AER was present at this year’s UN climate meeting, which took place in Katowice, Poland. The highlight of AER's involvement was when AER President Magnus Berntsson spoke at the high-level segment 12 December on behalf of all the regions and municipalities of the world. Setting the scene AER has been building a strong voice on how regional climate action can advance global … [Read more...]
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One of the key issues AER is focusing on in 2015 is good governance and innovation. Therefore, public sector innovation will be key focus at AER's joint plenary session taking place in Hampshire County beginning of November.
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On the occasion of the Autumn plenaries in Vojvodina, AER members will discuss how opening public data supports the emergence of startups in regions. The panel will bring together speakers from startups, regional policymakers, experts on design and data to discuss why, how and for what regions should open their data and look at challenges and opportunities. Open Data... … [Read more...]
The European Commission has published a call which can be of interest to regional stakeholders. This call for projects is organised in the context of the Connecting Europe Facility and focuses on public open data. Why public sector open data? Public sector information within countries, across borders, and between sectors can be used for all sorts of applications. Real world … [Read more...]
Ethical issues around the future usage of artificial intelligence (AI) have helped turn it into a polarising issue in society. From techno-optimists to people derided as luddites, many have an opinion on the ethics of AI. Later this month, AER’s event Artificial Intelligence: Are Regions Up to The Challenge? will bring together field experts, academics, artists, politicians, … [Read more...]
If you are reading this, it's because you are thinking of applying for the Silver Economy Awards! The SEED Consortium is searching for talented candidates like you to showcase innovative solutions addressing the needs of ageing populations and thus contribute to raise awareness on the implications of demographic change. Do not wait any longer to submit your proposal for the … [Read more...]
Don't miss the #policylearning event in Milan organised by the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform. The two day networking conference will be a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments concerning the use of R&D results and open innovation, to share on how to better contribute to the competitiveness of SMEs and regional growth and to find out what the … [Read more...]
Artificial what? Cognitive scientist Marvin L. Minsky, who is also a co-founder of the MIT AI Laboratory, defines artificial intelligence as “the science of making machines do things that would require intelligence if done by men”. The term artificial intelligence is therefore used when machines perform human-like cognitive functions such as learning, understanding, reasoning … [Read more...]
Cllr Roy Perry (Hampshire-UK) could not attend our General Assembly in Bodø last June due to his responsibilities in the Remain campaign for the UK referendum. However, he sent this video to be presented at the Bureau meeting on June 22 2016. The Bureau was focused on the possibilities that new technologies offer to regional authorities to imporve governance, but was closed … [Read more...]
Participation requires space as is very well highlighted in this 2010 video from the AER Youth Regional Network. And by space it's not just physical space that is meant, such as meeting rooms, but also space in the institutions, in the decision making process. This is valid for young people but also for society at large: how do we make space for citizens participation? If … [Read more...]
Nordland County Council is working on a strategy on urban and regional development. The strategy will constitute a conceptual and integrated basis for the organisation of effective urban policies in small and medium-sized cities in the Nordic peripheral context that can contribute to the promotion of urban and regional development and how the region can benefit from learning … [Read more...]
Hampshire, 3 November 2015, Conference on Public Sector Innovation Before it was roads, then electricity and now it is fiber and broadband connectivity - goes the common saying. Digitalisation of our lives is moving ahead as do discussions on how to best ensure access and usability for everyone. Yet, whereas it might not be a big issue in towns and cities, it is a major … [Read more...]
Society has changed, what about the public sector ? Why does the public sector need innovation ? How to reinvent not only the services delivered but also the way they are designed ? The AER plenary meeting in Hampshire was an opportunity to look at how regions have drastically changed the way they were working in order to improve cost efficiency, provide effective leadership … [Read more...]
Change, cooperation, partnership approach, ownership and integration have been key concepts repeatedly mentioned at AER's Autumn Plenary session taking place in Hampshire County (UK). Around 150 participants from AER Member Regions came together to discuss in the 3 AER Committees, the Working Groups and the conferences. These events went through key issues of regional concern, … [Read more...]
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit is currently taking place in Mexico. The OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to the 66 participating countries In all of these countries, … [Read more...]
Better understanding the bundle of incentives that motivate people to serve the public is part of the workforce challenge for 21 st Century public services. (Needham et al., 2014, p6) Are people not motivated to work anymore in public sector? Does motivation increase innovation and effectiveness in public sector work? Yes, says a report published by Nesta, a UK charity … [Read more...]