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Sitemap 10 the future of the Knowledge Society
"Today, in the EU, we live in the knowledge society". Many, probably most, people would agree with this statement but would mean a number of different things when they say it. "Today's knowledge society needs to be and is being taken into account in the formulation of EU employment and social policies." Again, many of those involved in policy making would tend to agree, but here as well, there would be big differences as to what exactly should be done. "> The acceding and candidate countries, in particular those in Central and Eastern Europe, have during the last decade undergone a set of three radical transformations: the shift to a market economy, integration into the European Union the so-called Enlargement Process - and finally, a move towards the Information Society, today enshrined in the different initiatives of the eEurope Action Plans.

These three transformations aim, at various levels, at the emergence of an enlarged European knowledge society as referred to in the March 2000 declaration of the Lisbon Council. In doing so, they challenge the economy, institutional and political structures, constitutional and legal frameworks, and working conditions in the countries in question.
"> In the so-called knowledge economy, intellectual assets have become the most important factor in determining the value of an organisation. Many activities nowadays focus on discovering the Holy Grail of knowledge management: the value of knowledge and the added value of knowledge management. Prominent work in this area includes that done by Sveiby and Edvinsson. However, so far it has been difficult to develop quantitative measures that relate knowledge to the economic value of an organisation. "> In this paper Unisys shares some important insights regarding what technology can, and perhaps should, achieve in a knowledge society. While the current focus on the eEurope 2005 Action Plan has brought information technology policy to the forefront of everyone's minds, we hope that our perspective at Unisys will contribute some new ideas to the ongoing debate over the role of IT in modern society."> The Club of Amsterdam organised a conference about 'the future of the European Knowledge Society' on January 28, 2004. This report will give you a brief summary of the topics and the discussion between the panel and the participants of the Club of Amsterdam. TThe participants of the event filled out a questionnaire; you can find the results in the report. Wanda van Kerkvoorden (CEO, SOLV New Business Advocaten) was the host of this evening."> Today, twenty years after the starting point of sustainable development as such, the perception of sustainability by business professionals, scientists, journalists, politicians, teachers and general public alike, is still very diverse. Some relate it to pollution, others to environment in general, climate change, depletion of resources and energy, the extinction of species. But also as a business opportunity and a (fear based) variable to influence and control human behavior.">
Some implications of human and social capital building
The IPTS Report
"The Value of Knowledge doesn't exist!"
Embracing the Knowledge Society: a Public Sector Challenge
Report: the future of the European Knowledge Society
Knowledge-Based Society as a Way to Peace, Stability and Well-Being
The future and sustainability


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