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The everyone economy: community ideas for growth
In Ireland, a new initiative called the Ideas Campaign is drawing upon public and collective innovation in order to solicit ideas for economic recovery. 19 key areas including manufacturing, technology, construction, retail and education are being addressed. The campaign is an independent and non-political effort and coordinators will use the ideas to deliver an action plan to government. In just the first five days more than 1,200 proposals were submitted.
Why it matters
Collaboration and consumer input have long been harnessed by brands to make their customers feel significant. This biggest brand of all, the Government, have rarely taken this need and acted on it. With consumers acting on their desire to have their say – and have it heard, could an open government become more of a reality?
One in three entrepreneurs in Vienna come from an immigrant background and have become an established and important part of the city's business life. With the campaign under the motto "Vienna's economy speaks all languages", the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and the Vienna Business Agency want to emphasize just how important immigrant entrepreneurs are for Vienna.
EnableTalk is a glove that converts sign language into voice speech. The concept won Microsoft's Innovation Competition Cup award as its software converts signals to text and pronounces words out loud. The system is connected to an application via Bluetooth.