One of the most challenging trends that we will face in the years to come concerns the development of smart regions that are geared towards innovation and competitiveness.
Smart regions will be living laboratories in which municipalities, companies and universities develop open innovation and collective intelligence agendas that form the basis for a new standard of trust between citizens and institutions in an open and collaborative society.
They will also be the platform to test and develop the roots of a new context and concept for social capital that focuses on more collaborative networks with wider expansion in international areas. These regions will be the starting point for a new agenda of a value economy that can develop sustainable consolidation that enables a better individual and collective future.
Citizens and businesses are central to a new mindset associated with creating value and focusing on creativity. The reason for this is that in a time of change, citizens and businesses cannot wait. You need to affirm yourself as actors in a very demanding world by introducing a capital of trust and innovation into society and economy that is essential for central leadership in the future.
The actors from these regions should be global and bring the social matrix to sell them as a mobile good on the world market. This is the basis for a new social capital that should be the engine for effective change in our common society.
This social capital agenda in the smart regions needs to be supported by some strategic proposals that call for a new operational agenda from all political, economic and social actors. Citizens and businesses need to know how to integrate, and social cohesion needs to be done with the constructive participation of citizens in order to create a necessary and effective mobilization attitude for these efforts.
Education must be the right tool for this strategic goal for smarter regions that can attract the best talent for a developed community.
Universities and companies need to enter into a new strategic partnership that focuses on the goals of value, creativity and knowledge. This is the basis for the future smart regions agenda.
Business and society still have the opportunity to implement an innovation agenda that enables a range of opportunities to be developed on a larger scale and in a participatory manner.
The excellence of intelligent regions is measured by their effective engagement as participative actors. Developing strategic projects like the Pole of competitiveness, Innovation clusters as well as knowledge cities and regions are an effective confirmation that the foundation for a new agenda in the economy depends on the capacity of effective smart regions.
Confidence in developing the ability of local actors to implement an effective agenda for change that we need to secure our social capital for our strategic options is key to that agenda. Citizens and institutions have a unique identity based on a strong culture, and culture is a unique asset. Citizens and institutions need to be able to involve other global partners in building integrated projects that focus on developing culture as a driver of development. Reinventing culture itself is a very innovative way to get more global actors involved in this project for the future.
Smart regions need to be special places where people know who they are and where they stand up for the values of freedom, social justice and development. This is the strategic basis of innovative social capital that gives intelligent regions a new reason to get involved in our common future agenda.