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  • Promoting Creativity and Innovation through Lifelong Learning Reijo Aholainen, European Commission, DG Education and Culture

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • About Creativity and Innovation

    Imagination is more important than knowledge Albert Einstein Innovations never happen as planned.Gifford PinchotLearning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.William Pollard

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • Social and economic background Economic challenge Innovation is the key for long-term growth in a knowledge economy. Global challenge Climate change, energy, pollution, water, health, safety Need for new sustainable responses and soon!Demographic and social challenges Ageing population and increasing immigration Innovative developments for social services.Technological change Cumulative growth of knowledge and information Information and Communication TechnologiesCreative Industries

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • 2) Creativity is the infinite source of innovationCreativity is about thinking and behaviourImaginative, original and purposeful work with value Combined with knowledge, skills and attitudesCreativity concerns all fieldsArts, Culture, Design, Science, Technology, Business...Requires open environment All people have creative capacitiesCreativity can be encouraged, supported and improved, but not imposed

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • 3) Innovation is putting ideas to practice, to the marketHuman competences - knowledge, skills and creativity - are the major source of innovation All fields are concerned High tech and Non-techPrivate and publicOpen innovation is complementing R&DGrowing role of cities and regions Economic growth and competitivenessHuman and social capital Talent, Technology and Tolerance

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • EU and OECD joint definitionINNOVATION = A new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organizational method, business practice, workplace organization or external relations

    (Oslo Manual, OECD 2006)

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • A Broad-based Innovation Strategy for the EU (2006)Covers innovation in all sectors, private and public Innovation-friendly environmentEducation as a pre-conditionPotential of the Internal MarketConsumer confidence with protective regulation Cooperation between stakeholdersFinancial boost to research and innovationInnovation-driven lead-marketsBetter European governance for innovation

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • Human Capital and Innovation SkillsLearning and knowledge-creation skills crucialSkills needs change and varySoft skills important for all innovation Learning to learn, problem solving, decision-taking, critical thinkingCommunication skills, social skills, cultural competencesEntrepreneurial skills, sense of initiative, risk assessment, Absorptive capacity, a key to performanceRecognizing the value of new information, assimilating and to applying Digital competenceKey to employment, social services and active citizenship

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • The Knowledge Triangle: Innovation, Education and ResearchKnowledgetriangleEducationResearchInnovation

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • 4) Education and training for promoting creativity and innovation

    Education provides knowledge, skills and competences for innovationEducation and research produce new knowledge Education and training can foster creativity which is the ultimate source of innovationPartnerships and networks support innovation in education and training

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • All levels of education can promote creativity and innovationCultivation of all forms of intellect qualityLinguistic, mathematical, spatial, kinesthetic, interpersonalSoft skills support creativity and innovation Learner-centred approaches respect different learners equityExploitation of ICT for learning Supportive learning environmentPartnerships and Networks

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • One qualification rarely provides all innovation skills needed in working lifeType of InnovationCore SkillsProduct and Technological Innovation Scientific and technological Engineering Design and Packaging Market and User ResearchProcess Innovation Technical Project Management Organisational and Workflow Design Interaction and Relationship ManagementOrganisational Innovation Opportunity Recognition Systems Design Leadership CommunicationMarketing, Delivery and Interface Innovation ICT & Systems Development Web Design and Content Data Analysis Language and Communication

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • Higher Education for creativity and innovationExcellence in education and researchScientific knowledge and research skills Encouragement of creative thinking Partnerships and global cooperationCo-operation, mobility and networkingKnowledge brokerage, transmission of research resultsEntrepreneurial university Triple Helix model of innovation

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • EU Recommendation on Key Competencies for Lifelong Learning Communication in the mother tongue;Communication in foreign languages;Mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology;Digital competence;Learning to learn;Social and civic competences;Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship; andCultural awareness and expression.

    Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Key competences for lifelong learning, 18 December 2006

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • 4) Innovation and creativity for improving lifelong learningLearning requires motivation and confidenceLearning as a cognitive process motivating curiosityutilising various learning approaches and methodslearning is socialModern learning uses the ICT potential Partnerships and networks as learning toolsEncouraging learning environment

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • Re-think schools and educationCurricula: clear objectives and flexible implementationSupportive student assessment and feedbackTeacher cooperationSupportive learning culture and environmentSchool as a learning organisation Wider school autonomy with accountability

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • Full use of ICT as a learning toolICT can make a positive impact on learning Both on quality and on equity, but the digital divide risk has to be addressed!Learning habits (of the young) are changing ICT and social software grow rapidly with Web 2.0Internet, Google, Wikipedias, YouTube, Delicious, etc.Innovative learning with new technologiesNew contents, methods, tools and spacesCollaborative learning and learning communitiesUser-centred learning and online services enhance eLearning as a teaching approach

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • 5) European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009

    The overall objective is to promote creativity and innovation in society and economyin particular in and through learningAwareness raising events, information and initiatives Promote policy debate At European, national, regional and local levels

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • European Year of Creativity and InnovationCovers all creative and innovative sectors of society Including arts and culture, design, fashion, science, business, enterprise, regions, industries, services, technologies, etc. Decentralized structure and networkingAt European, national, regional and local level Invites all interested to participate, organize and actNetworking and partnershipsExcellent opportunities to associate with No specific fundingBut there are resources when there is will

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

  • Happy New Year 2009 !

    Reijo Aholainen, Innova Tallinn 2008

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