Gold Mercury to Develop Study on the Future of Education and Technology

Gold Mercury International is conducting research into the impact of technology on education, and how the shifting paradigms of technology, both emerging and current, are drastically changing the landscape of modern education.

This report, titled: “The Future of E-ducation: The Impact of Technology and Analytics on the Education Industry” examines the nature of the technological revolution which has influenced education by bringing innovation into a previously stagnant field, as well as studying the associated complexities and issues with this shift. This report ultimately expresses how these changes will be pivotal for achieving the United Nations’ goal of universal education by 2015, in addition to allowing the quality of education to be globally innovative, engaging, customisable and accessible.

The study examines the impact of three different broad categories of technology in modern society which influence the shape of education: Open Sources and the Internet, mobile and “multi-faceted technology,” and virtual learning environments/learning analytics.

“This report shows that technology will disrupt education in a way never seen before in other industries. The tech tsunami is coming towards the shores of education and it will disrupt all education business models and the meaning and purpose of education, from curriculums to certification, to how and why people are hired in the future,”

said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

Open Sources and the Internet

Two technological areas of particular importance to education, which the report examines in detail, are that of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the Web 2.0 Platform. MOOCs and Web 2.0 are Open Source technologies which have been born from the Internet, and the drastic changes the Internet has brought about in how people communicate and process information. These two technologies defy the traditional barriers of education, and allow the overall structure of education to decentralise and universalise.

The report highlights that the previously rigid, top-down structure of education is now giving way to a more adaptable, fully customisable, individualised system; primarily due to the ubiquity of modern technological devices. The standardisation of the Internet, Web 2.0, mobile devices, computers and virtual realities, as part of our everyday lives, will help to facilitate and reinforce this fundamental shift by means of normalisation; utilising the fact that modern students are already “digital natives”.

Mobile and Multi-Faceted Technology

While Open Sources and the Internet revolutionise the structure of education itself, mobile and multi-faceted technology revolutionises the way society can provide education to students. A prime example of this which the report provides, is that of cloud computing, which changes how institutions store information, with cloud computing ultimately being a more reliable and simple technology; without the need for constant investment and maintenance. Conversely, mobile devices provide more accessible, individualised portals through which said information is accessed, shattering the rigidity of traditional education.

Virtual Learning Environments and Learning Analytics

With this mobile technology and its increasing prevalence around the globe, students can then use this technology to merge their virtual lives with their physical ones, by completing assignments and educational games online, or by receiving feedback online through virtual learning environments. Learning and teaching can now both occur in these online environments, due to the presence of analytics.

The New Educational Paradigm

When these three broad categories of technology are taken together, the report shows that they serve to reinforce and strengthen one another, and together they solidify the progression of education towards a new paradigm. Though it may seem overwhelmingly positive, the report is also careful to explain the many complexities and issues surrounding the individualised, adaptive future of education. Regardless of the outcome, the report shows that technology is certainly having a profound impact on the future of the educational sector, for teacher and pupil alike.

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Swedish Television Interviews Nicolas De Santis on European Branding

Sveriges Television (SVT), the Swedish public service television company with the widest range of programming of all TV companies in Sweden, has interviewed Nicolas De Santis, Gold Mercury President, at the London offices of the European Union.

Nicolas De Santis is an expert in European Union identity issues and branding and has advised the European Parliament and the European Commission on this subject, as well as on the launch of the Euro currency. He also created the cartoon character Captain Euro – Europe’s superhero in the 1990’s to promote Europe and the launch of the Euro to its citizens and the world. SVT will be dedicating a programme to Captain Euro.

“Captain Euro started as a social research experiment to test the feelings, emotions and perceptions of the EU in Europeans and the world. When we launched it, the world was caught off guard with the launch of a European superhero that represented a united Europe. It became an instant media success story that continues to this day,”

said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

As the EU identity crisis continues, Gold Mercury will be launching a new programme called BRAND EU about the future of the European Union’s brand, covering issues relating to the concept of EU citizen identity formation. The main aims of the BRAND EU project are to deliver critical insights on the current state of the European Union’s governance and political structure, as well as address the lack of a common European identity and a strong EU brand. Gold Mercury aims to challenge the current complexity, which is associated with the BRAND EU, so that citizens can start to feel closer to Europe.

“Gold Mercury has identified the lack of a clear EU brand and EU identity as a key barrier to achieving the full support of its citizens and for the development of Europe as a whole. One of the key brand problems for citizens in understanding Europe and participating actively, is the complexity of the current political structure of the EU. Still today, it can be only understood by academics or experts,”

said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

The Swedish Television interview was conducted by Veronica Lilja reporting for Cobra, SVT’s main cultural programme. The prime-time interview will be broadcast across Sweden, in English with Swedish sub-titles in November 2013.

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Sir Evelyn De Rothschild Meets Gold Mercury President to Discuss Re-Inventing Banking Culture Project

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, former Chairman and CEO of NM Rothschild and Sons, the international investment bank, met with Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International to express his views on the global banking and financial sector and the many different factors which he believes led to the crisis, including ethical, technological and historical reasons.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, former Chairman and CEO of NM Rothschild and Sons, the international investment bank, met with Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International to express his views on the global banking and financial sector and the many different factors which he believes led to the crisis, including ethical, technological and historical reasons. Sir Evelyn’s comments will contribute to Gold Mercury’s report ‘Re-inventing the Banking Profession for the 21st Century’. The discussion with Sir Evelyn is part of a series of interviews that Gold Mercury is conducting with leading authorities, representatives of financial institutions, academics and other prominent actors involved in the financial services sector, within the scope of Gold Mercury’s ‘New Corporate Culture for Banking’ project.

“Sir Evelyn is one of the great city veterans. His experience in the financial and investment banking world brings very valuable insights to our project. He believes that banking reform is required to fix the profound lapses in banking standards and to allow the banking sector to play the crucial role of supporting the real economy, whilst restoring trust,”

said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards recently issued its final report – ‘Changing Banking for Good’. It outlines the radical reform required to improve standards across the banking industry. Sir Evelyn recently published an article on the important role that banking must play in order to re-establish public confidence in the industry. The article called ‘Banking Must Pursue the Holy Grail of Confidence’ clearly expresses that the City of London’s most important traded commodity is confidence. If that is lost, there remains little to do business with and without confidence it would be impossible to engineer a recovery or reform the financial system.

“The biggest penalty of all today is that as a result of the crisis, commercial banks, to maintain their capital resources, are not lending to small and medium sized businesses. This needs to change rapidly if we want to see the economy improve and confidence with the public restored,”

stated Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild is currently Chairman of E.L. Rothschild Ltd, a private investment company. He was previously Chairman and CEO of NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd, the international investment bank. Sir Evelyn also served as Chairman of The Economist Group, where the family is a large minority holder. Sir Evelyn is also a Director of IMG Worldwide and a Governor of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Previous corporate directorships include: Director of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd, and Director of IBM United Kingdom Holdings Ltd. Sir Evelyn has maintained a lifelong commitment to philanthropy. He is Chairman of the ERANDA Foundation, a family foundation that he formed in 1967 to support charities working in the fields of medical research, health and welfare, education and the arts.

Sir Evelyn believes in inclusive capitalism to give a wider range of opportunities for people to participate in the economy.

“When clearing banks merged with investment banks, it was the bigger factor of change in the banking industry. We had two very different cultures that had to work together, but in most cases one culture took over the other. There are many examples on how the banking industry has gone wrong. But now I think banks cannot just go back to basics. To re-instate confidence, banks need to play a new role in building community and social value, including being a part of private and public partnerships that create low cost housing or building new and needed infrastructure,”

said Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

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Gold Mercury Board Member Wins Prestigious Freedom to Write Award

Sonia Nassery Cole, Gold Mercury International Advisory Board Member and Director and Producer of the inspirational film ‘Black Tulip’ has won the Freedom to Write Award, granted by the PEN Center USA.

The Oscar nominated film ‘Black Tulip’ addresses the notion that “freedom is never free” and is about a family in Kabul that opens a literary café catering to artists and poets. In the café, poets are offered the opportunity to read their works. The film was shot on location in Kabul, Afghanistan using extensive security precautions despite death threats from the Taliban . The film was nominated for an Oscar in both the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Soundtrack categories in 2011. Nassery Cole also established the Afghanistan World Foundation funding the construction of a hospital for women and children in Kabul, medical care for land-mine victims and other causes.

PEN Center USA has a membership list of more than 800 writers, including poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists (these make up the original letters in the acronym, ‘PEN’), as well as television and screenwriters, critics, historians, editors, journalists and translators. PEN Center USA was founded in 1943. Its mission states that the organisation will “defend and promote freedom of expression throughout the world by advocating for the release of imprisoned writers, and for the protection of writers who suffer political prosecution, persecution, and censorship.” Since 1993, PEN Center USA’s Freedom To Write Program has honoured individuals whose work and experience underscores their mission.

The Freedom To Write Award will be presented to Sonia Nassery Cole at a gala dinner on October 14, 2013, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

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  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic

Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic

Eduardo De Santis, Chairman and Founder of Gold Mercury International, has received a new recognition from the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. Mr De Santis has been awarded the ‘Order of the Italian Star’ (Ordine della Stella d'Italia - OSI) for his services to Italy.

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The ‘Order of the Italian Star’ is Italy’s oldest national honour and was established by the Italian Republic in 1947 soon after the end of the Second World War. The ‘Order of the Italian Star’ recognises the Italian Republic’s gratitude and solidarity for the efforts and services made towards the reconstruction of the nation, the preservation of national prestige abroad, as well as cooperation with other countries.

The Order is presented to both Italian expatriates and foreign nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Italian Republic after World War II. Other recipients of the Order include: Henry Cabot Lodge, American Ambassador to the UN; President John F. Kennedy, former President of the U.S.A; Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and Italo-American legend Frank Sinatra.

The Award Ceremony was held at the Italian Embassy in Madrid and was hosted by the Italian Ambassador, H.E. Pietro Sebastiani who presented the medal of the Order to Commander Eduardo De Santis, with kind words from H.E. Italian President Napolitano.

The ceremony was attended by Mr De Santis’ family and friends as well as several Board Members of Gold Mercury International, including Enrique Barón Crespo, former President of the European Parliament; Aldo Olcese, President of Fincorp and Francisco Luzón, former Director General Santander LATAM. Other guests included former Club of Rome President Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner; Father Lezama of the Lezama Foundation; Andrea Brentan, CEO of Endesa; former Italian Ambassador Vanni D’archirafi and painter Sofia Gandarias.

“My most sincere thanks to the President of the Republic Napolitano for awarding me with this prestigious honour. I also want to recognise and praise here today your recent gesture to serve for Italy again. You are truly a great Italian,” 

said Eduardo De Santis on receiving the Order from the President of the Republic.

Mr Eduardo De Santis is already Commander of the Italian Republic (Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana), an honour presented to him in 1972 by the then President H.E. Giovanni Leone.

 

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Leading British Economics John Kay Visits Gold Mercury for Corporate Culture Banking Project

Leading British Economist, John Kay, a distinguished academic and acclaimed columnist for The Financial Times met with Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International, to discuss the global economic challenges affecting the world, specifically the future of banking and financial institutions.

The discussion was part of a series of interviews that Gold Mercury is conducting with leading authorities, representatives of financial institutions, academics and other prominent actors involved in the economic and financial services sector. The interviews are undertaken within the scope of the ‘New Corporate Culture for Banking’ project.

John Kay is an influential economist and his research interests encompass public policy and business strategy. In 2012, Mr Kay chaired the Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making, which reported to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Mr Kay discussed with Mr De Santis the current economic structure and the ideologies which are shaping it, as well as the future of global economic governance. The loss of trust in the financial sector, the failed role of corporate boards and the necessity for a culture for self-regulation were among the topics that were covered in the discussion. Finally, Mr Kay underlined the need to examine the crucial role of intergenerational equity as part of the new thinking required in the convergence of the economic, environmental and social aspects of a society.

“John Kay is a leading figure in economic and social thinking. His ideas question established norms and contribute towards innovative thinking for the challenges which are shaping the global economy, especially banking. Mr Kay has a holistic view of the financial sector, looking beyond narrowly focused solutions and quick fixes. His way of approaching economic challenges offers us invaluable insights for our ‘New Culture for Banking’ project. The role of banking needs to change, moving towards serving societies to produce a sustainable future for future generations,’’

said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

Mr John Kay is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a director of several public companies, a writer, lecturer and broadcaster and a weekly contributor to The Financial Times.

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Book Launch of Shaking the Skies: Leading Change in the Global Aviation Business

The development and progression of aviation continues to be an essential global technological development. Aviation has opened up the individual to the world and in doing so, created a global village, connected cultures, families and nations.

Throughout his time at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Giovanni Bisignani challenged governments, powerful leaders and airline conglomerates to revolutionise the commercial aviation industry. In his new, aptly named book, Shaking the Skies, Bisignani details the many challenges he faced as he sought to, upon his appointment as CEO and Director General, improve the profile and economics of the aviation industry. Hired “to lead a revolution,” Bisignani presents a remarkable account of an illustrious career that was based around an ethos of ethical leadership, good governance and business determination.

The strongest message that Bisignani seeks to communicate is change. Initially detailing his rise in the aviation industry that led to his appointment at the IATA in 2002, Bisignani’s wealth of experience, run in with Gaddafi in Libya and requests from Mother Teresa tell a fascinating story of how he was able modernise the aviation industry. The story of his rise and how he came to lead one of the biggest associations in the world is also filled with details and facts that demonstrate a man who cared as much about the industry as he did the customer.

His achievements and changes did not seek to purely benefit the IATA and its associated airlines; rather, he pursued a system of change that improved every aspect of the industry. His changes began with management restructuring and, to name one of many successes, led to him enforcing e-ticketing and subsequently making aviation the first ever industry to “enter the paperless world.”

The uniqueness of Bisignani as a CEO is also illustrated and detailed in a concise factual method. Emotively and professionally affected by September 11, Bisignani, during his time at the IATA, greatly improved the environmental and safety procedures of the aviation industry. His continued effort to make flying safer and environmentally friendlier involves global, ethical and unilateral action and is captured entertainingly through meetings with Al Gore, “crazy” technological ideas and a “shooting” incident in Lagos.

The full extent of Bisignani’s developments and contributions to the aviation industry are summed up through a description of how he hopes his changes will lead to “Vision 2050.” Where, as an industry, aviation businesses and governments will co-operate with economic, environmental and moral procedures in mind to ensure airlines continue to be “a force for good.”

The values and ideals which make up Giovanni’s Vision 2050 was the motivating factor behind Gold Mercury International’s decision to co-publish and host the launch of the book. The principle, vision and managerial system which Giovanni outlines in Shaking the Skies corresponds with Gold Mercury’s own views on Global Governance; namely, constructing a future in which ethics, sustainability and visionary leadership underpin an organisations operations.

A central message of Giovanni’s book is the importance of having an effective managerial system in place. This message correlates with Gold Mercury’s mission of seeking to educate organisations about the significance of having a responsible vision that is environmentally friendly and proficiently managed.

Shaking the Skies: Leading Change in the Global Aviation Business will be launched on the 20th May 2013 at the Royal Aeronautical Society, London.

Visit the Shaking the Skies Twitter page for news and extracts about the book.

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