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Vanessa Watkins
Vanessa Watkins is Senior Foresight Consultant at Z_punkt's Cologne offices. She contributes her expertise to corporate foresight projects for large industrial clients, such as BASF, Henkel or Deutsche Telekom and is engaged in public foresight projects such as the EU project Innovation Futures in Europe and the International Millennium Project. Her academic focus lies on changes in values and lifestyles, multiculturalism and socio-cultural transformations. Watkins graduated with excellence from the University of Lueneburg in cultural theory, art & visual studies, and cultural informatics and was employed at the Institute for Cultural Theory contributing to scientific projects.

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  • Rapid Innovation Testing

    Rapid Innovation Testing

    New technologies and the possibilities of digitalisation make innovation processes cheaper and more efficient, as they enable easy testing and evaluation – offline and online. Enterprises increasingly use digital and conventi...

     
     
  • A Soured Economy Prompted a Boom in Crowdsourcing

    A Soured Economy Prompted a Boom in Crowdsourcing

    The current global economic crisis has a pervasive impact on national economies and labour markets, resulting in increasing unemployment. Due to the fact that many unemployed workers do no longer have the chance to find a perma...

     
     
  • CoWorking Houses as Creative Hubs

    CoWorking Houses as Creative Hubs

    More and more of the so-called knowledge workers from the creative class join so called CoWorking houses. CoWorking houses offer an easy, flexible and budget workspace (LAN and coffee flat rate included). They combine workspace...

     
     
  • Product piracy and product imitation cases are increasing

    Product piracy and product imitation cases are increasing

    The growing number of cases of product piracy and product imitation reveal an increased threat to business interests and the customers´ security due to deficient products and the utilization of materials with negative health e...

     
     
  • A Holistic Approach: Demand and Supply-Driven Innovation Policy

    A Holistic Approach: Demand and Supply-Driven Innovation Pol ...

    So far, traditional innovation policy mostly focuses on the development of innovation, the supply side of innovation, so to speak. Researchers from the German Institute of Global and Area Studies identified four main trends con...

     
     
  • Innovation by Governmental Supported Start-ups and Entrepreneurships – the Israeli Model

    Innovation by Governmental Supported Start-ups and Entrepren ...

    Public funding for entrepreneurial hubs and start-up financing is nothing new. Many of the world’s most successful innovation hubs bear the stamp of governmental invention (i.e. Silicon Valley, Bangalore or Guangdong), but no...

     
     
  • Idea Contest “Save our Energy – The energy efficient city 2020

    Idea Contest “Save our Energy – The energy efficient cit ...

    The idea contest is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and part of the project “OFFIES 2020+: Open Innovation Processes for the Energy Efficient City 2020+”. Among others, it is organized by the...

     
     
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