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Interview with the HSE News Service

June 5, 2018 Leave a comment

logo_с_hse_cmyk_eConsistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation.

In a recent interview with the HSE News Service, I spoke in depth about my research interests, teaching philosophy and long-lasting collaboration with HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge and Laboratory for Economics of Innovation.

Click here to read the full interview

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Pure-blood vs Mixed-race: A timely story warning us about the dangers of social discrimination

January 29, 2018 Leave a comment

To honour the 100th birthday of my grandfather (the late László Popper), my father (Raimund Popper) used László’s diary to write a book about his challenges, experiences and survival strategies as a “mixed race (first degree)” human being who was discriminated against his race and ideologies.

László was born in Vienna (Austria) on 28 April 1917 and his life was remarkably shaped by the inevitable challenge of being “trapped” in the Greater German Reich (Großdeutsches Reich), the empire that Nazi Germany tried to build in Europe during World War II.

László’s life shows that self-leadership can help transform barriers, weaknesses and crises into drivers, strengths and opportunities for survival and constant renewal. László has been a true inspiration for my father (the book’s author) and his best legacy was the capacity to infect the whole Popper family with an unstoppable desire, drive and hope to improve the personal and professional worlds around us.

The book is available in Spanish (for now) but we will soon translate it to English.

  • To purchase the paper version (12,00 €) click here
  • To purchase the e-book version (4,99 €) click here

Below you can find the book description and author’s biography in Spanish.

TÍTULO: PURA SANGRE VS MESTIZOS

Una historia verídica, que contempla episodios de la vida del protagonista.

László, durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, a través de los cuales el lector puede sentir las vivencias del ciudadano común, que experimenta la huella del mestizaje, atrapado en el torbellino de la conflagración

Es un llamado para lograr la transformación en el recorrido de una secuencia: desde vísperas de guerra hasta sobrevivencias en el caos.

“Pura sangre vs mestizos” nos invita a conocer-pensar-reflexionar una exquisita obra que decanta nuevas formas de escribir un pasado con devenir, pero también a concebir un nuevo conocimiento, que el lector debe ofrecer, al saltar los límites del umbral de su pensamiento, para construir-organizar, de otra manera, una explicación de la realidad…

Estimula la acción sobre la resignación, el ingenio sobre la sumisión y transmite un mensaje: “Un instante de humanidad te puede salvar la vida”.

Es una luz que se enciende para alimentar la condición humana, que cada hombre lleva dentro de sí, el secreto de la paz en las sociedades.

AUTOR: RAIMUND POPPER

Raimund-Popper

Raimund Popper

Hijo de una familia de emigrantes, acogidos por Venezuela, a finales de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

En su seno familiar se hablaba armenio como lengua materna, alemán, como lengua paterna, inglés entre sus padres, turco y griego, como lengua de familiares cercanos y naturalmente, castellano entre los hermanos y compañeros de colegio.

Desde temprana edad manifestó su pasión por las matemáticas, astronomía, historia, artes y música.

Recibió formación especial de su tutor, el Lord Inglés, Sir Henry Godwin Johnson y, su interés por la historia mundial fue marcado fuertemente por el profesor holandés Herman Besselink, de Lawrenceville School, donde culminó sus estudios de bachillerato. Ambas personalidades lograron satisfacer sus inquietudes y necesidades de transitar por el mundo de la historia, lleno de pasión y sabiduría.

Realizó estudios de matemáticas en la Universidad de Princeton, USA, en la Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas y, culminó estudios de doctorado en matemáticas en la Universidad de Eötvös Loránd, Hungría.

En su condición de profesor titular en la Universidad Central de Venezuela publicó trabajos de matemáticas en revistas nacionales e internacionales. Dedica su tiempo de investigación a la geometría de espacios con singularidades. Actualmente se desempeña como Jefe de la oficina de información de Futures Diamond Ltd (Praga y Reino Unido), asesora en análisis de información y comparación de datos cruzados en distintas épocas y regiones. Sigue de cerca los eventos relacionados con la evolución de la humanidad. Considera que el conocimiento de la historia y los análisis comparativos de acontecimientos ocurridos en el pasado son fundamentales para la formación cultural e intelectual de todo ser humano, su crecimiento y fortalecimiento de su espíritu.

Reseña de Dr. Gabriel Ugas Fermín. Maestro de la Epistemología

Surge una estética que permite gestar la posibilidad de pensar lo no pensado, evidenciar la diferencia en la repetición, fraguar en los límites del pensamiento para emanciparnos en una historia verídica donde lo más importante es la esperanza sustentada en el honor.

Opiniones de lectores

Calificación  5 estrellas, valorado sobre 5

Luisa 28/01/2018

Pura sangre vs mestizos

Es una obra que me ha tocado profundamente. Con un lenguaje cotidiano del protagonista introduce una época de la historia nada fácil de entender. Una época dura, difícil y cruda que cambió por completo el destino de pueblos que ya habían superado las secuelas de la Primera Guerra Mundial. Es un libro actual porque en muchas partes del mundo aparecen ahora los que se califican como “Pura Sangre” que tratan de aplastar a los que ellos llaman “Mestizos”, los que no piensan como ellos.  

Emocionante y te hace vibrar.

Calificación   5 Estrelas, valorado sobre 5

 Jenni 25/01/2018

Un lectura envolvente y cautivadora

Una lectura envolvente que cultiva, deslumbra e hipnotiza al lector con relatos verídicos de un veterano de guerra, acompañados de una buena dosis de historia que nos permite entender los sucesos más relevantes de la época.

Es sentir en “carne propia” las vivencias de un soldado cuyas decisiones y actuaciones le permitieron sobrevivir y renacer dentro del caos.

Public report on the Analysis of EIS parents’ insights for the Espoo City Board

September 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Applying text mining and sentiment analysis to EIS parents’ insights on the proposed move of EIS to Otaniemi

EIS Community opinions and insights regarding the proposed relocation of EIS to Otaniemi were gathered through the EIS Community Survey, the EIS Advisory Referendum and on this Blog.

All comments and insights gathered through these sources were collectively analysed applying text mining and sentiment analysis (also known as opinion/emotion mining) given the subjectivity of the information and the sensitivity of the subject to survey respondents and blog visitors, and therefore the obvious presence of emotions and sentiments behind the text.

A total of 639 arguments were pulled out from all the above-mentioned information sources and analysed with the Kapiche text mining and analytical tool using additional sentiment identification functionalities. Identified terms and key terms were clustered into most frequent topics (i.e. key issues), the top 5 of which are presented in more details in the following sections and supported by anonymous examples of the most prominent comments submitted by the EIS Community members. The report includes the top 5 strongest topics driving positive and negative sentiment identified in the analysed dataset and provides 3 conclusions and related recommendations.

To download the report please click here or the image below.

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The ‘Opinmäki4EIS’ report

 

A truly bottom-up & community-led foresight process on the future of Espoo International School (EIS)

September 10, 2017 Leave a comment

A truly bottom-up initiative has organically emerged to promote a more transparent and participatory community engagement process that will hopefully support the forthcoming decision-making about the potential relocation of Espoo International School (EIS) to Otaniemi.

The main activities of the process are reported in a new Blog aimed to capture as many EIS Community comments, concerns and insights about the positive and negative impacts as well as broader societal implications of moving EIS out of Opinmäki.

Opinmaki4EIS_blog

Paying respect to Tomasz Kośmider at his official farewell

August 3, 2017 Leave a comment

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Thanks to the Kośmider family for letting me and my wife share our feelings about a great human being who will always be remembered in Poland, Europe and the world

Dear family members, friends and colleagues of very much loved and respected Tomasz Kośmider,

We are speaking here today, because we were fortunate to have spent quality time (professionally and personally) with Tomasz, his son Przemek and friends from Technology Partners. For this reason, we were asked to be the voice of many European colleagues who are with us in spirit; especially those from Knowledge4Innovation, of which Tomasz was Vice President.

Without any doubts, we can say that Tomasz transformed many lives.
The extent of his legacy is yet to be written and told in years to come.
We will always remember him as a warm man full of vitality and wisdom.
Someone who was equally determined and successful in building bridges.
Bridges enabling cross-sector and cross-border innovations and aspirations.

His positive attitude helped him find opportunities in barriers and challenges.
His dynamism, enthusiasm and humour were equally addictive and contagious.
His creativity, leadership and determination often translated into shared visions.
His kindness and compassion allowed him to make a difference and in a kind way. Tomasz could see bright and promising futures for Poland and Europe in many ways.

Science may never explain why humans exist and whether there is life after life.
For this reason, we would like to share our own, yet transferable philosophy of life. We do not consider physical departure from our body as ‘death’ or the end of a journey. People’s wonderful and unique spirit shall be relaunched into new dimensions fuelled by our energy. Therefore, we invite you to empower Tomasz with your best thoughts, memories and lessons learned.

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In memory of Tomasz Kośmider: A great man, for sure!

July 29, 2017 Leave a comment

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Less than a month ago my wife (Monika) and I had the privilege to spend quality time with Tomasz Kośmider – a great human being capable of warming up the atmosphere of social networking and business meetings with inspiring out-of-the-box yet still down-to-earth innovative ideas. During our very intense and productive trip to Peru we discussed over a dozen ways of strengthening the Polish and European innovation landscape and he was a strong believer that a very bright and promising future was in the horizon for Poland’s science, technology and innovation system.

His sudden departure on Saturday 29th of July was both unexpected and frustrating since it is not easy to find a man like Tomasz with the endless creativity, remarkable dynamism and strong determination to make things happen. My sadness is certainly shared by over a thousand people and organisations he has helped and shaped with his professional and interpersonal skills, which made him such a unique and wonderful character. Several colleagues from around Europe and other parts of the world have also expressed their sorrow and admiration for Tomasz, who was regarded by Jos Leijten as someone ‘determined to make a difference and in a very kind way’, by Wolfgang Polt as ‘a lively advocate of the cause of innovation and above all a very nice person’, by Torsti Loikkanen as ‘very positive, warm spirit and intelligent’ and by Robbert Fisher as ‘not only a great colleague but also a warm friend. Inspired with a vision, and capable of pursuing what he believed in despite set backs and barriers’. As more people become aware of his departure I believe we will learn more about the real extent of his legacy. For now, I would simply like to share a few pictures that capture great moments we spent together. We will always remember him for his vitality, audacity and ingenuity to recognise opportunities for a wide range of Polish innovation stakeholders.

Obviously, among the most remarkable legacies of a man are his family and network of friends and beloved ones. We feel very fortunate to have met his son Przemek Kośmider with whom we shared both professional and personal moments. We send our condolences to the whole Kośmider family and all the people who like us will always remember Tomasz and his wonderful energy.

Free course on sustainable innovation assessment & management

May 17, 2017 Leave a comment

casi-tutorial-bannerSustainable Innovation Assessment and Management: Widening Horizons on climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

Free online course on sustainable innovation assessment and management concepts, practices, key lessons and policy messages. Get inspired!

Course outline

The CASI project aims at assessing Sustainable Innovations (SI) that respond to Societal Challenge 5 of Horizon 2020, namely ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’, in order to develop a framework supporting better management of SI initiatives. This FREE online course offers a comprehensive review of sustainable innovation related topics organised around 6 Modules and 12 Units.

Module 1: CASI-F in action

  • Unit 1: CASI-F principles and methodology – A five-step guide to future-proof action plans: Understand the why, what and how of sustainable innovation assessment and management.
  • Unit 2: CASI-F Tools – Web-based solutions supporting open innovation practices: Use CASI-F tools and optimize your innovation potential through learning by doing.

Module 2: Sustainable Innovation Concepts

  • Unit 3: SI assessment of innovations, systems and issues – A must-have set of criteria for more holistic sustainability appraisals: Learn about 7 types of innovations and new assessment indicators.
  • Unit 4: SI management actions, dimensions and key aspects – A comprehensive set of decision-support concepts: Discover different types of managerial needs and innovative ways of framing solutions.

Module 3: Sustainable Innovation in the EU

  • Unit 5: SI evolution in EC FP5, FP6 and FP7 – An overview of European Commission funded sustainability-oriented efforts between 1998-2013: Compare objectives, priorities and budgets.
  • Unit 6: SI priorities in H2020 SC5 – A guide to the EC Societal Challenge on Climate action, Environment, Resource efficiency and Raw materials: Explore SI priorities and more.

Module 4: Sustainable Innovation State-of-the-art

  • Unit 7: State-of-the-art of SI by type of innovation – Key results from the assessment of 500+ SI by type: Zoom into their objectives, priorities, multi-systemic impacts and sectoral relevance.
  • Unit 8: A quadruple helix approach to R&I agendas for SI – Top 10 research and innovation agendas for sustainability: Recognise the importance of the quadruple helix of SI actors in agenda-setting.

Module 5: Sustainable Innovation Pilot Study

  • Unit 9: SI actions and meta-actions from the CASI pilots – A set of 55 lessons resulting from the 1st phase of CASI-F applied to 43 pilots: Learn from innovators’ most common managerial choices.
  • Unit 10: 150 meta-tasks from CASI Action Roadmaps – 150 systematically generated lessons from the 2nd phase of CASI-F: Improve key context, people, process and impact aspects of innovation.

Module 6: Sustainable Innovation Advice

  • Unit 11: Lessons from the analysis of 1700+ SI critical issues – 60 Tweet-like recommendations from technological, economic, social, environmental, political, ethical and spatial perspectives. Get inspired!
  • Unit 12: Policy messages on SI assessment and management – 18 policy messages to better manage and assess sustainable innovation: Benefit from joint lessons and views on the way forward for CASI-F.

Certification

To qualify for a Certificate on ‘Sustainable Innovation Assessment and Management’ , signed by the Course Director from The University of Manchester, you should study and complete all modules (each lasting a maximum of 90 minutes) and score at least 60% in the self-assessment activities provided under each unit. Detailed information about your progress and score will be available under ‘My course’ tab of your user profile where you will also be able to retake each module (no more than once), if needed.

  • Certificate for satisfactorily completed course – By completing the full course with a 60-79% score in the self-assessment tasks you will receive a certificate of satisfactory completion.
  • Certificate for outstandingly completed course – By completing the full course with a score of 80% or above in the self-assessment tasks you will receive a certificate of outstanding completion.

Learning outcomes

While the CASI Sustainable Innovation Course offers answers and insights related to four key dimensions of sustainable innovation management (i.e. Context, People, Process, and Impact), one of the primary objectives of the training course is to focus on the ‘People’ dimension, and, in particular, on its two key aspects of ‘aptitude’ and ‘attitude’, which are necessary to promote and more effectively manage sustainable innovations. With this in mind, upon completion of this course, you will understand what sort of prerequisites, knowledge and leadership, among other skills, are needed to improve the sustainability of different types of innovations.

Course Director

  • Dr. Rafael Popper – For further information, contact: Rafael.Popper@manchester.ac.uk

Course Scientific Coordinators

  • Rafael Popper, Monika Popper and Guillermo Velasco

Course Technical Implementation

  • Futures Diamond

Course Contents Authors

  • (CZ) Futures Diamond
  • (DE) Technical University of Dortmund
  • (PT) Inova+
  • (UK) Coventry University Entreprise
  • (UK) The University of Manchester

Note: The online course self-assessment exercises were built and designed for desktop and laptop only. However, the course contents can also be accessed from mobile devices.