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The world is transforming, Y-Motions International (YMI) is transforming, each partner of YMI is transforming. Probably you and your organization are transforming!

This blog is a place where we share our thoughts about the transformations we observe and lead.
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Innovation Ecosystem: Palestine in Statu Innovandi

In Education and Labor Market Demands, Innovation Drivers for Countries, International Development, Israel-Palestine: What’s Next?, Transforming the Global Economy

I co-authored a short article about the key elements of an innovation ecosystem. In this article we pose the question of how innovative capacity can be fostered in and for Palestine. The article was accepted and published at the 7th International Scientific Conference “Business and Management 2012”, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Here is the link to the article.

Is the proposed model useful? Does it apply to your country? What element would you emphasize more if you had to design an economic and education policy with a strong innovative focus? 

Cheers,

 

Sami

Obama and the Middle East: a BBC debate

In Israel-Palestine: What’s Next?, Leading with Questions, The Arab Spring

In 2010, the BBC Doha Debates invited me to debate the question: is Obama too weak to make peace in the Middle East?

You can enjoy here the video of this pre-Arab Spring debate: so many fundamentals are still here today, so many things radically transformed… 

I then contended that Obama was NOT too weak to make peace. With hindsight, I acknowledge that he was too weak to make it in his first mandate. I believe, that in the case of reelection, with an economy that is finally getting Americans back to job, he might put his weight back in the region. The years 2013-2016 are years of incredible transformation to come in the Middle East. The hypothetical Obama II administration would have new cards to play to bring more actors to the table and put increased pressure on its Israeli ally.

What do you think?