Former Foreign Minister Of Tunisia Dr Rafik Abdessalem Visits Gold Mercury

Dr Rafik Abdessalem, Former Foreign Minister of Tunisia, visited Gold Mercury to discuss the development and organisation of an international conference that Gold Mercury is organising in Tunisia to discuss the future of the country.

The conference will also discuss key issues such as democracy and Islam, the role of women in the country as well as economic development and investment.

This conference will examine the case of Tunisia (so far), as a successful example of a smooth transition in the region, after promulgating the new constitution. Gold Mercury will also present the Gold Mercury International Award to candidates that played a key role in this transition. This Award Ceremony and Conference is managed at the highest levels of government, business, academia and civil society organisations. Check out the conference’s event page for a more detailed agenda and plans about the event.

Dr Rafik Abdessalem and Gold Mercury President Nicolas De Santis also discussed the recent situation in Tunisia following the Arab Spring and the reconciliatory process used for the development of the new constitution. They also discussed the situation in other Arab spring countries and the Middle East, as well as the upcoming European Union elections. Dr Rafik Abdessalem is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Tunisia, under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. In London, he founded the Maghreb Centre for Research and Translation, as well as chaired the London Platform for Dialogue. He is also a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and has worked as a senior researcher and head of the Research and Studies office at Al Jazeera. He is a member of the ”Ennahda Movement”, and has published 2 books and many articles in Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper.

 

 

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  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members
  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members
  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members
  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members
  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members
  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members
  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members
  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members
  • Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members

Gold Mercury Advisory Board Announces New Members

Gold Mercury's ever growing international advisory board has welcomed several esteemed new board members.

The two most recent additions to Gold Mercury’s international advisory board are: Father Luis de Lezama, Founder of the Lezama Foundation, and Carmen Posadas, Award-winning Uraguay-Spanish author. Both are experts in the field of Global Culture.

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Father Luis de Lezama, Founder of the Lezama Foundation and expert in Global Culture.
Father Luis de Lezama is a Basque Catholic priest, and president of Grupo Lezama: one of the world’s most successful high-end restaurant chains, with 20 in Spain plus two other restaurants in Washington, DC, and Seattle. The now legendary Lezama restaurants attract many loyal and prominent clients. Grupo Lezama served meals to the late Pope John Paul II.Lezama has been a journalist, a writer, restorer, businessman and a practical priest. He now practises in the Parish of Santa Maria Blanca in Montecarmelo, Madrid. The Lezama FOUNDATION runs a general school in his parish, with 1,600 students aged one to 16 and have introduced a revolutionary education system (EBI) developed with Microsoft to advance the way children learn for the future.

Carmen Posadas, Award-winning Uraguay-Spanish author and expert in Global Culture.
Carmen Posadas was born in Montevideo (Uruguay), in 1953. She has published more than 15 books for children, stories and essays, and has contributed to a number of scripts for TV & movies. In 1996 she published her first novel, CINCO MOSCAS AZULES (The Last Resort) which was one of the most surprising and successful books of the year. Her second novel, PEQUEÑAS INFAMIAS (Little Indiscretions), won the 1998 Planeta Prize. She is also the author of LA BELLA OTERO (now turned intro a movie), EL BUEN SIRIVIENTE and JUEGOS DE NIÑOS (2006). Her work has been translated into 23 languages so far and in 2003, Newsweek Magazine pointed her out as one of the most outstanding writers of her generation.

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Other recent additions to Gold Mercury’s international advisory board include:

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Professor Roger Zetter, Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies and Former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University and expert in Global Peace and Security.
Throughout his career Zetter’s research and teaching has centred around the institutional and policy dimensions of forced migration, the impact of humanitarian assistance on refugees and asylum seekers and shelter and settlement policies. Roger Zetter has written over 30 peer reviewed papers, 20 book chapters and 10 major research reports. He also served as Editor of the 2012 ‘World Disasters Report’ for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRD). During the course of his career he has been a consultant to many international and intergovernmental organisations.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, Scientist and Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University and expert in Global Health.
Baroness Susan Greenfield is a scientist, writer and broadcaster who specialises in the physiology of the brain. During her career she has conducted extensive research into the impact of technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness and different approaches to neurodegenerative diseases. She is also renowned for her written works, having published a number of scientific books covering topics such as: future society, personal identity, neuroscience and neurobiology. Today she continues to contribute to the scientific field acting as a Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University, whilst also leading a multi- disciplinary research team in exploring novel mechanisms linked to neurodegenerative diseases.

Roza Otunbayeva, Former President of Kyrgyzstan and expert in International Law and Humanitarian Affairs.
Roza Otunbayeva is the former President of Kyrgyzstan. In 2010 Otunbayeva was a key leader of the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan which resulted in the removal of President Akayev. She was then selected by opposition leaders to lead the Kyrgyz interim government and served as president until December 2011 when her term ended.

Peter Waine, Founding Director of Hanson Green and expert in Global Economic and Social Policy.
Peter Waine is the Founding Director of Hanson Green, a specialist search firm which dominates the UK non-executive recruitment market. As Founding Director of Hanson Green, he plays a key role in setting the agenda of how prominent UK businesses are run. Peter Waine is an accomplished author, having co-authored the management book ‘The Independent Board Director’, as well as ‘Takeover’, an acclaimed business novel and ‘The Board Game,’ which has become somewhat of a bible for directors. Waine was formerly a visiting Professor at Warwick and Cass business schools and is also currently National Chairman at CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England.)

Francisco Luzón López of Former General Manager of Banco Santander and expert in Global Economic and Social Policy.
Francisco Luzón López graduated with a degree in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Bilbao before embarking on a highly successful business career. He served as Director at Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A until January 2012, having joined the company in 1996. He was appointed as a Director of the Bank in 1997 and was then re-elected by the general meetings of shareholders in 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2007.

Dr William Haseltine, PhD., Founder of Human Genome Sciences and expert in Global Science.
Dr William Haseltine PhD is an American biologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is renowned for his ground breaking work on cancer, HIV/AIDS and genomics. He acts as President of The Haseltine Foundation for Science and the Arts, which aims to foster a relationship between science and the arts. He is involved in Public and International Policy, advising several governments, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Dr Haseltine also founded the Journal of AIDS Research and Retrovirology and The Journal of Regenerative Medicine. His extensive achievements in research have led to him receiving numerous awards and honours throughout his career.

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The Brand EU Center – Nicolas De Santis and Enrique Baron Crespo Interviewed on CNBC

As part of the launch of Gold Mercury's Brand EU Center, Gold Mercury President Nicolas De Santis, and Former President of the European Parliament, Enrique Barón Crespo, were interviewed on CNBC about the current situation in the upcoming European elections and the aims and goals behind the Brand EU Center, which Gold Mercury launched today.

The Brand EU Centre is Gold Mercury’s initiative to reposition the brand of the European Union and clarify its future vision.

Enrique Barón Crespo stressed the importance of the upcoming European elections, and the need for ever greater political and economic integration throughout Europe, which is currently suffering from a brand management crisis; which has created an atmosphere of popular dissent and Euroscepticism which threatens the foundations of European peace. Barón Crespo stressed that these upcoming European elections are especially important because they are the first elections in EU history which have featured a real “European” electoral campaign, at a time when voter apathy is at its highest.

Nicolas De Santis talked about the launch of the Brand EU Center, which he and Enrique Barón Crespo are jointly leading.

The mission of the BRAND EU – European Union Brand Centre at Gold Mercury International is to assist in the creation of a powerful EU BRAND identity that connects with citizens and the rest of the world. Via our various programmes, we aim to clarify what the EU really is, its global role and where it is going (vision). It is critical for citizens to get involved in the EU proj ect. To achieve this, we must re-position the BRAND EU and show its key benefits, while proposing ways forward, recognising the need for constructive EU reforms. The Centre uses Gold Mercury International’s extensive experience in global branding and identity issues, European Union affairs, strategic visioning and territorial branding.

Despite being the worldwide shining bastion of global governance and peace, the “brand,” or the identity of the EU has not been well managed, understood or communicated to the people. This has created a prevailing atmosphere of disenfranchisement and opposition, to what is undoubtedly an incredible global public good of peace and great stability for us all; given today’s increasingly unstable world. The European Union is the legacy and resolution of centuries of war and conflict in Europe; culminating in World Wars 1 and 2. It is crucial that we do not allow this legacy to be eroded by its own weak marketing strategy which does not reflect the current reality.

The BRAND EU Centre is Gold Mercury’s initiative to resolve this disenfranchisement, and will be run by Enrique Baron Crespo, former President of the European Parliament, and Nicolas De Santis, President & Secretary General of Gold Mercury International. The BRAND EU Centre will unofficially manage the EU’s Branding, and make it communicable and accessible for all citizens; to understand and appreciate.

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  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014

Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014

As part of Gold Mercury's global governance research agenda for 2014 on strategic visioning and business model innovation, we have started new research projects to uncover the next paradigms in the areas of: THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, THE FUTURE OF MEDIA CONSUMPTION AND CONTENT, THE FUTURE OF ENERGY, SUSTAINABLE CITIES OF THE FUTURE,  THE FUTURE OF THE OCEANS, REDEFINING THE PURPOSE OF GROWTH IN VIEW OF SUSTAINABILITY, and a project on the UNITED NATIONS concept of RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT. 

If you wish to contribute to any of these projects as a sponsor, researcher, contributor or partner organisation, please send an email to Chon Kemp – Corporate Affairs Manager: chon.kemp@goldmercury.org. Below is more detail on these strategic visioning projects:

Project Title: MANAGERS OF DREAMS – The Future of Financial Services & Money

Description: The financial services industry constitutes an important service to economies but recently has been the cause of much woe and misfortune. A new 2014 study on the ‘Millennials’ generation showed that the financial services industry is prime for disruption: A third of ‘Millennials’ believed they’ll be able to live a bank-free existence in the future, banks were among their top hated brands and viewed these financial institutions as irrelevant. A technological revolution coupled with the loss of trust and the demands of a new generation are set to transform the players and tools available to this industry. This report will explore the current trends and new players affecting its transformation, and will examine the future trends, features, and business models of the financial services sector.

Project Title: The Future of Content, Media, Entertainment & Knowledge

Description: In the modern world, there is more content than available time to consume it. With the advent of the content explosion, this issue poses diverse social and economic problems. As content and information have grown ever more abundant and universally accessible, attention limits our ability to consume them. This paper looks at the way in which technological and paradigmatic advances in information and content are affecting how we give and compete for attention, and how information and knowledge must be organised, produced, marketed and consumed in the future.

Project Title: ENERGROWTH – The Future of Global Energy

Description: Around ¾ of our oil fuel is used in transportation, and around ¾ of our electricity powers buildings. The remainder of both runs factories. So radical improvements in transportation, buildings, and factories in a variety of areas can help to reduce our reliance on oil and gas. We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply. This requires proliferation of hefty technological change – but also requires some pretty significant and deep paradigm shifts in the way that society conceptualises and frames issues around energy and power; socially, economically, and politically. In order to reinvent the industry, we must reinvent our thinking too. This report will cover the technologies and paradigms needed to facilitate a shift towards far more efficient energy usage (not solely production, but consumption also) in 2050.

Project Title: HUMANOPOLIS – Sustainable Humans = Sustainable Cities

Description: With the global population set to reach around 9 billion by 2040, the question of how to ensure decent quality of living for this vast number of people, without jeopardizing the capabilities for future generations becomes paramount. What are some of the emerging trends and technologies in modern cities which can be used to help promote a sustainable future for humans? This report examines key urban sustainability issues, and presents future business models and innovations which will help combat them in the future. Re-inventing cities will also mean re-inventing how humans consume, learn, work and live.

Project Title: TO CARE OR NOT TO CARE – The Future of Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Description: R2P is a United Nations initiative established in 2005. It is an emerging ideal which exerts that sovereignty is not a right, but rather entails responsibilities for states to provide protection and security for their populations. This report will analyse the current state of R2P and its history, failures and successes, and also identify the barriers and issues currently hindering R2P initiatives, as well as explore key recommendations required in order to advance this critical humanitarian concept.

Project Title: Re-inventing Growth: How to merge growth and sustainability to create a better future

Description: Modern economic and business thought is about growth almost at any cost. With sustainability quickly becoming a serious obstacle to the future of mankind, growth as a strategic concept has to be redefined and re-invented. This report aims to redefine the concept of growth by merging it with sustainability. The short term, unsustainable solutions employed by businesses everywhere, are quickly becoming problematic in this increasingly unstable and complex world – understanding how to merge business model innovation and sustainability should be at the core of future business strategy.

Project Title: 70% WATER: PLANET OCEAN – Redefining how we Perceive our Oceans, our World and Ourselves

Description: Our lives and economies depend on a healthy ocean. When we saw our planet from space for the first time, we did not call it the “brown planet,” or the “green planet.” Earth’s place in our solar system is as the “blue planet,” with 70% of its surface being covered by water. The Oceans form the majority of our planet, yet are often not widely considered to be a major element of sustainability in the overall public eye. Understanding the issues and future challenges facing the future governance of our oceans is paramount to sustainable development. This report will explain why the oceans are critical to our future and what can be done to advance governance of these crucial human resource.

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The Euromaidan Movement; Ukraine, Crimea And Russia – Nicolas De Santis Interviewed At CNBC

Nicolas De Santis – President of London based Gold Mercury International, the Corporate Vision Strategy Think Tank, was interviewed by Angela Antetomaso of CNBC Italy about the political, historical and strategic background to the current crisis in Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula.

The crisis in Ukraine began when the Ukranian government suspended their plans to sign a Free-Trade Agreement with the European Union, in favour of closer economic ties with Russia; despite public support for closer integration with the EU. This increased widespread public perception of corruption within the Ukrainian government, and the government’s subsequent violent dispersal of what were initially peaceful protests paved the way to the escalation of the crisis, known as the Euromaidan. When Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych fled from Ukraine for fear of his life, and was subsequently replaced by an interim, pro-European government, Russian forces occupied the Crimean peninsula and parts of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, with Russian Presidnt Vladimir Putin claiming to be defending Russian interests, and the Russian population in Crimea, the majority of whom are Russian speakers. This clash of global superpowers and interests has been likened by some to be reminiscent of a Cold War struggle.

“Russia’s incursion into Ukraine is really about strategic interests, and in some ways, an assertion of power. The Euromaidan has threatened the power which the Russians had over Ukraine using economic and resource might, and so they feel they have been forced to respond to the threat of the new pro-European power with military might. Though it is not entirely bluster, the Russian military action and takeover of Crimea is more a display of power and a threat than a precursor to any armed conflict. It is not in anyone’s interests for that to happen, a fact which Putin knows very well.”

Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury, on Russia’s motives for recent action in Crimea.

De Santis provides an analysis and explains the situation as a geo-political ‘Chess Game’ getting out of control. De Santis explains the rising of the Euromaidan movement, fighting to join the European Union, the quest for Russia to have Ukraine join its own Customs Union (Eurasian Economic Union) and keep Ukraine in its sphere of influence (and out of NATO). These tensions led to the fall of the existing government in Ukraine and the Crisis in the Crimea (of Russian majority), a naval base port of critical strategic importance to Russia. De Santis also explains the importance of Ukraine for Russia as its conduit of gas to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Gas Pipeline. Ukraine also depends on Russia for over 50% of its gas. Recent gas-price wars between Russia and Ukraine also were part of tensions between the two nations, which have been gradually escalating as the crisis progressed; but have now diffused slightly.

De Santis also gives details on how the history of the Unity of Italy (Il Risorgimento) is directly connected to the Crimean War of 1853 where the forces of the Kingdom of Sardinia of Vittorio Emanuele II and Cavour allied with the French forces to fight the Russian Army in the Crimean Peninsula. Italy later requested French assistance in Italy in the fight against the Austrians to gain control of Lombardy in the quest for Italian Unity. De Santis argues that ultimately, the crisis in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia will diffuse without conflict, as it is not in any of the nations’ interests to engage in war with one another. It is ultimately a political jousting of wills; an assertion of control and a restatement of interests.

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Nicolas De Santis Featured In UK’s Leading Investment Publication – Shares Magazine

 Read or download the article here.

Nicolas De Santis, the President of Gold Mercury International, has written a strategy piece for the “Mr Market ” segment of Shares Magazine. In his piece, Nicolas De Santis; who advises governments and corporations on long-term strategic visioning, business model innovation and sustainable strategies, wrote about the necessity for long term strategic vision in policy making and business and the need to think about the future in a systematic way. The article shows the true meaning of “lacking vision,” and the importance of visionary leadership to anticipate future change, and includes clear examples of companies that were industry leaders, but then lost their ability to envision the future.

Shares Magazine is the leading weekly publication for the private investors that require regularly updated intelligence on Stocks, Commodities, Bonds, Funds, Forex, CFDs, ETFs, and much more. Since 1999 Shares has remained the private investor’s most trusted provider of financial education, news & information; written by a broad range of highly respected journalists and grass-root industry experts.

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Gold Mercury Releases “The Future of E-Ducation” Tech Report

Gold Mercury International, the Corporate Vision® Strategy Think Tank, have issued a report on the impact of technology on education, and how the shifting paradigms of technology; both emerging and current, are drastically altering the landscape of modern education. The report, titled: “The Future of E-Ducation: The Impact of Technology and Analytics on the Education Industry,” examines the new global dynamics of education and the dramatic changes which are disrupting the educational sector; showing that the transformation has really only just begun.

LONDON 22nd JANUARY 2014

Download the report here

The Gold Mercury report explains what the future is likely to look like for teachers and students, and examines what the implications might be for institutions and companies currently involved in the industry. The report also determines that there will be massive improvement in the lives of students, teachers and parents. The traditional institutions that have shaped this industry historically will be left behind if they do not allow their organisations to adapt. The study has identified where the key education meta-trends are, and also where they may potentially lead, and it is crucial for us to understand them in order to adequately adapt.

Some key findings of the report include:

-All levels of education are being dramatically affected by modern technology, with the traditional higher education business models being disrupted the most, due to their high fees and their need to improve future global workforce’s job-seeking abilities.

-The pricing models and delivery of educational services are radically changing, as the actors and value-chain of education are totally transformed by new, innovative players and changing models of certification.

-Access to education for the poor is rapidly increasing thanks to mobile technology and free Massive Open Online Course platforms, helping to advance the United Nations’ millennium development goal of universal education by 2015.

-Three important, broad tech meta-trends are affecting education’s future at all levels: 1. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), 2. Mobile Learning and Multi-Faceted Technology and 3. 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,”

says Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury.

For this EdTech study, Gold Mercury partnered with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK): the not-for profit organisation bringing the leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and thought leaders to the UK, to ignite local entrepreneurship. SVC2UK recently hosted the Future of Education Summit; partnered with Cambridge University Press, to discuss and debate the future of learning in the context of new technologies. Sherry Coutu, SVC2UK Chairwoman has this to say on the importance of the report:

“Gold Mercury and SVC2UK believe that this Ed-tech study shows the truly dramatic changes happening at all levels of the education value chain, and business models in countries around the world. Technology has started its transformation of the lives of those in and dedicated to education, but the transformation has only just begun; we are going to see real disruptive changes”.

The report also includes a special section on “How technology is disrupting education forever and helping the poor” by Dr David McNally, Director of Digital Systems for Macmillan Science and Education. Macmillan are driving the introduction of new and innovative digital education models, that have the potential to disrupt traditional textbook publishing businesses; but with much greater scalability and global reach.

Education – The last great transformation

The education sector has, in reality; for decades (or even possibly centuries), been the last great bastion of industry tradition and fixity. The lonely island of the educational sector has remained static, amidst a violent sea of modern change and technological transformation; a raging torrent which has long since swept away and revolutionised all other sectors. In many ways, education is the last great industry to fall to this change, and be brought into the 21st Century by technology. As part of the findings of the report, Gold Mercury have identified three broad meta-trends from which the majority of the substantial changes to the shape of education are emerging. Understanding the importance and potential for these three types of disruptive technology is absolutely crucial if we are to continue to bring education out from the stone-age.

The three most important meta-trends and categories of EdTech

The report analyses the degree to which education is being made into a universally accessible, innovative, personalized, and adaptive experience, and finds that the these changes will be pivotal for achieving the United Nations’ goal of universal education by 2015. The report breaks down new types of technology into three broad categories, and then examines how they are influencing the shape of modern education; the meta-trends being:  1) “Open Sources and the Internet”, 2) “mobile and multi-faceted technology”, and 3) “virtual learning environments/learning analytics”.

1) 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”.

2) 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. Mobile devices provide more accessible, individualised portals through which information and knowledge is accessed, shattering the rigidity of traditional education. What could previously only be accessed in the classroom is now available in the palm of your hand, wherever you go.

3) 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.

At the centre of modern education – true innovation

The evidence which Gold Mercury has collected about the state of the EdTech industry, draws the exciting conclusion that the revolution’s catalyst is indeed true innovation, as opposed to business interests or hollow rhetoric. The extensive collection of case studies referenced in the report paint an exciting picture; the majority of the important and widely-influencing technologies in recent educational history have come from small startup businesses who are then funded by major companies, who see their potential. Examples of this, referenced in the report, include Veduca, Minerva University, Raspberry Pi, Kahoot!, Khan Academy, etc. Education is a field which is encouraging and rewarding entrepreneurship and innovation, and one which carries an enormous multiplicity of social and economic benefits. Not only are businesses and start-ups finding great success in genuinely innovating the sector, but their output is more than just economic; they strengthen human capital and condition significantly, by ensuring accessible, involving, and personalized education for all. This creates the entrepreneurs and innovators of the future, driving sustainability and growth worldwide.

Advancing the goal of global educational development

The revolution in E-Ducation is important for humanity in so many different global areas, and is undeniably crucial for sustainability, growth, and perhaps most importantly – improving overall human condition. It is paramount that we do all we can to understand and help drive this change and move forwards; to ensure a better future for ourselves and future generations. Now that the revolution has finally been catalysed, we must continue to drive it forward.

Gold Mercury have dedicated the Ed-Tech report to Malala Yousafzai, whose message of universal education we support wholeheartedly. She has become a symbol for the right to universal education, and the rights of women to study around the world.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Chon Kemp, Corporate Affairs Manager – Gold Mercury International

E-Mail: chon.kemp@goldmercury.org

Telephone: +442071933708 / Mobile: +447932988874

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VEDUCA Founders Interviewed At Gold Mercury About The Future Of Education

Corporate Vision® Talks - Visionary Leadership and Business Model Innovation

As part of Gold Mercury’s video series “Corporate Vision® Talks,” and as a supplementary material to Gold Mercury’s upcoming report: “The Future of E-Ducation: The Impact of Technology and Analytics on the Education Industry,” Gold Mercury President Nicolas De Santis interviewed the CEO and Founder of Veduca: Carlos Souza, alongside CFO and Co-Founder Marcelo Mejlachowicz.

Veduca – “Knowledge should be within the reach of anyone who is willing to learn”

Veduca is a highly successful Brazilian education video platform startup, which is aiming to democratize access to top quality higher education around the world, and improve peoples’ lives in a sustainable way by providing high quality educational video content, for free. Veduca created the first online MBA (Masters’ of Business Administration) degree in the world; an online certification which is actually issued by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, thus giving it significant value. By translating and subtitling materials, lectures, and videos from top universities around the world such as Harvard, Stanford and Yale, and arranging them into free courses, Veduca aims to remove two of the largest barriers to educational accessibility in Brazil; cost and language, and so far it is one of the most promising and fast growing Ed-Tech start-ups in Latin America, with over 200 million video views, 150,000 registered users, and more than 5,600 classes from 20 top universities around the world.

“We launched in partnership with USP (University of Sao Paulo) which is the biggest and best university in Latin America, and with that, we were able to start realising our vision on the future of e-ducation, which is all about certification…we launched the world’s first online open MBA in the world, our MBA on engineering and innovation…materializing our vision of democratizing top quality education in Brazil.”

Carlos Souza, CEO and Founder of Veduca, talks about his vision for the future of education.

Corporate Vision Talks – Gold Mercury’s Series

“Corporate Vision® Talks” is Gold Mercury’s series to discuss business model innovation, visionary leadership and global challenges. During the interview they discussed the revolution in the educational paradigm which is being spurred by recent technological advancements and the relative ubiquity of technology in our modern everyday lives;  and examined how this is helping to democratize access to top-quality higher education, and creating a new system with unprecedented levels of individualization, accessibility, and flexibility. They assess the business models which are present in education, and then explore the ways in which innovative changes in EdTech are disrupting these traditional models, which in many cases have remained relatively unchanged for centuries.

The Future of E-ducation: The Impact of Technology and Analytics on the Education Industry

The interview builds on themes explored in our Ed-Tech Report: “THE FUTURE OF E-DUCATION: THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY AND ANALYTICS ON THE EDUCATION INDUSTRY”. The study examines the way in which modern technology is bringing remarkable innovation into the educational sector; a field which has historically remained fairly fixed and traditional for centuries. The report analyses the degree to which education is being made into a universally accessible, innovative, personalized, and adaptive experience, and finds that the these changes will be pivotal for achieving the United Nations’ goal of universal education by 2015. The paper breaks down new types of technology into three broad categories, and then examines how they are influencing the shape of modern education; the categories being: “Open Sources and the Internet”, “mobile and multi-faceted technology”, and “virtual learning environments/learning analytics”. These categories are broken down further and examined closely, and the heart of the paper consists of many detailed case studies which provide examples of companies and technologies leading the way in their respective fields.

“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.”

Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International, discussing the changes in the education sector.

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  • Italy’s Need For Future Vision – Nicolas De Santis Interviewed By CNBC
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Italy’s Need For Future Vision – Nicolas De Santis Interviewed By CNBC

ClassCNBC, the Italian News Division of CNBC, has interviewed Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International, on the role that the Italian Presidency of the European Union, starting on 1st July 2014, should play to advance Italy and the EU.

 

CNBC Anchor Angela Antetomaseo interview De Santis, where he proposed that the Italian EU Presidency could be used to develop a strategic vision of the country and relaunch a new ‘futuristic Italian Rinascimento’. Nicolas De Santis, who advises governments and corporations on long-term strategic visioning, business model innovation and sustainable strategies, mentioned in the interview that a strong Europe must be made of strong nations who collaborate to achieve common goals and whose destiny is interlinked. During the interview the importance of fiscal federalism in Europe and the future banking union were discussed.

“The time has come for Italians to choose a new road forward. It is time for a new ‘Italian rinascimento’. Italy needs a strategic national vision that clarifies Italy’s role in the 21st Century, within the EU and the world, that creates a new revived shared national identity and ethic. The future vision must be ambitious but achievable and can be based on the creative and entrepreneurial potential of the “Italianità” (Italian talent and excellence) in the world. The new national vision and ethic would then help direct the energy and decision making of the nation, citizens and politicians”.

Nicolas De Santis, in interview with Angela Antetomaeso of CNBC

 

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  • Swedish Television Airs Interview With Nicolas De Santis, On The Future Of The European Union
  • Swedish Television Airs Interview With Nicolas De Santis, On The Future Of The European Union
  • Swedish Television Airs Interview With Nicolas De Santis, On The Future Of The European Union
  • Swedish Television Airs Interview With Nicolas De Santis, On The Future Of The European Union
  • Swedish Television Airs Interview With Nicolas De Santis, On The Future Of The European Union

Swedish Television Airs Interview With Nicolas De Santis, On The Future Of The European Union

Sveriges Television (SVT), the Swedish public national television channel, has aired its latest main cultural programme called “Kobra,” which features an interview with Nicolas De Santis, Gold Mercury President.

The interview covers Nicolas De Santis’s creation of the European Superhero, Captain Euro, for the launch of the EURO currency in 2002, and discusses the future of the European Union brand.

Watch the trailer for Kobra’s Captain Euro segment!

“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 reaction was fantastic, because people either loved Captain Euro, or they hated Captain Euro. This is what we wanted – we wanted people to finally emotionally react to Europe.”

Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International, speaking about the public response to Captain Euro.

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. Nicolas De Santis created Captain Euro in the 1990s to promote Europe and the launch of the Euro to its citizens and the world. The programme examines some of the reasons for Captain Euro’s creation, and why he has proven so enduring and divisive.

Breaking up Europe? Scottish Independence and UK’s EU referendum
In a globalised world of superpowers, where the nation state is becoming less relevant, and international cooperation more critical, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday unveiled a white paper on Scottish independence. The paper did not truly answer fundamental questions for an independent Scotland’s future, such as its currency (how it can keep the pound sterling), or how it will deal with needing to reapply to join the EU after separating from the UK, when the UK can veto its membership, and when it does not meet the criteria for membership as an independent state.

With similar separatist movements happening in Europe, the plan for how an independent Scotland can be competitive and relevant in a globalised world economy was not clear. Similarly, the UK has proposed a referendum, questioning its own future in the EU. The referendum raises similar questions about the UK’s future political and economic role, if it were to be outside of the EU. Recently the White House, in an official statement, made it clear that the UK being at the heart of Europe is in the interest of the world. Large corporations investing in the UK also stated that if it were to leave the Union, they would have to reconsider their investments.

“The European Union has a serious identity problem. Instead of going forward, we seem to be going back towards the fragmentation and nationalism of the past, wasting the efforts of entire generations of Europeans. Our energies should not be directed towards repeating our unfortunate past, but rather towards building the future of a solid, competitive Europe which can function in the new world economy. We at Gold Mercury aim to help develop a clear vision for the future of the EU, and make it easy to understand for the people who will participate in, and shape its future”.

Nicolas De Santis on the current European situation.

The BRAND EU Center for European Identity

As the EU identity crisis continues, Gold Mercury will be launching the BRAND EU Center, which will cover issues relating to the concept of EU citizen identity formation. The main aims of the BRAND EU Center 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. Characters such as Captain Euro, are the first tentative steps towards trying to find a suitable common ground to forge a European brand. Gold Mercury’s BRAND EU Center aims to challenge the current complexity, which is associated with the European Union, 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,” 

Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International, explaining the need for an EU Identity Initiative, the BRAND EU Center.

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