerns, Uber Movement aggregates traffic data into zones, and no data is provided for zones without a sufficient number of trips to make the data truly anonymous. If cities can demonstrate how anonymized location data can reduce traffic congestion, consumers and companies may be more willing to share their data for their mutual benefit. Like Uber, cities have the opportunity to use existing sensor data from smartphones to improve transportation services.

»Reaping the full benefits of the internet of things will require novel agreements between the private sector companies that collect data and public sector agencies that can use it shape policy.

»However, this data sharing must also include the customer. Publishing aggregate data on a website for everyone to see is one way to ensure that customers know exactly how their data is being used in a public sector context.

»There are certainly some privacy concerns with making this data public, but as long as steps are taken to remove any identifying information, personal data can serve the public interest.

»Furthermore, relieving traffic congestion is only the beginning of using sensor data to solve policy issues. While more data cannot solve every problem, greater availability can lead to more precise policy solutions.»





Innovation and ideas

2017/01/24

«New Name Reflects Henry Ford Museum’s Commitment to Inspire Tomorrow’s Leaders Today»



The Henry Ford @thehenryford



«Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation extension reinforces institution’s mission.

»The Henry Ford is proud to announce it will be changing the name of Henry Ford Museum to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation beginning today, January 23, 2017.

»While the name of the overall destination remains The Henry Ford, the organization is extending Henry Ford Museum’s name to better convey the core idea of innovation that threads throughout its key collection.

»“Henry Ford Museum has always been about ideas and innovations that changed the world,” said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. “We believe adding the word innovation to the museum’s name better serves our visitors as it clearly defines the museum’s focus.”

»As part of this announcement, The Henry Ford will strengthen its commitment to bringing the past forward in an effort to inspire future innovators today through new partnerships with national educational organizations and the continuation of the Emmy®-winning television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation [#InnovationNation @CBSInnovationTV]. Now in its third season with more than 71.5 million national viewers and syndication around the globe, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation was renewed for two more seasons.

»Using its unparalleled collection, The Henry Ford will be collaborating in 2017 with world education leader Pearson in the development of innovation courses to foster problem-solving, creativity and innovation in students grades 6th-8th. The cultural destination is also partnering with the STEMIE Coalition on bringing the national Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo to Michigan beginning 2017-2018. Invention Convention is an initiative designed to elevate K-12 invention and entrepreneurship education to a national level.


The Henry Ford will strengthen its commitment to bringing the past forward in an effort to inspire future innovators today.

»About The Henry Ford

»The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized history destination that explores the American experience of innovation, resourcefulness and ingenuity that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators.

»Nearly 1.8 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access.

»The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates over 500 students a year on the institution’s campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this Emmy®-winning weekly half-hour show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information, please visit our website thehenryford.org





Innovation and discourses

2017/01/23

Newsletter L&I, n.º 132 (2017-01-23)




n.º 132 (2017-01-23)

TAG: # juventude e inovação # juventud e innovación # jeunesse et innovation # youth and innovation
L&I Media
L&I Scholar
L&I Blog



Index


TAG: # juventude e inovação # juventud e innovación # jeunesse et innovation # youth and innovation


Liderar Inovando BR
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«Crowdsourcing de inovação aberta e seus impactos para a inovação tecnológica do Brasil» [link]

«Universitários apostam em inovação para se destacar no mercado» [link]

«“Podemos investir o que for. Não vai nos bastar. Inovação é colaboração”, diz o chefe de tecnologia da IBM no Brasil, Luis Fernando Liguori» [link]

Notícias da Showtec 2017: «Jovens debatem agronegócio» [link]



Liderar Inovando PT
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

Sónia Sapage: «Inovação social: a nova forma de resolver problemas difíceis» [link]

«Cluster Transfronteiriço de Inovação no Desporto e Saúde (INSPORTHEALTH)» [link]

«Fundação da Juventude e Câmara do Porto lançam programa local de empreendedorismo» [link]

«‘Cidadãos do mundo’ partilham experiências» [link]



Liderar Innovando ES
Discursos e innovación | Ideas e innovación | Inventos e innovación | Recursos e innovación

«Global Game Jam, Hittco Talks Morelia y Technovation Challenge llegan a Michoacán» [link]

Kennedy Kirui: «“Cuantos más problemas tienes, más soluciones encuentras”. El presidente del espacio de innovación keniano iHub, Kennedy Kirui, cree que una de las claves del éxito es la juventud de los creadores africanos» [link]

«Zaragoza Activa acoge el proyecto internacional YUZZ para jóvenes emprendedores» [link]

«La Red de Educadores desarrollará catorce acciones en el primer semestre» [link]



Mener avec Innovation FR
Discourses et innovation | Idées et innovation | Inventions et innovation | Ressources et innovation

«Faire une place à la jeunesse» [link]

«Lancement de la 1ère édition du concoursBloom Masters» [link]

«Qu'est-ce que La France s'engage?» [link]

«MyAfricanStartup.com va publier son palmarès des 100 start-up africaines innovantes» [link]



Leadership & Innovation EN
Discourses and innovation | Ideas and innovation | Inventions and innovation | Resources and innovation

«Boston youth innovation initiative wins international award» [link]

Sahar Nasr (Egyptian Minister, International Cooperation @MOICEgypt): «Egypt’s entrepreneurs. A young population is spurring an explosion of tech-savvy startups» [link]

Mayur Ramgir (@Zonopact & @TryClintra): «How innovative teaching methods can boost learning» [link]

Tim Harford: «“Messy”: Creative Disorder And Creative Innovation» [link]




Liderar Inovando BR Liderar Inovando PT Liderar Innovando ES
Mener avec Innovation FR Leadership & Innovation EN


L&I Media


«Dono do Uber dos caminhões teve ideia rejeitada 200 vezes» #FedericoVega #CargoX [link]

«Costa, Guterres, Jamie Oliver, Matt Damon e Shakira: um encontro improvável?», @mpradoexpresso, @expresso [link]

«BitFury lanzará primer Consejo Global de Negocios Blockchain en Davos 2017», @Vale_de_Vale, @CriptoNoticias [link]

«Des leaders de l'industrie pétrochimique ouvrent une plateforme d'innovation ouverte», @IT_technologies [link]

«Irrational Innovations @irrationalinno sees potential in Nigeria to become global fintech leader», @econodaily [link]



L&I Scholar


«Mercados líderes e inovações», Perfil da Alemanha @de_deutschland [link]

«Inovações voltadas para a segurança da carne», Cargill @Cargill [link]

«Los líderes innovadores que destacan en Centroamérica», Felipe López R., @Forbes_Mexico [link]

«Le gouvernement du Canada fait la promotion de l'innovation au sein du secteur canadien de l'automobile», @CNWNews [link]

«Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change, @TheEconomist [link]



L&I Blog


«Demita os “chefes” e valorize os líderes», Federico Vega (@cargo_x), @admnews [link]

«As tendências e os congressos do jornalismo», @dqandrade, @publico [link]

«Desafíos del nuevo liderazgo», @pablojenkins, @elfinancierocr [link]

«Comment mener la danse de l'innovation?», @matmenet, @bilanmagazine [link]

«As Tech Trends Come and Go, Arc Innovation Leader Argues Bots and AI Are Here to Stay», @thenickajones, via @ktjrichards, @adweek [link]





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«Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang’s Top Six Leadership Tips», @FastCompany








«Assessing public leadership styles for innovation: a comparison of Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Barcelona», Ricard, Klijn, Lewis & Ysa, @tandfnewsroom








«Innovation & Impact Summit 2017: programme details announced», @elliebothwell, @timeshighered








2017/01/20

Tim Harford: «“Messy”: Creative Disorder And Creative Innovation»



@TimHarford. Social Europe @SocialEurope



«If the world were in perfect order, there would be no reason to work to make it better. It’s precisely disorder that often stimulates us to come up with new ideas and creative ways of doing things, as Harford, author of The Undercover Economist, shows in his refreshingly counter-intuitive look at disarray and confusion. A former World Bank economist, Oxford tutor, and now columnist for The Financial Times, Harford has gathered examples from the arts, technology, and business, and he analyzes how messiness has been essential for innovators including Brian Eno, Jeff Bezos, and the people involved in MIT’s Building 20.»





Innovation and resources

2017/01/19

Mayur Ramgir (@Zonopact & @TryClintra): «How innovative teaching methods can boost learning»



Daily Views, the @NYDailyNews’ contributor network



«High unemployment rates for U.S. youth, a rising number of uninterested learners, and inequality when it comes to access and results are challenges the education system regularly faces.

»Traditional methods have yet to make a dent, and as the years go by and generations change, the problems become more complex.

»In other words, it will take more than a few tweaks to make the educational system beneficial in the new millennium.

»One of the best ways to do that is to change how students learn, and how performance is assessed with innovative methods that today's student can appreciate and learn from.

»The youth of today is capable of more than what schools are allowing them to demonstrate, so it is high time it’s treated as an opportunity for innovation rather than speeding up progress which might not bear fruit in the long run.

»The transition is not going to be easy since states have been tasked to do more with less. However, that has proved to be an unsustainable model for educational institutes, especially today when students are more dependent on technology for learning.

»But in order for advancements to be introduced successfully, stronger incentives have to be introduced as well. Unfortunately, competition for student enrollment is resulting in exactly this kind of pressure on schools.

»One of the ways these two concepts can come together is through the bond measure, a method that creates innovative learning environments by re-thinking school designs. The ideas can provide students a thriving and fertile ground for their own ideas by providing them with flexible space that can support a range of learning styles.

»In other words, gone are the days when students had no choice but to learn whatever was put in front of them or taught in class. This innovative initiative can go a long way to help them broaden their minds and become receptive to new ideas without restrictions.

»These learning environments can foster learning and offer students a range of choices on the type of education they prefer. This is in concurrence to what is called an Opportunity Culture, and it is vastly different from traditional modes of education and school structures in most states. This concept uses age and job redesign along with technology that is suitable for young, developing minds.

»The concept also takes the teacher from the traditional “one teacher, one classroom” setup and plucks the top 25 of the best ones and places them in charge of more students.

»By successful teachers, we mean educationists who produce enough progress each year to close achievement gaps and who allowed their students to make significant progress.

»Besides increasing the reach of influential instructors, this innovative culture also opens new channels of learning for the teachers themselves.

»Most of the jobs that result from the Opportunity Culture are team-based and they also provide teachers school daytime planning and associations they need on a priority basis. In addition, this teaching culture can result in massive cost savings, which can go to paying excellent teachers the amount they are worth.

»This, in turn, can motivate them to go above and beyond the call of duty to aid their students in becoming the best version of themselves, a concept that is the complete opposite of what traditional and arcane education represented.

Many people still have this misconception that experience can be fun, but learning isn't really an experience. This thought process has been turned onto its head in this century as today's classroom has been taken out from the four walls it occupied.

»This way, teachers can become leaders in the classroom rather than just instructors while leading multi-classroom teams and aiding students in developing their individual skills.

»As leaders, they will also remain accountable for each team and each team member or student they are responsible for, besides focusing on subjects and roles in which they excel.

»Some of the versions of this learning and teaching culture also take technology into account. It has been proven time and again that digital instruction does more for today's young minds than traditional classroom-based learning. These can be used as little as an hour each day and still have a significant impact on the way teachers teach and what is retained by their students.

»It will also encourage teachers to introduce advanced subjects to receptive students and accelerate progress that way.

»A culture that nurtures innovation in the classroom can also go a long way to allow teachers to reach more students without compromising instruction or diluting quality. In fact, schools across the nation can make sure this happens in their schools by helping students focus on each and every subject without forcing them to do so.

»Besides excellent and subject specific teachers instructing them, this teaching culture to bring slower students up to speed and encourage astounding students to advance to higher levels.

»At the same time, this innovative learning culture can also empower teachers to expand their own skills and bring their enthusiasm to new roles that they think can empower their students in turn.

»However, in order for this model to remain sustainable, teachers should be given a rewards program that recognizes their efforts, and which can encourage them to remain with their schools and teach each subsequent generation of students with the same enthusiasm.

»Besides making students enjoy their lessons, this culture will also work to make teaching a more appealing profession, one which can lead to better and brighter opportunities, both professionally and financially.

»Many people still have this misconception that experience can be fun, but learning isn't really an experience. This thought process has been turned onto its head in this century as today's classroom has been taken out from the four walls it occupied.

»Students are now being encouraged to express their opinions and are taught using mediums that they are comfortable using. Rather than chaining them to individual chairs, teachers are now leading teams or think tanks that are nurturing tomorrow's leaders, rather than mindless robots who cannot think for themselves.

»This will have a major positive impact on a future that is uncertain, but one which will give to them opportunities they know they can handle.»





Innovation and inventions

2017/01/18

Sahar Nasr (Egyptian Minister, International Cooperation @MOICEgypt): «Egypt’s entrepreneurs. A young population is spurring an explosion of tech-savvy startups»



The Washington Times @WashTimes via International Council for Small Business (ICSB) @ICSB



«Egypt’s core asset and main engine of growth is its youth. Its total population of more than 92 million is characterized by a demographic youth bulge, with a young median age of 23.8 years, compared to 37.9 in United States and 46.8 in Germany.

»Tapping on these underutilized resources is critical for unleashing Egypt’s vast potential. Attaining high economic growth and creating jobs through efficient utilization of Egypt’s young human capital requires the transition from an efficiency-driven economy towards a more innovation one.

»This ambitious aim is based on strong fundamentals that currently exist in Egypt, which necessitate the political will that advances the right economic reforms, and creates a conducive environment with more efficient labor and financial markets, and more conducive frameworks — key ingredients that Egypt currently is heading toward.

»Tech-savvy entrepreneurs and their startups focus on growth potential and consider innovation as the main driver of their ventures. On the other hand, large and long-existing corporations generally focus on profitability and long-term stability, with innovation playing a less important role.

»Egypt does not only seek to attract foreign innovation-driven ventures to capture its high potential market, but it is also very keen on supporting local entrepreneurs to unleash their potential in the domestic and international markets.

Egypt does not only seek to attract foreign innovation-driven ventures to capture its high potential market, but it is also very keen on supporting local entrepreneurs to unleash their potential in the domestic and international markets.

»Based on numerous studies, an ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem fostering the growth of entrepreneurial and innovative ventures has five main pillars: access to funding, entrepreneurial culture, educational systems supporting the entrepreneurial mindset, accommodating regulatory and tax regimes, and a coordinated approach linking the public, private and voluntary sectors.

»In terms of access to funding for Egyptian startups, various venture capital funds, incubators and accelerators are already operating, and new ones are currently being established — a major step forward. Startups also acquire funding through core investors from the Egyptian public and private sectors, as well as international financial institutions, including but not limited to, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as well as the Egyptian American Enterprise Fund — major development partners that are keen to be part of the success story, believing in the key role of small and young firms in creating jobs for the young population in Egypt.

»These funds, including the Social Fund for Development’s Venture Capital Program, Sawari Ventures, Ideavelopers, Algebra, and Flat6Labs, have thrived to invest in successful high-growth startups with local and global outreach — models the international community is proud of. Other examples, include Fawry, a leading payment processesing service; the high-tech company Si-Ware; KarmSolar, a high-growth company in the solar technology sector which signed the first power purchase agreement between private companies in Egypt; Yaoota, an online price comparison platform that received $2.7 million in seed funding from an Abu Dhabi investment firm; and Instabug, a young incubator graduate startup with clients, including Yahoo, Soundcloud and PayPal, which succeeded in raising $1.7 million in follow-up funding from Silicon Valley in 2016.»





Innovation and ideas

2017/01/17

«Boston youth innovation initiative wins international award»



Kristin Toussaint (@kristindakota). MetroBoston @MetroBOS



«Young Boston residents have been developing innovative solutions to confront the challenges the city faces, and their efforts are getting recognized near and far, as far as China.

»Boston's “Youth Lead the Change” initiative was awarded the top prize by the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation in Guangzhou, China.

»Through the program, Boston's young residents submit ideas for projects aimed at improving the city in different ways. The winning ideas are funded with $1 million from the city budget.

»“We know Boston is a forward-thinking, innovative city, and I'm proud that our work has been recognized by this international award,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. “Through 'Youth Lead the Change,' we are involving our young, bright residents in local government, and empowering them to make positive changes in their neighborhoods. Congratulations to everyone involved in this initiative.”

»Boston is the first city in the U.S. to receive this award, according to the Mayor's office.

Through the program 'Youth Lead the Change,' we are involving our young, bright residents in local government, and empowering them to make positive changes in their neighborhoods.

»Boston's program was one of 301 innovation projects submitted by 171 cities in the running for the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. The award celebrates innovations in the public sector that improve “social, economic and environmental sustainability” and is presented bi-annually.

»“Youth Lead the Change” has funded 17 projects since beginning in 2014, with some of this year's including adding trash cans and recycling bins, to installing WiFi in schools and community centers.

»Countries have sent representatives to Boston to learn from this youth-engagement program, the city said. “Boston is providing a platform for young people to lead today while also making government more accessible and responsive,” Francesco Tena, manager of the Mayor's Youth Council, said in a statement. “Cities around the world are realizing that there are huge benefits to engaging young people meaningfully in local government.” The Mayor's Youth Council is soliciting ideas for how to spend this year's $1 million allotment. Visit here to add your input.»





Innovation and discourses

2017/01/16

Newsletter L&I, n.º 131 (2017-01-16)




n.º 131 (2017-01-16)

TAG: # gerontologia # gerontología # gérontologie # gerontology
L&I Media
L&I Scholar
L&I Blog



Index


TAG: # gerontologia # gerontología # gérontologie # gerontology


Liderar Inovando BR
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«Dispositivo que facilita a comunicação entre paciente e cuidador vence hackathon» [link]

«Instituto debate projeto que propõe inserir o aposentado no mercado de trabalho» [link]

Renata Valério de Mesquita: «O que você quer ser quando envelhecer?» [link]

«Estatuto do Idoso trouxe avanços, mas ainda apresenta falhas, diz fisioterapeuta» [link]



Liderar Inovando PT
Discursos e inovação | Ideias e inovação | Invenções e inovação | Recursos e inovação

«O envelhecimento e os novos desafios para uma vida com mais qualidade» [link]

«I Seminário “Bons Velhos Tempos” em Mangualde» [link]

«Modelo pioneiro em Portugal foi criado pela Comissão de Protecção ao Idoso, com sede no Porto. Provedores do idoso vão avançar em Guimarães e Amares» [link]

«Projecto leva a ciência a públicos incomuns» [link]



Liderar Innovando ES
Discursos e innovación | Ideas e innovación | Inventos e innovación | Recursos e innovación

«La I Jornada Europea de Arquitectura, Entorno y Envejecimiento analiza las necesidades actuales de la población envejecida» [link]

Laura Peraita: «La “epidemia” de la soledad pesa más en Navidad» [link]

«Claves para entender el envejecimiento en cuanto al diseño de políticas públicas» [link]

«La Atención Centrada en la Persona (ACP) supone un cambio de paradigma en Geriatría y Gerontología» [link]



Mener avec Innovation FR
Discourses et innovation | Idées et innovation | Inventions et innovation | Ressources et innovation

«La chaire en gérontologie de M. Kevin Xu a été installée à l'École de gérontologie Leonard Davis de l'Université de Californie du Sud» [link]

«Autonomie et isolement, un combat de tous les jours» [link]

«Un festival du jeu vidéo à la santé : le Noga» [link]

«Gérond’if : création du Gérontopôle d’Ile-de-France» [link]



Leadership & Innovation EN
Discourses and innovation | Ideas and innovation | Inventions and innovation | Resources and innovation

«USC scientists train the next generation of researchers» [link]

«Laughter-Based Exercise Program For Older Adults Has Health Benefits, Georgia State Researchers Find» [link]

«Designing Communities For An Aging America» [link]

Tim Mullaney: «Hospitality Innovations Cross Over to Senior Living at Cornell» [link]




Liderar Inovando BR Liderar Inovando PT Liderar Innovando ES
Mener avec Innovation FR Leadership & Innovation EN


L&I Media


Vera Ondei @VeraOndei, revista @dinheirorural: «Líderes nascidos para o agronegócio» [link]

Rosália Amorim @dinheiro_vivo: «Crescimento e inovação em 2017», @dinheiro_vivo [link]

Corresponsables @Corresponsables: «Cinco prioridades de liderazgo para 2017, según Klaus Schwab» [link]

Times of Israel, Staff: «“Ici on a moins peur de sortir de l’esprit carriériste pour innover”. Un groupe de jeunes étudiants français en commerce est venu en Israël à la rencontre des starts-ups et des centres de recherches israéliens», @timesofisrael [link]

Fast Company Staff: «The 10 Most Popular Leadership Stories Of 2016», @FastCompany [link]



L&I Scholar


Pedro Luiz Passos, conselheiro da @naturanet: «O Brasil tem base para crescer, falta liderança política e empresarial», @folha [link]

Jesús Ponce @AstraZeneca: «Processos de aprovação mais céleres garantem mais inovação a Portugal», entrevista de Cláudia Brito Marques, @jornalmedico [link]

Equipo Humannova @Humannova: «Nuevo libro. Liderazgo e innovación 2.0: herramientas para potenciar el talento en las organizaciones» [link]

Jean-Benoit Nadeau @NadeauBarlow: «Être entrepreneur en 2017: mode d’emploi», @Lactualite [link]

Katherine Graham-Leviss @XBInsight: «The 5 Skills That Innovative Leaders Have in Common», @HarvardBiz [link]



L&I Blog


Administradores, Redação: «A liderança como facilitadora na inserção das tecnologias», @admnews [link]

OBS Lab, Área de Branded Content do Observador: «Liderança e digital: Como pode um banco promovê-los para a inovação das empresas?», @santandertotta via @observadorpt [link]

Vicente Ferreyra Acosta @vicenteferreyra @Sustentur: «Reflexiones post COP 13», @sipse [link]

Sylvie Thomas @lexmark: «Comment affirmer son leadership en RSE», @EnviroMag [link]

Micah Solomon @micahsolomon: «Leadership Steps For An Innovation Culture», @Forbes [link]





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2017/01/13

Tim Mullaney: «Hospitality Innovations Cross Over to Senior Living at Cornell»



Senior Housing News and Healthsense. Photo Credit: Harald.



«Innovative providers increasingly are bridging the worlds of senior housing and hospitality, whether it’s a Ritz-Carlton approach to employee engagement or Four Seasons-style services.

»The recently inaugurated Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (CIHF) is yet another sign that the worlds of hospitality and senior living are melding, and the Institute stands to make the campus in Ithaca, New York, even more of an innovation hotbed.

»Cornell has long been famous for its School of Hotel Administration, which is collaborating with the College of Human Ecology on the Institute. Its mission is to “explore innovations across hospitality, health, and design,” as its website puts it.

»Senior Housing News spoke with a member of the Institute’s leadership team as well as one of its faculty fellows about how the CIHF came about, how it could produce top new talent for the senior living industry, and how it is promoting and producing the kind of evidence-based innovations that senior care providers are seeking.


»Educating Future Leaders

»The Institute officially was inaugurated in November, in an event that included representatives from firms such as Tulsa, Oklahoma-based provider Senior Star, architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman, and the nation’s largest operator, Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD).

»Brooke Hollis, the Institute’s associate director, himself has the cross-disciplinary expertise that the Institute is promoting. In addition to an M.B.A from Cornell’s Johnson School of Management, he holds a master of architecture and urban design degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a certificate in planning and design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. After working as an assistant hospital administrator, he moved into merger and acquisition consulting services for clients that included senior care related providers, and he says he almost opened an assisted living facility himself in Connecticut.

»The Institute is “just getting off the ground” and is scheduled to have its first advisory board meeting in May, Hollis says. It is still looking for additional advisory board members to join with current members, including leaders with the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, and health and wellness firm Delos.

»One name currently on the advisory board might jump out to senior living professionals: John Rijos. The former Brookdale COO now is an operating partner at private equity fund Chicago Pacific Founders, and he is serving on the advisory board as a representative of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).

»Rijos not only is a strong industry voice on the advisory board, but his years-long collaboration with Hollis and the hotel school helped lay the groundwork for the Institute.

»In particular, Rijos’ career trajectory from being a graduate of Cornell’s hotel school to senior living leader served as “inspiration,” Hollis says. Nearly a decade ago, he and Rijos developed a joint class between the schools of Hotel Administration and Policy Analysis & Management: “Planning and Operations of Senior Living and Related Facilities.”

»“I’m on a personal mission to convince hospitality students that senior housing and care is a career option,” he says. “In many ways, the senior housing and care business is more hospitality than health care, at least on the lower end of the continuum.”

»Now, instead of pitching students on a single class via fliers—as he has been doing—there will be an entire cross-disciplinary Institute to steer them toward. But Hollis’ message has been refined over many years of recruiting students to the Planning and Operations course.

»“I tell people: This is an incredible opportunity to do well by doing good,” he says. “There are all kinds of different ways of entering the field depending on what your interests are.”

»There are entrepreneurial opportunities, operational-minded students might become executive directors, there’s the capital markets side, or roles in corporate offices, he says. The general strategy is to make a broad pitch and then bring students together with people who inhabit different niches, whether it’s with large public companies, start-ups, developers or others.

»The Institute already has continued this approach of connecting students with a variety of professionals, in the Spring 2016 Hospitality, Health, and Design Immersion Seminar. The one credit-hour speaker series includes architects, hospital executives, real estate professionals and others. Hollis also is working on putting together a concentration so hospitality students can get more exposure to senior living and the health care system, and this type of planning could ultimately result in some dual degrees.

»The educational component is one important function of the Institute, and should build on what already has been a successful pipeline of top talent into the industry. Hotel students who have gone on to do internships with providers have proven especially energized and likely to go on in the industry, but there have also been students who have entered the real estate side and embarked on various other senior living career paths, Hollis says. These students gathered a cocktail reception earlier this year, and as the Institute gains steam, gatherings of this sort should only grow larger in the years ahead.


Senior Housing News spoke with a member of the Institute’s leadership team as well as one of its faculty fellows about how the CIHF came about, how it could produce top new talent for the senior living industry, and how it is promoting and producing the kind of evidence-based innovations that senior care providers are seeking.

»Beyond Buzzwords

»In addition to educating students, the Institute is meant to be a home for researchers who are working on this intersection of design, hospitality, and health. One such researcher is Karl Andrew Pillemer, Ph.D., a professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology and of Gerontology in Medicine at Cornell’s Weill Medical College, and one of 37 CIHF faculty fellows. These are faculty members at various Cornell colleges and departments involved in the Institute.

»“I think what’s extraordinary, what’s really cool about the center, is that it makes explicit the interconnection of three different fields, which people have talked about interconnecting but never merged in this explicit way,” he tells SHN. “One thing we know is that it’s not good enough to give lip service to these connections, you really have to create a structure where people can work together.”

»Pillemer has been on the leading edge in “translational research”—that is, translating ideas and concepts from the hospitality world into the senior living and care realm.

»Take the work he’s done in bringing a customer service approach to the senior living industry. This involved creating and testing a retention specialist program, in which senior living providers created a special position on staff to improve workers’ wellbeing and reduce turnover. The retention specialists’ role included providing support for staff members facing challenges in their personal lives, as many of them encounter challenges related to issues such as child care and transportation, Pillemer notes. The retention specialist could help arrange rides or child care, therefore taking pressure off the workers, enabling them to perform better on the job and be less likely to leave it.

»“Obviously, in assisted living, always the emphasis is rightly on the resident’s quality of life, what’s happening to the resident, a resident’s options, and so forth,” Pillemer says. “However, what a customer service approach tells us is that people were talking about resident quality of life without seeing staff as the main vehicle for how this occurs. That’s an insight that for us really came from hospitality. That’s been key to the hospitality industry probably for forty years.”

»Developing a set of evidence-based programs to improve communication among residents, staff, and family members is another of Pillemer’s projects. Currently, a yearlong study is underway to test the program in senior living settings.

»Pillemer has worked with senior living providers such as Brookdale on research projects in the past, and is impressed with the industry’s receptiveness compared with acute care and other types of providers.

»“I’ve never found a more hospitable environment for folks who want to try new things and are interested in using research,” he says. “I think we’ll be able to pioneer some things in the Institute that others will be able to learn from. I hope senior living can lead the way and offer guidance to others who are just starting out.”

»Still, throughout the planning process for the Institute, researchers expressed an avid desire and need to be connected to industry players, Pillemer says. While many providers are admirably open to participating in research projects, the industry can still do even better, and the Institute should help in that effort.

»“There are endless buzzwords, trends, fads … personality testing for employees, organizational systems, all come and go and they’re rarely informed by rigorous research,” Pillemer says. “In this Institute top quality researchers from six or seven different fields are applying evidence-based approaches to better senior living. That’s really unusual.”


»An Eager Industry

»Threaded through the Institute’s education and research components is its commitment to connecting the academic realm with senior housing businesses. It likely will do so in numerous ways.

»Over the years, the campus already has played host to leaders from a variety of companies, including Benchmark Senior Living, Brandywine Senior Living, Senior Lifestyle Corporation, Senior Star, NIC, and Welltower (NYSE: HCN). Patricia Will, co-founder and president of Belmont Village, has been a distinguished lecturer.

»Special events will provide another way for industry leaders to participate in the Institute. Planning currently is underway for an April roundtable, “Exploring Ideas from Hospitality, Health Management, and Design for Senior Housing and Care.” The Institute also is seeking a conference manager for an October 2016 symposium.

»However the Institute goes about connecting senior living companies with students and researchers, Hollis shares Pillemer’s confidence that the industry is eager to embrace evidence-based innovations.

»“I personally think that the senior living industry understands the value of hospitality a lot more than acute care has, historically,” Hollis says. “There seems to be a good deal of interest in what they can do to take it to the next level. The industry has already done a lot of neat things, and the industry also recognizes there are many more opportunities to improve.”»





Innovation and resources