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10 Marzo 2015

An exploratory report evaluating the effectiveness and benefits of e-Governance programs within European countries. Continues by analyzing the case of the ASAN e-Governance platform, and its utility in the country of Azerbaijan. Includes detailed visual research and data regarding the initial development, implementation, and dissemination of the program throughout the country. Concludes by considering the benefits of the ASAN model and hypothesizing the feasibility of implementing a similar program within the European context.

29 May 2013
Do we still need credit rating agencies? Is the industry of credit rating and more specifically are the three big rating firms adding or subtracting economic value to financial markets and economy in general?  Are they protecting stability of rating users or multiplying volatility? And if there is a problem, who is to be blamed? The agencies themselves or primarily the regulators and the investors who are over relying on their opinions?  And where therefore should a solution been found?
21 March 2013
Although there are all sort of uncertainties, Italian election make at least clear that the slow, sweet decline that has taken place for the last twenty years has come to an end: either Italy will wake up, remove the constraints that prevent her potential to unfold and protect unproductive corporations; or she will be trapped into a Greek style economic and financial tragedy that promises to be fatal to the very fabric of European Union itself.
16 October 2012
Although different cities have developed diversified solutions for dealing with congestion, (enhancement of the public transport, reserved lanes, car and bike sharing), few have successfully solved it. Cities are facing a huge challenge in terms of capacity which implies to reconsider mobility in a more creative and radical approach to match the demand of sustainable transportation with the supply. Intelligent infrastructure investments undertaken today will determine how well cities are prepared for sustainable growth in the future.
26 August 2012
This paper introduces the discussion of a working group coordinated by Vision (together with I-Talents) during the latest edition of Vedrò. This meeting aimed at going beyond the rhetoric of "brain drain", and at providing policy options to reverse the negative trends occurring in Italy.
24 May 2012
The need to reduce public spending offers the chance to fight waste, but also to start rethinking the role of the state and, therefore, to begin a reflection on the redesign of the system that binds citizens and state. It is necessary to introduce a simple verification of costs and outcomes for each policy, service and geographical area; to bind incentives and cuts to the achievement of performance goals; to use technology to engage citizens not only as users but also as suppliers of data. (paper in Italian)
3 April 2012
In the last years the process of cost reduction of the parliament in Italy was opened on the basis of the efficiency issue. The paper compares costs of parliaments in different European countries and closes with a series of hypothetical mechanisms that may link the cost of institutions to its ability to produce value and to overall consensus that citizens have in politics. (paper in Italian)
December 2011
Vision launched the ambitious project named "Kyoto of the Cities", with the objective to explore the possibility of engaging major cities in an international agreement on environment - related goals and explore strategies for CO2 emissions in housing, waste management and urban transportation.
18th November 2011
The crisis of rising public debt and the increasing demand for social protection will expose the states to a challenge that may be fatal if they do not anticipate the need to rethink themselves. The idea of the “big society” is not only a successful communication twist to market unpopular decisions, but also the opportunity to start up a process that will challenge sleeping “dinosaurs” and create opportunities: new business models and investment banking practices, a new political discourse, and a different approach to change management within the public sector.
October 2011
The overall perception is that the future will look like the classical past. Whereas universities were born out of a network of international students demanding to the new institutions universal, the universities of the future are likely to have students as clients and international students as the key clients that may trigger their evolution. Universities must literally change their skin in order to survive: become probably smaller, more focused, quicker in order to respond to quickly changing demands, more ambitious.
Turin, 18th October 2010
A paper discussing the merits and the limits of rankings, and the factors explaining why international students choose amongst different countries and universities. Both are considered by Vision as triggers of change, because incremental change within the system could be more effective if triggered by well designed levers and led by credible champions.
Rome, 13th May 2010
Issues developed by Vision su "Politics and Economics of Happiness" have been discussed during the event: "The Pursuit of Happiness", held on May, 13th and hosted in Villa Wolkonsky, organized by British Council and Vision in partnership with US Embassy, British Embassy, Canadian Embassy, Rena, TN2020. What should societies – and policy makers – look for? Can happiness be an effective alternative to GDP when it comes to measuring quantity of well being? Who can define what happiness is?
Rome, 20th April 2009
The future of Italian and European universities deals with a strenghten of internationalization. Vision addresses this topic during the annual conference on universities, organized in conjunction with Nova, Air and Urania, with the help of recent data provided, among others, by OECD and the Lisbon Council. Moreover, universities can no longer be considered independently of the national, regional and thematic environment, in which they operate.
March 2009
This concept paper launched "Kyoto of the Cities", a project with the objective to explore the possibility of engaging major cities in an international agreement on environment - related goals and explore strategies for CO2 emissions in housing, waste management and urban transportation.
Brussels, 5th December 2008
Vision and Prometheus tried to raise fresh ideas in an international debate on the future of Europe. Is it realistic focusing on what the citizens want without giving to Europe the relative powers? And why more participation of people and higher efficiency of institutions are amongst them in trade off one against the other?
London, 1 April 2008

April, 1, London. Today Vision together with the London based think tank Demos and The Economist is holding a debate on next Italian general election . Eppur si muove? is the title of the seminar taking place in London, at Demos, where the leaders of the political parties together with international media and will participate.

Rome, Chamber of Deputies, 18th May 2007
Energy and energy related issues have been recently dominating the international political debate. Vision's analysis starts from the idea that “energy” and “climate change” are not only huge problems per se, but also as the most colossal failures of democracy, of global governance, of the very idea of justice and fair redistribution of the costs of individual behaviours that is essential for a social contract to develop and for a community to exist.
Rome, Chamber of Deputies, 22th January 2007
What position, in terms of degree of innovation, the Italian universities occupy within the global educational market? What strategies are currently in place to redefine the role of the university as a pole which attracts excellence? These are the main questions raised during Vision’s seminar (22nd of January, 2007) held in collaboration with the Italian Association of University Graduates (ADI), the Italian Alumni of American Business Schools (NOVA) and the Association of Italian PhDs in American Universities. The seminar concludes a complex cycle of reflection culminating in proposals to improve Italian universities, through efficient and tangible solutions which attain and achieve strategic changes.
May 2006
Democracy and its forms are in crisis. In our view we still lack an organized theory of what is happening. With this project, Vision begins a study whose aim is to contribute to the understanding, with greater “detail”, of where the processes of “forming  a collective will” became stuck, and to find out what specific innovations should be implemented as soon as possible if we want democracy to overcome its crisis.
Brussels, 6 December 2004
After the launch seminar at the LSE on the 22nd november, the project that Vision has dedicated to the redesign of global governance instruments has been further developed in a second event dedicated to the reform of UN organized in Brussel. The round table took place on 6th December at The Centre, a think-do tank partner of Vision in the initiative. The agenda focused on core issues of the questions of UN reform from a European perspective and explained the comparison between the EU and the UN model of governance.
Turin, Lingotto, November 11th 2004
Vision is organizing at Infomobility 2004 an international seminar on the future of the “smart systems for mobility” starting from the conclusions of its research on the impact of ICT on the transport sector and automobile industry. The workshop will be attended by Renato Dogliotti from Mario Boella Institute, Prof. Vito Mauro from the Turin Politecnico, Jon Lewis, AD Jaguar Italia. You can enroll in the seminar directly on the Infomobility 2004,  web site or writing a mail to:
Bruxelles, Residence Palace,28-29 September 2004
As a first step towards defining a new social contract, the Lisbon Council convened an extraordinary summit on 28 September of pro-reform leaders in Brussels. In a series of meetings, the participants analyzed the unfolding social situation in Europe, and jointly signed a decree setting out the principles for A Social Contract for the 21 st Century. Panelists were Francesco Grillo of Vision, Martin Jahn, Deputy Prime Minister of Czech Republic and Tjark de Lange, President of Young Entrepreneurs of Europe, Netherlands.
Bruxelles, British Council, Rue du Trone 128, 27 May 2004
How can we bridge the abysses between people and power? What are the shapes of our democracies to come? Is democracy a language of self-government apt for many tongues? Join us to celebrate the launch of The Democratic Papers at an informal gathering of bright and interested people who, like you, care about the future of democracy. Sylvie Goulard from the Cabinet of Romano Prodi and Claire O'Brien of Vision will initiate the debate with short speeches, then we want you to take this opportunity to challenge the authors and one another with your own creative ideas. The debate around The Democratic Papers is strictly linked to Vision project and online forum on “The Future of Democracy.
Roma, ForumPA, 12th may 2004
In occation of the conference “Politiche per l’ambiente e lo sviluppo ecocompatibile: progetti europei, nazionali e locali per la qualità della vita urbana e il trasporto sostenibile” Vision will present “La macchina che cambiò il mondo“ (Fazi Editore 2004). The book, sponsored by Jaguar Italia, is the output of the second research of the series “The Rise of Information Society“. La Macchina” shows results of Vision studies on the future of automobile and its industry sector which envolved since 2002 the OCSE, the European Commission, the municipalities of London, Milano and Roma, FIAT, and Ferrovie dello Stato.
Roma, ForumPA, 10th may 2004
The seminar, organized in collaboration with ForumPA, launches the third project of Vision on Security within the series dedicated to the Information Society. Vision’s aim is to reflect upon the changes in the medium-long term that technologies introduce in major productive sectors. Participants will include the Italian State Police, European Police Forces, some of the major ICT producers. Program.
Roma, Feltrinelli, 27th April 2004
In occation fo the launch of Vision collection “The Sleep of Reason” Giancarlo Bosetti of Reset, Marco Cappato, Piero Melograni, Giulietto Chiesa, Menachem Rabinowitz, PhD at the Mandelschool of Gerusalemme, Francesco Grillo and Francesca Paci of Vision will discuss on the crisis of rationality as the deepest sign of the crisis of modern societies after 9/11. In the meeting Vision will present its starting project on the reform of UN. It will be the basis for the recent development of an international network of think tanks founded in Italy by Vision and extended to London, Budapest and Jerusalem.
Bruxelles, 15-16 March, 2004
The week before the European Council Spring Summit, Vision has participated to a unique gathering of pro-reform forces, bringing together top economists, civil-society groups and other Young Leaders for Lisbon to Brussels for a one-day policy brainstorming session. The event was organized by the Lisbon Council. Together, concerned citizens, thought leaders and issue experts have discussed ways to contribute to Europe’s reform agenda and signed the “Citizen’s Manifesto” which was presented to EC President Prodi the day after.
January 2004
This paper presents the project "the rise of the network society and the challenge to the car and to car industry". This project represents the second step of Vision study on the impact of technologies in different sectors. The first one was on the impact of the Internet on Healthcare, this second one deals with transportation.
December 2003
Vision  is taking a systematic look at the impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on a number of crucial sectors in our society: Healthcare, Transportation, Education, Security. Having decided to begin with perhaps the most sensitive sector of all, healthcare, the first phase of Vision’s project objective is to evaluate the likely impact of (ICT) on Healthcare and to identify the institutional and organisational changes needed to realise its potential.
Forum PA - Fiera di Roma - Roma, May 10, 2002
This position paper is on the value of expectations. Expectations as a driver of a massive change like the one PAs are experiencing. And in this sense it is a rather new perspective that Vision is taking to the question of the impact of the Internet on advanced societies.
Political power, democracy and decision making in the network society
Politics is becoming internationalised; can democracy follow? Awareness of and concern about globalisation is running at a high. New forms of integration and interdependence are creating political challenges ranging from security to migration, sustainability to civil order.
in PUBLIC GOVERNMENT FORUM held by Italian Government - May 2001
Internet Era will make even clearer a factor which seems to escape to the debate Devolution: there is no given distribution of power among different institutional levels that we can consider invariable in time and space. In Time because technologies change continuously the optimal level at which it is convenient to allocate a given political activity. In Space because what appears to be reasonable in a given context will not be so in a different one and, for instance, it is absolutely obvious that, for instance, two Regions within the same State or two municipalities within same Region can have a totally different performance.
Friday 6 / Saturday 7 April 2001 - Bruxelles
Vision (Rome) and The Centre for European Reform (London) in collaboration with The British Council (Bruxelles), are organising a series of round-tables to discuss the future of Europe. The aim is to bring together eastern and western debates on key issues in European integration, with a focus on constructive ideas for resolving central dilemmas of legitimacy, accountability and efficiency. In the longer term, the goal is to establish a forum for regular, non-governmental debate and to create an active network of European think-tanks, political advisors, journalists, academics and business-people representing all strands of opinion.
Demos and Vision - Third Global Forum on e-government - Tuesday 13 March 2001 - Naples
Demos and Vision, two of the leading European think tanks, presented together - during the OECD Global Forum on e-government held in Naples Italy, March 12-17  – the initial findings of a research study on “The (Inter) Net Impact on the Health Divide”. The project outcomes were delivered during a number of sessions attended by senior officials of the Healthcare and Technology ministries of a number of OECD and LDC countries.

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