2017 will be the year of The Internet of People (IoP), what I also like to call – the Sharing Economy 2.0. My personal experience over 2016 gave me a lot of reasons to believe that would be the case, and I would like to share just a couple of them.
Understanding the ambiguity of the situation, however, many universities are starting to hedge against risks of financial losses, through various ways. And even though not all of them are involving exotic financial instruments or derivatives-based scenarios, this overall move is leading towards an insurance-based survival strategy, causing universities to bet on superficial, yet influential characteristics, rather than enforcing on what really matters – the knowledge transfer process.
The development of the National Investment Programme on Science and Education for Smart Growth 2014-2020, co-funded by the EU Cohesion Policy, is probably the key public initiative, I’ve dedicated my time and efforts to, being part of the thematic expert group, developing the financial instrument for over a few years.
In December 2014 I was a guest of “Boom & Bust”, maybe the top economic programme to be broadcast on Bulgarian television, containing in-depth analyzes, different points of view on the subjects discussed and innovative solutions, presented by financial, economic and entrepreneurial leaders.
The main point – there is no one-size-fits-all-solution to the problem, demanding for shared stakeholders’ responsibility, efforts and innovative approach. Those were the topics we touched, in our talk with Stoycho Kerev on “Points of View” TV Programme, were I was invited as a public policy expert at Brain Workshop Institute, to speak on the most recent developments in the area.