Having only a few people with most of the wealth, motivates others. This theory is actually wrong according to research.
Aakkosia sosialistien lapsille (1912)/Flickr
Inequality actually restricts people from earning more, educating themselves and becoming entrepreneurs.
The UK is about to miss an opportunity if it tries to take on the giants of the lithium-ion battery industry.
Melanoma transfer tattoo.
Doctors are taught how to treat skin cancer – but not necessarily how to empathise with those who have it.
Edinburgh is one of the European cities that make the most of their creative and cultural assets.
A comparison of 36 Australian cities finds that, unlike Europe, the data on their creativity and culture are not closely linked to their capacity to generate economic value and social well-being.
Are research nonprofits holding up their end of the tax-exempt bargain?
Holding patents can be a lucrative and powerful position to be in. Here's a proposal for how nonprofit patent holders can do more for the common good – and live up to their end of the tax break bargain.
Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea, once easily dispatched with penicillin, are spreading across the globe resulting in chronic pain and sterility.
Without leading edge innovations and coordination, Canadians will die from the epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections.
Is America’s digital economy facing a stormy future?
The digital economy in the US is already on the verge of stalling; failing to protect an open internet would further erode the United States’ digital competitiveness.
European Union Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager has followed an antitrust enforcement strategy pioneered in the U.S.
AP Photo/Virginia Mayo
Europe's approach to antitrust enforcement picks up where the US left off in the 1980s, when the view that breaking up monopolies hurt innovation took hold.
For employers, innovation is seen as a purposeful process or task, with structure and format.
New research shows that young people and employers have different ideas about innovation and the future of work.
Coworking space Make it Marseille.
What do these new places tell us about the transformations of our professional, social and political world? And how to turn them into springboards for territorial development?
The first iPhone was more a hand-held computer than anything else.
AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek
The iPhone changed the game not because of the technical details of the device, but rather as a result of its creators' imagination and courage.
Demonstration farms showcase agricultural techniques and technologies to improve crops.
Flickr/Remi Nono-Womdim, FAO
Demonstration farms are a key way in which new knowledge can be transferred to farmers around the world.
Out of all these ideas, will one rise to the top?
We don't know much about the origins of most human achievements – scientific and otherwise. Like evolution, does progress occur as random insights are selected for or against?
How truly innovative are companies like Uber and Airbnb, super-monopolies that capture entire markets by locking vendors and customers into their platforms?
The digital pin-ups' business models actually inhibit serendipity and, indeed, innovation by absorbing entire markets into the sealed-off space of their platforms.
Learning to learn.
Pascale Haag/Lab School Paris
The concept of laboratory schools has raised interest in recent reports (CNIRE, François Taddei...). Will they manage to bridge the gap between teaching and research?
Unemployment is compounded by the prospect of automation replacing humans in production chains.
Rethinking work is crucial for industrialised and emerging economies, where job losses are being felt even in the presence of substantial, although diminishing, economic growth.
It's just not in their business interests to ignore climate change.
The climate crisis demands not only green technologies, but a completely different approach to economic development.
Ugandan worker picking tea as exports in the country grows.
Uganda needs to boost manufacturing and exports to realise the ambitions listed in its social and economic development plan.
GDP as a measure of growth fails to account for damages caused to the environment by industrial activity.
Our approach to economic growth has done more harm than good and must be be replaced with more appropriate goals.